From the Cubicle: Cubs-Sox

According to my spies in the press box: Sun-Times hero and fan favorite Jay Mariotti asked for a security presence to safeguard him from his colleagues. Wonder why? To Karl_in_Chicago: That's pretty much what our Phil Rogers said. The Sox baby Danks, but if the dude is rolling...eventually you're gonna have to trust him. Time to take off the training wheels. Geovany Soto leads things off this inning. Soto grounds it slowly to Crede at third who makes the easy throw to first. Theriot now. He too went to LSU; look at me, I know the Cubs! He grounds out to O-Cab at short for the second out. It's up to Marquis to save this inning. Usually a decent hitter, but he strikes out swinging (badly swinging) to end things.

White Sox 2-1.


Top of the order for the Sox in the third. O-Cab. First pitch he hits a grounder to Theriot at short for out No. 1. The loveable Pierzynski now. He's 2-for-7 lifetime vs. Marquis and also holds a 15 (I think?) game-hitting streak this season. AJ hits one off his fists for an easy bloop to Theriot. Bloop. Two outs. Quentin takes strike one on the corner from Marquis. Then he grounds it to Theriot for out No. 3. Busy inning for Theriot. Everyone else: Wake up and go bat.

White Sox 2-1.

Looks like a really nice day out there today. Sigh. Fukudome is up first and he flies out to the great DeWayne Wise in CF for the first out. I think DeWayne will be my new best friend if he hits a homer today. E-Patterson fouls one off to even the count at 2-2. Contreras tries to squeeze in a slider for strike, but no dice. E-Patterson bloops the next pitch to CF for a single. He's 2-for-2 today, madness! And there is some speed aboard for D-Lee. Contreras fires a pickoff attempt over to Nick Swisher, but no luck. And another with the same result. D-Lee hits the first pitch to DeWayne Wise in CF for the second out, and Wise hurls it back to first where Patterson gets back juuuuust in time. That was close. DeWayne! A-Ram now. Another pickoff attempt. And then E-Patterson is running and he steals second just ahead of AJ's throw. Nice throw, very close. And AJ is not pleased. I think if the throw was a tad bit lower, E-Patterson would have been out. Ramirez whiffs at the 1-1 offering. 2-2 now. A-Ram pokes one to the other A-Ram for the third out.

White Sox 2-1.


One more half inning with Hawk and then I'm switching to Len and Bob. I hope Len dances for us. WGN keeps showing us O-Cab's non-homer from Friday. I mean, even if it was a HR (which it doesn't look to be), MLB isn't going to change the score. Dye grounds out to Theriot for the first out. Theriot is a busy dude out there. Swish hits it hard up the middle for a single and the third hit of the day for the ChiSox. Crede hits it off the end of the bat to CF and Edmonds is there to make the catch. To Yosh: I'll give you more Mariotti details as I get 'em! I interned at the Sun-Times in 2000 and he totally did not hold the door open for me one day. Scandal. Here's DeWayne Wise. He hits a two-run HR to LF and the White Sox lead it 4-1. Dude, I guess he's my new best friend. Adam just went to get lunch, he's gonna be so bummed he missed that. Brian Anderson perhaps should get used to that bench. Here's Alexei. He grounds out to Theriot (who else?) for the third out.

White Sox 4-1.

Doing some research on my new bestie DeWayne, I learned that he's from South Carolina and he's one year older than me. And that's about it, thanks Wikipedia. Oh right, switch TV. HL: No lie, I totally thought the Sox would lose 4-3 yesterday. Freaky. Edmonds leads off the inning with a solo shot and it's White Sox 4-2. HR derby time! Oh geez, as I type that...Fontenot hits one to pretty much the same spot in LF for a solo shot. White Sox 4-3. Back-to-back jacks for the second day in a row. Soto breaks his bat grounding out to O-Cab at short. Here's Theriot. Len and Bob remark about Patterson getting too excited in the dugout and how he should be careful about not hurting himself in there. Guess the button on top of the Cubs hat is a danger. Hmmmm. Full count for Theriot before Ball 4 goes outside. Marquis shows bunt but pulls back, 0-1. Shows bunt again but doesn't pull the trigger, 0-2. And then Marquis pokes a single in between first and second; Theriot moves to second. Fukudome stands in and the "Fukudome" chants start up. Coincidence? He's 0-for-2 today. And he takes strike one. 3-1 count. And here comes Ozzie...not sure why. Balls and strikes? He walks back to the dugout peacefully. Fukudome hits the 3-1 pitch to RF for a single, that will score Theriot. Tied 4-4. Marquis goes to third, what wheels! Cooper comes out to chat with Contreras. Corners, one out for E-Patterson. Crazy game today. E-Patt rips one to RF and that will score Marquis. Cubs 5-4. Len: Welcome back Eric Patterson. Corners, out one. Dude, take it easy on a's early in the day. D-Lee. I'm calling HR right now. Boone Logan warming up in the Sox pen. He singles to RCF to score Fukudome, Cubs 6-4. Corners, one out. Wowza. Contreras is still in there at 67 pitches. Here's A-Ram. 1-2 count. 2-2...oh man, three-run shot to A-Ram and the Cubs take the lead 9-4. Len Kasper, one very excited man. So I was one batter late on my HR call. And the momentum, it was swung. Here's a pitching change. UPDATE: Mariotti is cornered in the lunchroom with his cell glued to his ear, whining to his bosses about the inconsiderate behavior of his Sun-Times peeps, who apparently don't like him. FANTASTIC! New pitcher is Boone Logan; 2-1 with 2.16 ERA. Edmonds hits his second HR of the INNING, Cubs 10-4. That's four HRs this inning. Insane. Mark DeRosa is pinch-hitting for Fontenot (why? He just hit a HR) and he pops it up to Wise in CF. Soto now. Called strike three. But the damage, it is done.

Cubs 10-4.


Big crooked number (9 spot) for the Cubs that inning. Cubs tied a record with four HRs that inning. Madness. Juan Uribe is pinch-hitting for Logan. He skies it to Edmonds, who can't make the grab in CF. Uribe is 2-for-2 this series, both in pinch-hit situations. O-Cab grounds out to DeRosa at second for the out; Uribe moves to third. Fan fav AJ extends his hitting streak to 15 games with a single up the middle, Uribe scores. Cubs 10-5. Quentin now. Nick Masset is warming in the pen. I assume he'll be coming in as the Sox pinch-hit for th pitcher. Quentin hits a single to RF and AJ advances to second. Does anyone read Len and Bob's blog? Like ever? Just wondering. Here's JD with two on and one out. He hits it back to Marquis, who throws to DeRosa at second. DeRosa then throws it to first ahead of a lumbering JD to complete the 1-4-3 double play.

Cubs 10-5.

Jim Edmonds became the third Cubs player in history to hit two home runs in the same inning; the other two were Mark Bellhorn in 2002 and Sammy Sosa in 1996. That's for all you history buffs out there. Nick Masset is the new Sox pitcher. Theriot is the first batter. He grounds out to second for the out. Then Marquis skies it to Wise in CF for the second out. Here's Fukudome. He quickly grounds out to SS for the last out. Cut to Ron Santo in the booth looking very relaxed.

Cubs 10-5.


Judge Smails: Not fake Mariotti updates. I wouldn't do that to ya. I'm working on getting a live video stream. Marquis is at 69 pitches: 50 strikes, 19 balls. Swish is up first. His dad used to play for the Cubs. 2-2 count, Swish tries to check his swing...but no. Ball was in the dirt and Soto made the tag just in case. These Sox have got to be getting a bit testy. Let's see something fun. Crede continues his slump by flying out to Theriot...who keeps drifting and drifting and finally makes the adjustment for the catch. Weeeeee. DeWayne Wise. He lines a bullet to D-Lee at first for the last out.

Cubs 10-5.