From the Cubicle: Cubs-Sox

E-Patt is finally bested at the plate, as he flies out to RF for the out. Masset is still the Sox pitcher. Let's see, D-Lee lines it to RF for a single. Carlos Marmol and Scott Eyre are warming up for the Cubs. 1-2 count on Ramirez before he strikes out swinging. Edmonds approaches the plate and gets a cheer from the crowd. Hitting two homers in an inning will do it. Masset walks Edmonds on four pitches. Probably a wise decision. Now we've got a conference at the mound with DeRosa at the plate. He takes the 2-0 pitch to CF for a single, that will score D-Lee and it's Cubs 11-5. Two on and two out for Soto. Len and Bob are babbling about sunblock and how to properly apply. Lovely. Soto ends the inning with a grounder to second.

Cubs 11-5.

SEVENTH INNING

Lagerboy: I know, I was expected a bit of a slowdown in the comment department, but this is crazy. Oh boy, three outs away from Fall Out Boy singing the stretch. Alexei Ramirez is up first, Marquis still in there. He laces one right down the LF line for a double. I mean, that was hit right on the line. Brian Anderson is pinch-hitting for da pitcher. He strikes out swinging. Thanks dude. That's the fourth strikeout for Marquis today. O-Cab then grounds out to his counterpart Theriot at SS. Ramirez moves to third, to go stand with his A-Ram counterpart. AJ up. AJ booed. 2-2 count and AJ hits it right to Edmonds in CF.

Cubs 11-5.

Wilmette's very own Fall Out Boy. Adam: "Hopefully it's Fall Out of the press box Boy." Hehe. The two dudes, Pete Wentz and someone else, didn't even sing. Thanks for coming. Can't wait for the interview! Adam Russell is the new pitcher; Theriot is the same batter. Pete says he was nervous when singing, then he giggles. Theriot hits a high bouncer to the pitcher, who whiffs on picking it up. But Swisher is there to grab it and dive to the bag for the out. Pretty. Lotsa giggling coming from the booth. Marquis will bat. Len: "Bob and I are big music fans!" Marquis hits it and it bounces off of Swish's glove, Ramirez fields and misfires the throw to Russell, which rolls to the dugout. Marquis makes the turn for second...AJ comes and tags Marquis. And since Marquis made the turn and then stands behind the bag...he is out. Heads-up play by AJ; and Len and Bob agree it was the right call. Piniella comes out to argue, but no dice. Well that was a confusing mess. Here's Fukudome. He hits a double right down the LF line, just right down the line. Pete just opened a bar in Chicago. Giggle giggle. Andre Dawson is his fav Cub. Here's E-Patt. And Pete would love to play Wrigley. E-Patt falls behind 1-2 before popping up to O-Cab to end the inning. Giggle giggle.

Cubs 11-5.

EIGHTH INNING

Carlos Marmol will take over for the departed Jason Marquis. Hope Marmol has recovered from his recliner-tipping accident. He walks Quentin to start the inning. JD skies the 1-1 pitch to DeRosa for the easy out. Quite sunny out there now. Len and Bob are stil gushing about Pete Wentz. Here's the kickass web site for the bar. Um, aren't we forgetting some details? Swish now. He chases a low slider for strikeout. Two gone for Crede. 2-2 count on Crede. High ball three. Ball four inside. That's two walks and one strikeout for Marmol. Larry Rothschild comes out for a chat. DeWayne Wise stands in there. Eyre is warming up. Marmol falls behind 3-0 count. Ball four. Bases loaded for Alexei Ramirez. Marmol has walked 'em loaded. Octavio Dotel gets loose in the Sox bullpen. Ball one on Ramirez. Aramis Ramirez asks for time to talk to Marmol. Too many A-Rams! And Marmol finally finds the strike zone, 1-1 count. 2-1, 2-2. 41,021 fans are on their feet...and...looks like it almost hits Ramirez, but it doesn't. It's a wild pitch and that will score Quentin. Cubs 11-6. That pitch went behind Ramirez. Weird. He hits the 3-2 pitch to the other A-Ram for the grounder/out at first. Some control issues for Marmol.

Cubs 11-6.

LA Sox Girl: I was just thinking that yesterday. Boys are strange. Russell will stay in there for the Sox; D-Lee is up first. Lee strikes out swinging: called strike, called strike, swinging strike. Here's A-Ram. He stikes the 1-1 to Dye in RF for out No. 2. Edmonds now, he's having a so-so day. He tries to hit his third homer, but there's not enough power behind it and he flies out to Quentin in LF.

Cubs 11-6.

NINTH INNING

Bob Howry is the new Cubs pitch. Jim Thome is the Sox batter, in place of pitcher Adam Russell. 2-0 count. 2-1 count. Showing a bit more patience than yesterday, when Thome hit the first pitch. 2-2. Second strike hit the bat of Thome and went foul, quite close to his fists. Boing. Thome hits it to DeRosa at second, but the "Thome Shift" works and the lumbering Thome can't beat out the throw. Len and Bob's player of the game: Eric Patterson. Sorry Edmonds, you'll have to hit three HRs to beat E-Patt for that honor. O-Cab. Here you go Jane: Friday's Cubicle. 2-2 count on O-Cab. And he hits a single. Len: "That one is feathered into CF." Feathered? Play of the game: Fontenot's HR. Again, sorry Edmonds. Here's AJ. 0-2 count. Checked swing, 1-2 count. Crowd chants "AJ sucks" and to that...AJ foul-tips it into Soto's glove for the out. Where's the love? It's up to the dreamy Carlos Quentin to hit a five-run HR. 0-2 count. Karl_in_Chicago: Saw that too...Jimmy Carter look-alike in the stands. Ball. Quentin rips a single to CF, and Edmonds fields and fires to third ahead of a sliding O-Cab. Ballsy play down five with two outs. Hmmm. JD. Dye pokes to 0-1 to RCF, that will score O-Cab. Cubs 11-7. Dye has a single, Quentin to third. Kerry Wood is warming up with the tieing run in the on-deck circle. Rothschild on the phone: "He's not ready." Lou: "Ok." And here comes Lou...veeeeerrrrryyyyy slowly. Here comes Woody. Someone get Lou a rascal. So it will be Wood vs. Nick Swisher. Foul ball, strike one. Called strike two. Dye runs to second. And the pitch...high ball one. Swing and a miss on high fastball. And that's your ballgame.

Cubs 11-7.

Final thoughts: White Sox still can't win on the road (even if the road is still in Chicago), Mariotti cornered, Contreras blows up, Edmonds hits two homers and DeWayne Wise is my new best friend. Cubs will go for the sweep Sunday night...so come on back for our award-winning cubicle.
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