White Sox 4, Cubs 3
What Went Wrong
Mike Quade made a strange managerial decision that may have cost the Cubs the game. The Cubs had a run at third base (the speedy Tony Campana) with one out in the top of the eighth. Koyie Hill, whose hitting ability is similar to that of a pitcher, was due up with Geovany Soto available on the bench. Q elected to leave Hill in the game. He struck out, as did Kosuke Fukudome to end the inning. Soto would have been the best candidate to at least come up with a sacrifice fly to allow Campana to scamper home.
The Cubs gave the White Sox an insurance run in the fifth inning that proved to be the difference in the game. Blake DeWitt committed a costly error and Doug Davis walked a man. Then,with the bases loaded Davis hit a batter to force in a run. The South Siders scored with just one hit in the inning.
Starlin Castro grounded out to end a Cubs rally in the sixth inning. The Cubs had the bases loaded. Starlin also bounced out for the first out of the ninth inning.
Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-5.
What Went Right
The Cubs bullpen was perfect. Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija and Chris Carpenter all tossed scoreless frames.
Doug Davis did a nice job to keep his team in the game. The Sox lineup is packed with thunder, and Davis allowed just three earned runs (four total) in five innings.
Paul Konerko did not beat the Cubs. The Cubs finally worked around him for most of the night and brought his five game home run streak to an end.
Carlos Pena stayed red hot. Although Konerko’s homer streak snapped, Pena went deep to extend his to three.
During the last three series, the Cubs have played their best ball of the year. The bad news? The Cubs have lost two of those series at the hands of the Yankees and White Sox. It is frustrating that the Cubs can’t seem to get over the hump and put some Ws together. Still, the team played fairly well tonight outside of the fifth inning.
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star– A.J. Pierzyski (.197 WPA)
2nd Star – Sergio Santos (.172 WPA)
3rd Star – Chris Sale (.144 WPA)
Cubs Hitting: -.463 WPA
Cubs Pitching: -.037 WPA