White Sox 1 @ Cubs 3 (Box Score)
Wow. I really didn’t think we’d win that game. When I peeked at my phone during dinner and saw it was 1 – 0 in the top of the first, and knowing we were facing Chris Sale…I thought “uh-oh, it’s going to be a long night.”
The Cubs responded immediately, however, and it ended up being a very good baseball game and the good guys won!
So, I can’t speak to the play by play – other than the last inning and a half which I was able to see on my phone in the hotel room, thanks to the MLB At Bat app. I now know that John Lackey out pitched Sale, even though Sale pitched well. Nice to see Lackey get his elusive first win since June 8. (I think that’s when it was) I know that the bullpen was terrific with the new short game trio of Strop – Rondon – Chapman. I saw Baez walk in the 8th – always a good thing – but a great at bat and he didn’t swing at anything out of the zone. Obviously, he’s reading this blog.
All in all? A split, if you will, of the 4 game series with the other Chicago baseball team, and I’m rejoicing because I didn’t see that coming after the first two!
Elsewhere – the Giants are really struggling. The Mets are struggling (again) and were in some “un-Familia” territory again when their closer blew his second game in two nights. Bummer. Team MO Birds however, seems to be on quite a roll, and it’s important that we maintain the division lead. I believe that if we can keep the distance – let them make their run and fail – that they’ll fall back between now and the end of the season and have to battle for a wild card spot.
I have a hunch that the Cubs have another deal in the works. (Note from Joe: “I do too”)
Soler and Coghlan are almost ready to return – when they are ready, what would YOU do? They come back and two have to go – only two have options: Contreras and Edwards, both of whom I’d like to see stay, if possible. Szczur is out of options so either he or LaStella we’d likely lose if we designate. Personally? I’d tell Coghlan thanks, but no thanks and see ya. That leaves only one “dilemma” and I think I’d send Edwards down – even though he doesn’t deserve it, but it is the right business decision under the circumstances. It keeps everyone intact…for the time being.
Looking forward to that cup of coffee. It going to taste great…and it was on Sale.
PERFORMANCES OF NOTE
- AAA – Albert Almora (CF) – 3 for 5, 2 2B
- AAA – Mark Zagunis (RF) – 2 for 5, HR
- AAA – Trevor Cahill (SP) – 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K
- AA – Victor Caratini (1B) – 2 for 3, 2 R
- A-Adv – Daniel Spingola (DH) – 3 for 4, 2 2B
- A – Eddy Martinez (DH) – 2 for 3, RBI
- A – Ryan Kellogg (SP) – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
- SS – Trent Giambrone (2B) – 2 for 4, RBI