June 19, 2010
Moment No. 8
#8.) June 18, 1997 – First Time is Always the Best – White Sox 3, Cubs 0
For the second straight night, a sellout crowd of
44,204 — the second-largest regular-season turnout in new Comiskey Park
history — witnessed the White Sox defeat the Cubs in the deciding game
of the historic first regular season meeting between the crosstown
rivals. Wilson Alvarez tossed a four-hitter and allowed only one
batter (Mark Grace in the first inning) to reach second base while Dave
Martinez homered for the second straight game.
June 18, 2010
Many of you have problem already seen in today’s papers, but this afternoon the White Sox officially recalled infielder Dayan Viciedo from Class AAA Charlotte and designated infielder Jayson Nix for assignment.
Viciedo, 21, is hitting .290 (69-238) with 14 home runs, 34 RBI and a .525 slugging percentage in 62 games with Charlotte this season. The 5-foot-11, 240-pounder appeared in 51 games at first base and 10 at third.
Viciedo ranks fourth in the International League in home runs and 10th in slugging percentage. He homered in each of his last three games with the Knights and was 11-28 (.393) over his last eight contests.
June 18, 2010
Moment No. 9
9.) July 9, 1999 – Sacrificial Win – White Sox 3, Cubs 2
Carlos Lee’s sacrifice fly with one out in the ninth inning plated Ray Durham with the winning run as the White Sox improved to 4-0 against the Cubs on the season. Starter Mike Sirotka allowed two runs on seven hits over 6.2 IP, walking none with five strikeouts, including Sammy Sosa to end a Cubs threat in the sixth. Bob Howry struck out the side in the ninth to earn the win.
June 16, 2010
As we start to count down to the Crosstown series here at U.S. Cellular Field, we are going to count down to the best White Sox moments against the Cubs at home. The list is totally in fun and totally subjective, just as lask week’s list of top moments at Wrigley was, so feel free to offer your thoughts and your own Top 10 Sox moments along the way …
Moment No. 10
June 9, 2000 – Sosa Scares, but Sox Win – White Sox 6, Cubs 5 (14 innings)
Ray Durham’s single off Daniel Garibay with one out in the 14th inning scored Herbert Perry with the winning run. The victory was the fifth straight and 17th in 24 games for the White Sox, who played their longest game at Comiskey Park since a 15-inning contest on 6/2/95 vs. Detroit. Sammy Sosa’s two-run homer off Keith Foulke in the ninth forced extra innings, but Bill Simas (3.0 IP) and Jesus Pena combined to hold the Cubs hitless over the final 5.0 IP, with Pena earning his first career victory.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Pierre 7, Vizquel5, Rios8, PK3, Kotsay9, Ramirez6, Castro2, Beckham4, Garcia1.
Make sure you watch MLB Network, Comcast SportsNet Chicago or listen on WSCR this Friday when the White Sox visit the Nationals for the very first time. Mark Buehrle faces Stephen Strasburg in Friday night’s series opener. That’s one not to miss.
Chicago White Sox Charities
Make sure to attend the next Chicago White Sox Charities fundraiser on July 8 when White Sox players act as servers for a private party for you and your friends at Texas de Brazil downtown. For details and to purchase your tickets, click here. Don’t delay as tickets to the event are limited.
Monday, June 14, 2010
The Weekend That Was
Oh, but for a ninth-inning base hit last night to make the weekend even better …
People still were buzzing about the pregame atmosphere from last night. I know ESPN didn’t carry much of it, but here’s some of the action, courtesy of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
62 Games In
So 62 games into the season with 100 remaining, it might again provide some interesting perspective on the long, long baseball season.
It seems every year is the same. You come out of spring training thinking you have a pretty good team only to struggle early. Quickly, the experts declare that it’s time to give up the season, that all is lost and it’s time to think about next year.
That may, in the end, prove to be the case, but it is just so easy to forget how much baseball is yet to be played.
Through 62 games of 2009, the White Sox stood at 28-34. This year, 28-34. Certainly, we all felt we were in a deep hole a week ago, but after a strong week, we’ve climbed halfway out. What if this team continues to play well and we are able to reach .500 by the All-Star Break?
Last year, we went 8-2 to end June with a 39-38 record. By July 23, the White Sox — fueled by Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game — were in first place. The team was 53-51 at the end of July 2009, and you felt we were hanging around in the race until a 1-8 stretch to end August left the Sox at 64-68 entering September.
The Minnestoa Twins, last year’s division champs, were 30-32 after 62, 45-44 at the All-Star Break and fell as far as six games under .500 on August 17 (56-62) before a furious rally saw them go 31-14 down the stretch to win the division in 163 games with an 87-76 mark.
People can ridicule us for holding out hope, but things do happen to teams — including teams changing their personalities — over a long. long 162-game season.
That’s why it’s fun to watch the campaign unfold each summer.
June 11, 2010
Moment No. 1
July 1, 2006 – A.J.’s Revenge – White Sox 8, Cubs 6
Trailing, 6-5, with two outs in the ninth inning, A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer off Ryan Dempster to give the White Sox an 8-6 win. With two outs and the bases empty Ross Gload hit an infield single, and Jermaine Dye walked to set the stage for Pierzynski’s dramatics. The game was delayed following Pierzynski’s home run after fans littered the field with garbage. Bobby Jenks retired the Cubs in order in the ninth to secure the win. Jim Thome, Paul Konerko (pinch hit) and Joe Crede also homered in the victory.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This story from whitesox.com beat writer Scott Merkin
June 10, 2010
Moment No. 2
June 13, 1999 – Caruso Goes Long, Sox Sweep – White Sox 6, Cubs 4
Mike Caruso’s first home run of the season, a two-run shot off Rick Aguilera with two outs in the eighth inning, broke a 4-4 tie and gave the White Sox a sweep of the three-game series, the White Sox only sweep at Wrigley. Ray Durham went 4-4 for his second straight four-hit game and preceded Caruso’s game-winner with a triple.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The start of the annual White Sox vs. Cubs showdown looms tomorrow, with the 1:20 pm start of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
I usually dread the series because it seems to interrupt the flow of a season with an over-sized, over-hyped, over-intense three games. But with the Hawks earning so much buzz and media attention with their successful Stanley Cup-winning campaign, this year, the series is sneaking up on everyone a bit. Now, with a parade and World Cup opener also falling on Friday, a lot is going on in the sports world.
But this year, I am actually looking forward to the series because, usually, something — good, bad, indifferent — happens. We need that this year. We need something to happen, something to change our fortunes and get our engines revving. Maybe this will be it.
A Few Notes
The White Sox enter their series with the Cubs having won three straight and seven of the last nine against the Cubs to take a 37-35 lead in the all-time series. The Sox have posted back-to-back shutouts and own a scoreless streak of 19.0 innings dating to 6/27/09.
The Sox also hold a 169-120-8 all-time series edge when you count postseason, exhibition, spring training and regular-season games.
A glance at the White Sox career batting and pitching leaders against the Cubs shows many current names.
Paul Konerko is the franchise’s all-time leader in games (53), home runs (14), hits (55) and RBI (38). Carlos Quentin leads with a .464 batting average (min. 20 AB).
Mark Buehrle, with four victories, tops all Sox pitchers and also leads in strikeouts (50), IP (72.2) and starts (11). Freddy Garcia leads in ERA (0.41), with John Danks second at 0.90.