If the stars could have been seen Tuesday night, Wednesday’s game would have been game two of the Cubs-Sox series. Tuesday night’s game will be rescheduled later, if needed. It will probably be sometime in September because both teams have two off days in common that month.
Wednesday afternoon was out of this world for Sox fans. The Sox beat the Cubs 4-1 at Wrigley Field. Those of you who’ve read this blog before know that I’m a big John Danks fan. Games like this are why I like this guy.
Danks started for the Sox and was absolutely stellar. Seven innings in, Danks left the game having thrown 99 pitches – 71 of them for strikes – and having surrendered just one earned run on five hits with nine strikeouts. On top of that, he actually had two good plate appearances as well. How’s that for an American League pitcher?
Alexei Ramirez, the Cuban Missile, launched the scoring with a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. Brian Anderson’s one out single in the second inning turned into a run when Chris Getz brought him home with an RBI triple. That made the score 2-0 in favor of the Sox. Go back and watch the highlight of that triple if you can. It’s not often you see someone shatter their bat like a supernova and still hit the ball all the way down the right field foul line to the wall.
Danks had a sacrifice bunt in the top of the fifth inning which moved Beckham to second base. In the seventh inning, Danks came up again, this time with Getz on second and Beckham on first. Danks showed a bunt but swung away and wound up reaching first due to a good defensive play from Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman, who snagged the ball and threw Beckham out at second. Instead of having Getz on third and Beckham on second and one out, the Sox wound up with Danks on first and Getz on third and one out.
It wasn’t quite the outcome the Sox were looking for, but Danks had still advanced Getz to third base. That was important, because the next batter, Scott Podsednik, bunted for an RBI single to bring Getz home to give the Sox a 3-0 lead.
The Sox got their fourth and final run in the top of the eighth inning. Dye walked to start the inning and was taken out for pinch runner Dewayne Wise. Konerko’s single advanced Wise to third, and Pierzynski’s sacrifice fly brought Wise home to make the score 4-0 Sox.
The Cubs got their lone run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Aaron Miles led off with a double, knocking Danks from the game in favor of Scott Linebrink. Pinch hitting for Angel Guzman, Jake Fox’ fly out to center allowed Miles to tag up and go to third base, and Soriano’s ground out to shortstop allowed Miles to score, bringing the score to 4-1 in favor of the Sox.
Jenks pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fifteenth save this season and nail down the victory for the Sox.
Playing in their first cross-town series, the newest stars in the White Sox universe – Chris Getz and Gordon Beckham – performed well. Getz went 1 for 3 with a run scored, an RBI, and a walk. Beckham went 1 for 3 with a walk. In the second inning, Beckham committed the Sox’ only error of the game. That error allowed Geovany Soto to reach first base. However, Beckham cleanly fielded a ground ball from the very next batter to start the only double play the Sox had in the game.
In addition to stealing his ninth base this season, Podsednik was the only Sox batter to have more than one hit, going 2-4 with an RBI and a walk.
Looking very bright as well was Ozzie Guillen, whose managerial decisions really paid off Wednesday. The Sox won the game playing small ball – bunting runners over, suicide squeeze plays, and manufacturing runs.
It was a team victory for the Sox. Overall they executed well, and Anderson had a couple of nice catches out in centerfield, but Danks clearly was the brightest star Wednesday.
This lady hopes Sox fans still find themselves feeling heavenly after tomorrow’s game as well.