2 out of 3 ain’t bad. Or: the inter-league streak is still alive.

Fortunately for the White Sox, and my sanity, they managed to grab the last two of the three games in the Cubs’ series.

Game 2 – First, there was some good pitching (we expect nothing less when Mark Buehrle is on the mound). And, then there was rain and wind. Lots and lots of rain and wind. The inability of the grounds-crew to get the tarp on the infield almost became the story of the game. I personally had a soft spot for Southpaw in his rain gear.

Well, we went to rain delay in typical White Sox style – with our starter left in one batter too long – and came back to the Cubs batting with one out and runners on first and third. So, in a surprise to no one who has watched any White Sox baseball this year, Jesse Crain started things off after the rain delay and continued to earn his paycheck, with an appearance by 2010 Matt Thornton and May 2011 Sergio Santos. Paul Konerko was on fire, continuing his HR barrage, but it was an incredibly well-timed sac fly after an epic battle at the plate by Brent Morel to try drive in the winning run. He’s never going to win a silver slugger, but he’s made remarkable progress this year in putting together some professional and timely at-bats. It’s nice to see. Paul Konerko can’t win ’em all for us.

Game 3 – Lots of stuff happened. Jake Peavy came off the DL. And, while he (self-admittedly) didn’t have his best stuff, he battled it out for the win (again, left in 2 batters too long. But, in Ozzie-land, we’re used to that.) AJ Pierzynski legged out a 2-RBI triple (his first triple in 2 years) and there’s been a happy little spark in Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios’ bats.

Again, the bullpen was on fire – fine performances from Crain, Sale, Thornton and Santos. Brent Lillibridge came out of the game with 2 RBI and (as he said) the ball never went further than 5 feet. He got plunked with the bases loaded for the winning RBI. And, yeah, there was some sort of very-unsurprising fight between Jake Peavy and AJ Pierzynski (I know I was shocked – I never could have predicted the two of them butting heads) in the dugout.

But, really, the highlight of this entire game (for me) was some smart baserunning by AJ Pierzynski on Brent Lillibridge’s 4th inning suicide squeeze.

Who doesn’t love a well-executed suicide squeeze? Not even my defense-loving heart is immune to appreciating the beauty of the well-executed suicide. (As usual, click on the photo to watch the video.)

So, the White Sox squeaked out their 17th straight inter-league series victory and, next up, the Nationals come to town. For the second time this season, we get to take on a team the day after they have a managerial change. They’re on a hot streak right now. So, in spite of their manager quitting, I would be lying if I told you that I wasn’t worried about them.

Go Sox!

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5 responses to “2 out of 3 ain’t bad. Or: the inter-league streak is still alive.

  1. Who doesn’t love a well-executed suicide squeeze? I know I’m not immune. Suicide squeezes, double steals, hit and runs, these are the plays that keep me teetering back and forth b/t being an offense and a defense girl. I didn’t know AJ and Peavy had issues.
    — Kristen

    • I am a defense girl through and through, but that suicide was one of the best moments in my recent memory. :)

      And, well, as Ozzie says “If you play against AJ, you hate him. If you play with AJ, you hate him a little less.” I think he’s not afraid to say what he’s thinking and hold his ground. And, he’s a firecracker that, once lit, is hard to put out. I kind of love him for it. His intensity and his energy (and his amazing ability to call games) usually more than make up for the fact that he can’t stop the running game. And, Jake Peavy, of everyone on the team, actually seems to be the most dynamic and dramatic. He yells at himself, usually with 4-letter words, and stomps around and flails when even one pitch doesn’t go his way. He seems to be a hard-nosed perfectionist. Also (it’s a very small sample size, but) I don’t think anyone else in the rotation shakes off nearly as many signs as he does.

      Put the two of them on the same field at the same time when either is having an off-day and I’m actually surprised that no one lost an eye. :)
      -Keleigh

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  2. Seems like the Cubs and Sox can’t play a series without someone getting into a fight, and usually AJ is right in the middle of it. I’d by lying if I said I’m not jealous of how well the Sox play the NL though. Doesn’t matter who the Jays face, .500 is about the best I can hope for.

    http://bluejaysnest.mlblogs.com/

    • AJ loves th drama. It gets him fired up. He’s completely insane, but (aside from his COMPLETE lack of ability to throw out someone attempting to steal), he’s a phenomenal catcher and he brings a lot of energy to the group.

      I’m thinking of starting a petition. If they ever want to move a team to the NL, the Sox should volunteer.

      Maybe then we would be able to beat someone in our division besides the Indians.
      -Keleigh

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