- Friday June 20th – Wrigley Field
- Game (74): Cubs 4 – White Sox 3
- Record (46-28) – 1st place NL Central
- Soriano Saga – (4-4)
The skinny:At work this morning I hedged a bet with the boss, loser of the cross-town classic series buys dinner.
Of course, I’ve got the Cubs and the native Southsider is taking his Sox.
I don’t have one betting bone in my body, never have never will.
Las Vegas you say, I’m not interested – except for the food.
Super Bowl bets, nope.
March Madness: one time I bet a single dollar; call it peer pressure from the rest of the office.
Even during last year’s Kentucky Derby fellow employees became so frustrated with my lack of betting interest that they gave me their own money to squander.
So obviously, it’s not like me to settle on a sports wager.
And, the first six innings of today’s ballgame reminded me why I don’t bet in the first place; no one ever knows for sure who’ll come out on top.
Plus, with the Cubs trailing 3-1 heading into seventh I had my doubts about a comeback win.
To this point John Danks only allowed five Cubs to reach base, and he also had the Sox’s solid bullpen in the waiting.
Needless to say, the Cubs needed some help at the plate, especially with the flags flying limp in center field.
Who ever thought ‘luck’ would turn out to be the Sox’s Octavio Dotel, a right-handed reliever who’s allowed just two home runs in 33-plus innings this season?
And just when I thought the game reached its climax during the seventh with Lee and Ramirez’s back-to-back jacks, Aramis goes walk-off in the ninth! Awesome!
Okay, one more Cubs win and both my wallet and belly is a little fatter.
W: Wood (4-1)
L: Linebrink (2-2)
- Notes: The Cubs are 30-8 at Wrigley Field.
- This is the first time both the Cubs and Sox have held a first place lead in their respective divisions while meeting during interleague play.
- D. Lee and Aramis hit back-to-back jobs earlier this season in Philadelphia (April 11th).
- Ramirez’s last walk-off home run came nearly one year ago against the Brewers at Wrigley Field on June 29th.
- Aramis smashed a two-out, two-run game-winning home run against Francisco Cordero.