- Sunday June 29th – U.S. Cellular Field
- Game (82): White Sox 5 – Cubs 1
- Record (49-33) – 1st place NL Central
- Soriano Saga – (7-9)
The skinny: Talk about things not going the Cubs’ way, it seems half the lineup is on the DL and not a single call favored the Cubs Sunday night. And now it’s back to the bloody left coast starting in San Francisco tonight.
Home plate umpire Rob Drake’s decision to toss Lou during the second inning was well within his limits: you can’t argue balls and strikes, even if it’s a terrible call.
Although Lou’s first ejection of the year will be remembered for arguing Joe Crede’s checked swing, I believe it was the inning’s previous at-bat that got under Piniella’s skin.
After Jermaine Dye leadoff the bottom of the second inning with a single to left, Sean Marshall battled back to apparently strike out Sox slugger Jim Thome on a fierce curveball that appeared to cross dead over the heart of the plate.
However, Rob Drake (home plate umpire) surprisingly called the pitch too high.
Thome, given a second life, singles to center field on the next pitch sending Dye to third.
Even ESPN’s Sunday Night telecast showed that its “K-Zone” technology placed Marshall’s strikeout pitch right over the plate.
Thus, in the following at-bat Joe Crede’s checked swing prompted a terrible no-call from first base umpire Chad Fairchild: Lou erupted.
And Sweet Lou was well within his limits too of arguing the two missed calls in back-to-back at-bats.
Unfortunately, Lou’s departure still didn’t swing the calls into the Cubbies favor.
Later in the fifth inning Fairchild blew another call (although, this time it was a bang-bang play) by signaling Ronnie Cedeno out at first base, which killed a Cubs rally while trailing the Sox 1-0.
But even as the Cubs put together a late ninth inning rally, things just didn’t go the Northsiders way; Edmonds crushing a Bobby Jenks pitch right at Nick Swisher who then doubled Mark DeRosa off second base. Geez.
Anyway, outside complaining about the calls, where was Aramis during this series?
Against the Sox last weekend Ramirez went 6-for-13 with 4 HR, 8 RBIs and four runs scored.
One week later, and eight miles south of Wrigley Field, the third baseman slumped into an 0-for-13 performance at U.S. Cellular.
And more, Aramis is out of the lineup the next three days due to family issues in the Dominican.
So, here we are, smack dab in the middle of a four-game losing streak, the Cubs longest drought of the season.
Plus, the Cards are 2 1/2 games back and the Giants are playing its best baseball of the season.
So who knows what this week has in store for the Cubs, let’s just hope it’s some health more than anything.
W: Buehrle (6-6) – Jenks (19)
L: Marshall (0-2)
- Notes: Here’s who’s out for the Cubs: Ramirez, Johnson, Eyre, Zambrano and Soriano.
- With Aramis not expected back until Thursday, it’s likely DeRosa and Eric Patterson will split time in left field and second base.
- Reed Johnson is scheduled to return Thursday as well.
- Big Z is on track to start Friday’s game in St. Louis.
- The Cubs finished its interleague schedule with a (6-9) record.