Sox Even Crosstown Series, Edge Cubs 3-2

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Lengthy Rain Delay Shortens Night For Buehrle And Garza

For most of Tuesday night’s game on the South Side, the Cubs and Sox pitching was evenly matched. Both Mark Buehrle and Matt Garza had decent nights. Both allowed two earned runs — Buehrle on five hits over 5.1 innings with three strikeouts, and Garza on four hits and a walk over 5.0 innings with four strikeouts. And indeed, it seemed that fans were in for a traditional pitchers’ duel until the sixth inning. Both even gave up solo home runs to the opposing team’s first baseman.

Then, mother nature indicated she had different plans. The skies opened up and a torrential downpour washed over the Cell, ultimately postponing play for more than 1.5 hours. When the teams returned to the field, the bullpens were forced to take over the game. That’s where the game would ultimately turn.

The Cubs struck first after the rain delay, as Starlin Castro scored on a sac-fly by Aramis Ramirez off of Jesse Crain to tie the game at two in the top of the sixth. But one inning later, the Sox would once again take the lead. Pitching in relief for Garza, Jeff Samardzija began the bottom of the seventh inning with a double to Alexei Ramirez. This was followed by an A.J. Pierzynski single, a pop-up by Alex Rios, and then a sacrifice fly by Brent Morel to score Ramirez.

That extra run would be all the Sox would need. The Cubs had chances in the eighth inning, but, as has been the case so many times in the 2011 season, just couldn’t capitalize. Sergio Santos closed out the night with a four-out save, his thirteenth of the season.

The two teams will play the rubber match of the series on Wednesday evening. First pitch will be at 7:10 P.M., CDT.

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Cubs Look To Take Two In A Row At The Cell

After a comeback 6-3 victory in game one of the first interleague series between the Cubs and the White Sox, the North Siders will try to continue their run and go for back-to-back wins against the Sox at U.S. Cellular field on Tuesday night.

Matt Garza will be pitching for the Cubs and looking to start a win streak of his own, after grabbing a win in his last start against Milwaukee. Though he did get the win that day, it wasn't exactly his best outing, as he gave up five runs over six innings on six hits and three walks while striking out three. In his career against the White Sox, Garza is 1-2 with a 6.87 ERA and 2.24 WHIP. Paul Konerko is 3-for-6 lifetime against Garza, with a double and a home run, while A.J. Pierzynski is 3-for-5 with a home run.

Starting for the Sox will be veteran hurler Mark Buehrle. Buehrle will try to bounce back and get another win after he was denied the victory in his last start against Minnesota, despite a stellar outing. In that game he gave up just one run on three hits and two walks over seven innings, but still took the loss. In his career against the Cubs, Buehrle is 5-4 with a 4.20 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Reed Johnson has a .370 lifetime average against Buehrle, with three doubles.

The weather in Chicago is expected to be hot with scattered thunderstorms, and a game time temperature in the mid-80s. First pitch is at 7:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WGN and CSN.

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