Sox Take First Round Of Crosstown Series

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Timely Hitting Backs Up Solid Peavy Effort In Win

It took a series of strange plays, but the White Sox managed to back up Jake Peavy and earn a series win over the Cubs in the first interleague battle of 2010 with their intracity rivals.

The Sox grabbed the first two of their four runs when A.J. Pierzynski hit a ball into the gap and managed to leg it all the way out to third place, driving in two runs in the process. The very next play, Pierzynski got home himself on a suicide squeeze play by Brent Lillibridge. They added the last in the next inning when Doug Davis hit Lillibridge with the bases loaded to force in run.

This timely offense backed up a quality start by Jake Peavy. Despite a little trouble in the sixth inning, the Sox ace had an overall good night. He went 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out five. Before being pulled, Peavy gave up a lead off home run to Carlos Pena, and then singles to Alfonso Soriano and Reed Johnson. Sorinao then scored on a Jeff Baker RBI single. That ended Peavy’s night, as he was pulled for Chris Sale.

The bullpen ended up coming through, shutting down any hopes of a Cubs comeback. Sale, Jesse Crain, Matt Thornton, and Sergio Santos combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings, with Santos picking up his 14th save of the season.

Both teams have an off day on Thursday, but will resume play on Friday. The Sox will host the Nationals and the Cubs will begin a road trip with a stop in Kansas City to face the Royals.

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Sox And Cubs Battle For First Crosstown Series

Chapter one of the crosstown series will conclude on Wednesday evening at the Cell as the Cubs and the White Sox play the rubber match of their three game set. The Cubs made a mid-game comeback in game one to hang on for a 6-3 win, while the Sox turned the tables on Tuesday and grabbed a 3-2 win after a lengthy rain delay.

Pitching for the Cubs on Wednesday will be Doug Davis. Davis will look to build off of his first win of the year, which came against the Yankees in the first game of that series. On the year, Davis is 1-5 with a 4.95 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. In his career against the White Sox, Davis is 1-3 with a 5.00 ERA and 1.78 WHIP. Juan Pierre has a .393 average against Davis with three doubles and a triple in his career.

The White Sox will send once again returned starter Jake Peavy to the mound to counter Davis. Peavy is returning to the rotation after a minor DL stint, which he took after straining his groin on June 5th. In his career against the Cubs, Peavy is 5-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Kosuke Fukudome has a .308 average against Peavy with three doubles.

The weather in Chicago is forecast to be mild, with a 50% chance of afternoon and evening showers and a game time temperature in the low 70's. First pitch is at 7:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN (Cubs) and WCIU (Sox).

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