Friday, July 1, 2011
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Cubs 4
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The White Sox clinched no worse than a tie in the season series against the Cubs with a come-from-behind 6-4 victory on Friday.
How it happened: For the second consecutive day, the White Sox came to life after the sixth inning. Juan Pierre had a go-ahead two-run triple in the seventh inning a day after his two-run single gave the Sox the lead at Colorado. Alexei Ramirez tied it earlier in the seventh with a two-run home run. Like Jake Peavy a day earlier, Edwin Jackson wasn’t at his best, but did enough to not let the game get away.
What it means: The White Sox are starting to show some heart with their back-to-back comeback victories. That certainly wasn’t there in April and it was hard to find in the ensuing two months. Instead of looking anxious at the plate, the White Sox now looked determined. They still have more work to do when it comes to runners on third base and less than two outs.
Outside the box: With Friday’s victory, the White Sox are now 16-11 in their last 27 road games after going 6-11 in their first 17.
Up next: White Sox right-hander Phil Humber (7-4, 2.89 ERA), coming off a hard-luck loss to the Nationals, will pitch in the middle game of the series. He will be opposed by Cubs right-hander Matt Garza (4-6, 4.07) in the 3:10 p.m. game from Wrigley Field.