CHICAGO (AP) -- Miguel Olivo's first at-bat in a White Sox-Cubs
game is one he'll remember the rest of his career.
The rookie catcher hit his first grand slam to cap a six-run
first inning Friday and power the White Sox to a 12-3 victory over
the Cubs -- the most lopsided game since the Chicago rivals started
interleague play in 1997.
"Baseball is a lucky game. I'm lucky that I got my first grand
slam today, the first one of my career," Olivo said. "It was
The White Sox, a disappointment as the third-place team in the
AL Central, made the most of wild Cubs pitching -- 10 walks -- and
some shaky defense to pull away early on a sunny but chilly
62-degree day at Wrigley Field.
Cubs starter Shawn Estes (6-6) lasted just one inning and
struggled with his control, walking four. Then when he did put it
over, Olivo drove it over the wall in left-center.
"I hope I wake up tomorrow and realize it was a dream. It was
one of those outings you don't want to remember," Estes said.
"There are no excuses. I just didn't get the job done and it's
a tough way to start a series in a game against your rivals."
Sammy Sosa, in his first home game since serving a seven-game
suspension for using a corked bat, was mostly cheered when
introduced, although some fans mixed in a very noticeable share of
boos. Sosa was traded from the White Sox to the Cubs in 1992.
He also had trouble with the sun in right field, losing one ball
and trapping another during a four-run White Sox fourth. He was
0-for-4 with a walk. Sosa declined comment after the game.
"It's not a defensive lapse if you lose a ball in the sun. I
don't care if you have X-ray glasses. He just lost it in the sun,"
Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.
The Cubs, who'd been involved in a brawl in Cincinnati on
Thursday when they wrapped up a 10-game road trip, appeared to be
flat at the outset.
"There was no letdown," Baker said. "Letdown is 6-0 in the
first inning. It's a matter of us walking them and them getting a
big blow that hurt."
Former Cubs first-round draft pick Jon Garland (5-6) allowed
eight hits and two runs in six innings to get the victory.
In the fourth, Sosa lost Ordonez's fly ball in the sun, allowing
Thomas -- who had walked -- to reach third. Lee hit an RBI single to
center and Joe Crede followed with another to right when Sosa again
had trouble with the sun and trapped his sinking liner. Rowand
followed with a two-run double and the White Sox had a 12-1 lead.
"Everybody says this is just another game, but we would all be
lying if we said we didn't get a little pumped up for this
series," said Rowand, who had three of the White Sox's 11 hits.
"It was a good thing to see us finally score some runs," said
Thomas, who scored three times and had two walks and a double.
"I don't know if Estes ever got loose in that first inning. We
are fortunate and we will take it."
Garland was the Cubs' first-round pick (10th overall) in the
1997 draft and was traded the next season to the White Sox for
reliever Matt Karchner.
Garland is now 2-2 against the Cubs after getting his first win
at Wrigley Field.
"I've never been the one to bring it up," Garland said of the
trade from one Chicago team to the other. "I went on with my
The White Sox lead the interleague series 17-14. The
previous most lopsided game in the series was the Cubs' 10-2 win in
1999 at what was then called Comiskey Park. ... Announced
attendance was 39,080. ... There have been 156 players who have
appeared in at least one major league game for both the Cubs and
White Sox, including Sosa and current White Sox reliever Tom
"Flash" Gordon. Cubs radio analyst Ron Santo and TV analyst Steve
Stone played for both teams as did White Sox TV analyst Darrin
Jackson. ... Estes threw 52 pitches in the top of the first. The
shortest outing of his career is two-thirds of an inning. ... Jose
Hernandez, acquired in a trade from the Rockies, rejoined the Cubs
and entered the game at shortstop in the sixth. He was traded from
Chicago to Atlanta in 1999. ... Pitcher Mark Prior pinch-hit in the
ninth after the Cubs ran out of position players. He struck out.