CHICAGO (AP) -- Carlos Zambrano's day started with a near-miss,
with umpires reversing what at first appeared to be a grand slam
near the right-field foul pole.
It ended with a painful cramp in his forearm that forced him
from the game.
In between, he was a force for the Chicago Cubs, pitching them
over the White Sox 6-2 Friday.
"Not only was it in my right arm, but it was in my left arm
after the game and in my ribs. I had a cramp. That is a signal I
wasn't drinking enough water," said Zambrano, who gave up two runs
and two hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Zambrano surrendered a two-run, bases-loaded double in the first
to Ross Gload, who one pitch earlier nearly hit a grand slam.
Gload fouled off three straight 3-2 pitches from Zambrano and
then sent a drive that cleared the wall close by the right-field
First base umpire and crew chief Charlie Reliford signaled fair
ball and as Gload trotted around the bases with an apparent slam,
Sammy Sosa raced in from right and manager Dusty Baker from the
dugout to argue.
Reliford then huddled with his fellow umpires in the infield and
the call was reversed -- replays showed the ball was foul -- sending
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen out to argue.
After the game, the umpires said it was a joint decision but
wouldn't comment further.
"Just a little bit, but it was foul," Sosa said.
"We were saying, 'Go foul, go foul,' " Baker said. "Fortunately
for us, that wind was blowing left to right and it missed the foul
pole. I said, 'Charlie, man, that ball was foul.' And he said, 'No
Dusty, it looked like it was fair.' And he said, `Let me confer
with my colleagues.'
"They got together and they got the call right. That was a huge
play, I mean 4-0 and I've seen them go off to the races. We were
lucky to get out of there with two runs."
Gload returned to the plate and drove a two-run double to left.
The only other hit off Zambrano was a single by Timo Perez in the
"They get paid to get it right," Gload said of the umpires.
"It's hard to say. To tell the truth now, it probably was just
right off. I don't know how close -- 2 feet, 2 inches. I really
couldn't tell. I hit it and it was fair -- it started fair, so I
thought there was a chance."
Even Guillen had no complaints after the game.
"He made the right call. If he didn't make the right call, I
would be watching the game on TV," Guillen said. "Up by four in
the first and we have [Esteban] Loaiza in there. That's more
cushion, but unfortunately the ball was foul."
Mark Grudzielanek singled and Corey Patterson doubled in the
third off Loaiza (8-4), and Sosa hit a go-ahead, two-run single,
with Patterson scoring on a hard slide as catcher Jamie Burke
couldn't hold a throw.
Zambrano hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Michael
Barrett, who doubled and moved up on a fly by Ramon Martinez.
Barrett made it 5-2 with a sacrifice fly, and Grudzielanek added an
RBI single in the eighth.
Baker went out to check on Zambrano in the sixth before when the
cramps started to bother the pitcher.
Zambrano went back out in the seventh and finished with 123
Francis Beltran replaced Zambrano and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless
Loaiza, who had won four straight decisions since May 15, gave
up five runs and eight hits in six innings.
Cubs 3B Ramirez left in the seventh with a strained right
groin following a hard slide into third base an inning earlier. He
could miss a couple of days. ...The White Sox lead the series 22-18
and have won the last four series against the Cubs. They won two of
three games last weekend at home. ... Konerko got the nod over
Frank Thomas at first base. He drove in nine runs against the Cubs
last weekend. Thomas, usually the DH, was in an 8-for-43 slump over
his last 14 games. He struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh