12:15 AM CDT, June 21, 2011
Before the first game of this year’s White Sox-Cubs series, I asked a question that I’d like to revisit now that we have a result.
Who would go crazier: Cubs runners on Gavin Floyd or the flash mob in Carlos Zambrano’s head?
At least Zambrano got through the first inning without going nuts in the dugout.
And Floyd only had one runner steal second on a pitchout.
Of course, you don’t have to steal on Floyd when he moves up two runners with a wild pitch and then inexplicably gives Starlin Castro a pitch to hit for a two-out, two-run single with first base open.
Or when Castro opens the sixth by taking Floyd deep to erase the entire 3-0 lead.
Or when Carlos Pena continues the assault with a three-run bomb that made it 6-3. What part of “get the ball, throw the ball’’ doesn’t Floyd understand?
Biggest part of the Cubs’ sixth-inning explosion? Zambrano’s striking out Konerko to end the fifth with two on and two out to keep it 3-2.
Next biggest part might’ve been Zambrano’s shut-down sixth when Guillen was ejected, which proved to be the Sox’ lone highlight after Konerko’s homer.
Guillen saw ¿Geovany Soto¿’s mask and imagined he was kicking Floyd, right?
And Soto's going to ask Guillen to autograph the mask, right?
Zambrano threw 21 pitches in that three-run first inning, then threw only 94 over the next seven innings of poised, four-hit, shutout ball. He shouldn’t need a two-run homer to realize he’s in a game, but still, it looks like he found something better than launching on teammates.
Although I wouldn’t be surprised if Zambrano was clearing his throat in the ninth.
Interesting series when Guillen seems less likely to be with the Sox next year than Jim Hendry does with the Cubs.
Sox general manager Kenny Williams¿ would rather talk about his team’s shortcomings than Guillen’s chances of going to the Marlins. But it sounds like if Guillen were to leave, then Williams would bring up Dayan Viciedo and dump Juan Pierre before Guillen got through airport security.
And that was before Pierre’s at-bat in the ninth.
How many more seats do they have to remove before they can get a sellout for Sox-Cubs at the Cell?
But hey, at least there were enough fans to boo Adam Dunn’s three strikeouts.
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