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Fast Facts: Paul Konerko leads both teams with 21 HR's, Carlos Quentin 17, Carlos Pena 17 (hit 3 in this series at Comis...er US Cellular), Alfonso Soriano 14. Phil Humber leads all hurlers in wins with 7, Floyd 6, Buehrle 6, Zambrano 6, Dempster 5, and Samardzija 5 as well.

The 2011 Crosstown Classic Schedule
Date Location Winning Team
Score
Losing Team
Score
6/20/2011 U.S. Cellular Field Cubs
6
White Sox
3

On the day Jack McKeon manages his first game in his second stint with the Marlins, the 80 year old reminds us all that even at 80, he's never seen a Cubs World Series victory, but did manage one in his last go-around with the Fish, knocking off the Cubs in 2003 along the way.  But, on to more important facts, the Cubs fall into a hole down 3-0 at the end of the first from a Konerko 2 run shot, and a Quentin single.  Kid Castro goes 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and a solo shot, Carlos Pena hits a 3 run homer in the 6th and makes a nice fielding play later in the game to quell a Sox comeback, and Carlos Marmol finishes off Carlos Zambrano's "turnaround" game compared to last year's meltdown. Zambrano throws 8 innings and gives up 3 ER in the first, and that's it.  Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is ejected in the bottom of the 6th arguing an at-bat by Alexei Rameriz, and kicks Geovanny Soto's catcher's mask in the process, causing Soto to laugh at the outburst.

W: Zambrano (6-4), L: Floyd (6-7), SV: Marmol (15)
HR: Konerko (21), Castro (2), Pena (12)

Notes: Attendance of 36,005, was the lowest to date in the interleague Crosstown Classic series.

6/21/2011 U.S. Cellular Field White Sox
3
Cubs
2

Konerko continues his hot-hitting ways by hitting his 5th HR in five games and his 11th in 20 games.  The Sox take a 2-1 lead into the 6th, with good pitching from stalworth Mark Buehrle and the Cubs lone run coming from another Carlos Pena HR, his 2nd of the series. Then bad weather forces a rain delay leaving the Cubs with runners on the corners and one out for the duration of the 1 hour, 44 minute rain delay. They did let the Cubs runners leave the field though when the groundscrew put the tarp on.  Aramis Ramirez ties the game with a SF in the 8th, and then the White Sox win it with a SF of their own by Brett Morel, after Samardzija gives up a double to Alexei Rameriz, and a AJ Pierzyski ground ball which moved Ramirez to 3rd base.

W: Crain (3-2), L: Samardzija (L, 5-3), SV: Santos (13)
HR: Konerko (22), Pena (13)

Notes: Buehrle was trying to win a MLB best 25th interleague win.  Adam Dunn struggles along going 0-4 with 2 strike-outs and a plethera of home crowd boos.  Attendance was not at full capacity for the second game (35,155) in a row as both teams are under .500 and struggling this year.

6/22/2011 U.S. Cellular Field
7:10 PM
White Sox
4
Cubs
3

The White Sox take the rubber game and 2 of 3 from the Cubs in the first half of the 2011 Crosstown Classic, in whcih all 3 games were close and exciting.  Jake Peavy comes up from his latest rehab stint to get the win and pitches 5 1/3, giving up 7 hits and 3ER, while striking out 5, besting Doug Davis of the cubs with similar numbers (5 IP - 4R - 3ER).  AJ Pierzyski triples in two runs, yes, you read that right AJ legged out a triple and put the Sox up 2-0 in the bottom of the 4th. AJ scores on an infield hit towards Doug Davis by Brent Lillibridge to give the Sox a 3-0 lead.  The Cubs claw their way back, and Carlos Pena hits his 3rd homer of the series (one in each game), but the Cubs come up short and lose 4-3. Sergio Santos gets the save, his 14th of the year.

W: Peavy (3-1), L: Davis (1-6), SV: Santos (14)
HR: Pena (14)

Notes: Kid Castro picks up 2 more hits, giving him 2 hits in each of the first 3 games of the 2011 series.  
Attendance: 35,403.  AJ Pierzyski and Jake Peavy get into an argument on the field (taking notes from the Cubs in series past) and both properly cover it up in the media explaining that they were arguing over college football and who was the better hunter.

7/1/2011 Wrigley Field
1:20 PM
White Sox
6
Cubs
4

Aramis Ramirez hits his 300th HR of his career, the 131st player to do so (one day after Mark Texiera of the Yankees hits his 300th). Randy Wells gives up 2 runs in the first then keeps the White Sox at bay until the 7th when they score 4 runs on an Alexei Ramirez two run HR, and Juan Pierre triple to right field scoring Rios and Dunn. Edwin Jackson of the White Sox pitches 6 innings, gives up 5 hits, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.

W: Jackson (5-6), L: Wells (1-3), SV: Santos (18)
HR: Ramirez - CHW (8), Ramirez CHC (11)

Notes: Carlos Zambrano goes on the DL with a weak back ("When did he get it? About a week back" ba doom doom ching :), and Kerry Wood comes off the DL.  Marlon Byrd is close to returning from being hit in the face, and the seagulls have been patrolling his territory each game at Wrigley around 4-5 pm or so. Check out Kerry Wood's new charity: http://www.woodfamilyfoundation.org.  Attendance: 41,486, Wind 24 mph.

7/2/2011 Wrigley Field
3:10 PM
White Sox
1
Cubs
0

The White Sox extend their recent dominance over the Cubs with 1-0 win which gives the Sox 15 wins in their last 20 twenty meetings between the two teams, and 4 and 1 in the first 5 games this season.  Mike Quade gets ejected in the second inning after arguing a call in which he thought Gordon Beckham was off second base while turning a double play.  Matt Garza pitches 5 1/3 innings of no hit ball before Juan Pierre singles home Gordon Beckham leading to the games only run.  Phil Humber gets the win, leading to his 5th win in his last 6 games.  Humber's game stats, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K's.  Cubs stats with runners in scoring position: 0-7 (C Pena 0-1, A Soriano 0-1, A Ramirez 0-2, S Castro 0-1, M Byrd 0-1, M Garza 0-1).  Sox turn three double plays in the first three innings, and Matt Garza pitches a complete game giving up only 4 singles and striking out 7.

W: Humber (8-4), L: Garza (4-7), SV: Thornton (3)
HR: None

Notes: Marlon Byrd returns from the DL after being hit in the face earlier in the season and is held hitless in 3 at bats.  Attendance: 42,165, Wind: 5 mph, Temperature at game time: 93 F.

7/3/2011 Wrigley Field
1:20 PM
Cubs
3
White Sox
1

The Cubs salvage the finale of the 2011 city series by using their ace starter, Rodrigo Lopez to stun the Sox's bats into silence. Lopez goes seven innings and gives up two hits, walks none, and strikes out three.  No, all three strikeouts weren't Adam Dunn (one was though).  Aramis Ramirez continues to heat up - now that the season is lost, and hits his twelfth dinger in the 4th inning, putting two on-the-board for the Cubbies.  Ramirez knocked in Starlin Castro with his homer.  Castro had a triple which sent Darwin Barnery running home for the first run of the game.  Sox starter Gavin Floyd pitches decently (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 8 K), but decently wasn't enough for a win on this, the last game of the showdown for the 2011 season, unless you think that somehow both teams will meet in the World Series.  If you think that, then you probably think that strawberries are a fruit.  The lone Sox run was scored by Mark Teahen on a Kerry Wood wild pitch.

W: Lopez (1-2), L: Floyd (6-8), SV: Marmol (17)
HR: Ramirez - CHC (12)

Notes: This was the third year in a row, that the White Sox won the Crosstown Classic Series by taking four of six games against the Cubs.  Attendance: 42,311, Wind: 8 mph, Temperature at game time: 71 beeeeeeaaauuuutiful degrees F.

2011 Crosstown Classic Season Standings White Sox
4
Cubs
2
 

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Your guess is as good as mine as to what will happen in the 2011 Crosstown Classic Series.
However my guess at the moment is the Cubs will win the series 4-2, and that Andy the Clown
will not make an appearance. Ronnie Woo-Woo will have Laryngitis.

And the Scottie Pippen candy bar will make a comeback and be a breakfast staple across America.

From a Chicago Sun-Times article from February 10, 1993...

Now, in a delicious twist, Scottie Pippen has his very own candy bar, made of his own chosen ingredients of caramel, pecans and milk chocolate, along with scrumptious touches of lecithin, vanillin, corn syrup and evaporated milk.

"I'm finally arriving," the Candy Man said Tuesday at a Stadium press conference, smiling as he chomped on the chewy nougat.

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Or, if you need something to do whilst snacking on a Scottie Pippen Candy Bar, how about playing... Slam City with Scottie Pippen

The point of the game is to beat a bunch of early '90s "urban" caricatures at one-on-one b-ball until you got the chance to face the man himself: Scottie Pippen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Spring Training Games: Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs

The Cubs and White Sox will meet only twice during the 2011 Spring Training Season in the Cactus League games in Arizona, after meeting for four games in last years Spring Training games (the fifth planned game was wiped out by rain).

Spring Game Dates:

  • 3/11/2011 Cubs at Sox (Camelback Ranch) Cubs 4 - White Sox 3

    On the day the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions the Chicago Blackhawks were visiting with White Sox fan President Barack Obama, a crowd of 11,599 watched 13 White Sox position players and six pitchers rally back from a 4-0 deficit against ex Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samarz... Jeff Samarjuh ... Jeff Samardjiza in the 9th inning.  Samardjiza pitched one inning and gave up 3 hits and 3 ER, a dinger to Lastings Milledge (his first of the Spring), however he got out of the game with one run to spare.   The Sox were held scoreless through the 8th and only had 6 hits on the game. The Cubs Ryan Dempster set the pace and struck out the side in the 5th, had 6 K's along the way, and held the Sox scoreless in his 5 innings pitched. The Cubs used 18 position players to pick up their 4 runs, one of which was a homer from the affable new 1st Baseman Carlos Pena (his first HR of the Spring as well). For the Sox, Mark Buehrle lost his second Spring game had trouble in the first and pitched 3 innings, giving up 6 hits and 3 ER. Jeff Baker, Geovanny Soto and Carlos Pena all went 2 for 3 on the day. Marlon Byrd was held hitless (0-3), bringing his Spring batting average down to .565. Gordon Beckham also was hitless (0-2) bringing his batting average down to .435.