Well, if you didn’t want drama then you should not have watched this series, all of the games could have gone either way. In game one, Marmol let up two singles to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, and the Sox won the last two games by one run each. Let’s take a look at some highs and lows from both sides of the city from part one of the Crosstown Classic.

The Good

  • Paul Konerko continued his MVP type season by hitting two home runs in the first two games of the series, while Carlos Pena hit a home run in each of games proving to be well worth the $10 million investment the Cubs made. I have a feeling both the Sox and Cubs will pitch each player more carefully the next meeting at Wrigley.
  • Even though Starlin Castro committed his 16th error of the season in game three he made incredible plays in the field and was masterful with the bat the whole series. A true star in the making.
  • Sergio Santos took care of the heart of the Cubs order in both of saves and made it look easy.
  • Carlos Zambrano avoided the first inning meltdown and turned in a great performance over a team that’s had his number
  • Alex Rios batted .400 in the series and scored twice
  • Ozzie’s ejection was good entertainment
The Bad
  • Aramis Ramirez continued his underwhelming season for $15 million by going 1-for-11 in the series
  • Carlos Quentin only mustered two hits in the series
  • Gavin Floyd lacked his usual control and let up six runs in game one
  • The rotating third spot for the Cubs’ batting order mustered only two hits
  • Mike Quade’s line-ups were questionable at best. The only one that made sense was game three. I know they scored six runs in game one, but three were scored on a pitch that Smitty or I could have hit out of the park.
The Ugly
  • This is reserved for Adam Dunn, how can he not hit a fastball? U-G-L-Y!