Recap: Kerry Wood’s final game didn’t end in a victory for the Chicago Cubs, but his ending as an individual couldn’t have been any better. As Wood took over the mound for starter Jeff Samardjiza in the eighth inning with one out, he struck out his only batter, Dayan Viciedo on three pitches. Wood got an amazing standing ovation from the crowd as he got his final “K” of his career. The game itself between the cross-town rivals surely did not disappoint either. The White Sox were able to pull out the win 3-2 against the Cubs. Paul Konerko put the first two runs on the board with a two-run shot in the first inning. Konerko left the game in the third inning after being hit in the face by a pitch by Samardzija. Both dugouts were warned after White Sox pitcher Philip Humber threw behind Bryan LaHair in the second inning. Jeff Samardzija had a solid game going 7 1/3 innings with eight strike outs, three earned runs on six hits. He also made a contribution at the plate with a game tying RBI single in the seventh inning. White Sox second basement Gordon Beckham gave the South Siders their final run with a solo homerun in the eight to eventually seal the game
Impact of Loss: With Friday’s loss, the Cubs have dropped four straight, and fall to 15-24 for the season and are in last place in the NL Central. The White Sox lead the series 45 to 39, and have won 16 of the last 22 meeting against the Cubs.
Team Notes: Cubs manager Dale Sveum was tossed for the second time this season. Sveum was ejected in the fifth inning arguing that David DeJesus should not have been called out because he was pushed off the second base bag, but to no avail. Kerry Wood pitched his final outing Friday afternoon. Wood played 13 years the major leagues that unfortunately were hampered by injuries. Kerry Wood had the chance to be one of the best pitchers of our time. His memorable game in 1998 will never be forgotten by baseball fans. In only his fifth career start, and at the age of 20, Wood struck out 20 Houston Astro batters, marking one the greatest pitching performances the league has ever seen. He will be missed by Cubs fans and baseball fans alike, and it is great that he plans to continue to be a part of the Chicago Cubs organization.
Looking Ahead: Saturday evening’s game two of the cross-town series will feature Chicago Cubs starter Ryan Dempster who is 0-1 this season with a 1.74 ERA. The White Sox will be putting John Danks on the mound who is 2-4 with a 6.46 ERA this season.
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Written by Brandyn Smith
My name is Brandyn Smith. I am 23 years old. I graduated with a Finance degree from Providence College in 2011. I am a freelance writer pursuing a career in Sports Administration. I love sports and I’m here to share my sports knowledge with everyone. Currently I am studying Organizational Behavior at Northwestern University.