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Cubs vs. White Sox play-by-play

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Top of the first: Scott Podsednik leads off the game by ripping a ball past Cubs center fielder Kosuke Fukudome that gets stuck in the ivy. The speedy Podsednik, who would have easily reached third, is sent back to second. Gordon Beckham follows with a routine 1-5-3-4 double-play grounder that sees Podsednik tagged out in a rundown between second and third and Beckham in a pickle between second and first. A.J. Pierzynski's at-bat yields a tapper to first that seems uninteresting compared to all the action before.
White Sox 0, Cubs 0

Bottom of the first: Fukudome grounds out to Alexei Ramirez before Ryan Theriot pops up a bunt to the pitcher Carlos Torres. Aramis Ramirez grounds out to the other Ramirez for a quick 1-2-3 half inning.
White Sox 0, Cubs 0

Top of the second: Paul Konerko swings at the first pitch and hits an easy fly ball to Fukudome in center. Carlos Quentin fouls out to Jake Fox (who is filling in for proud father Derrek Lee). Chris Getz ropes a two-out single into right field and then takes second when Fox muffs a pick-off toss from pitcher Ryan Dempster. Ramirez makes the Cubs pay by singling through the hole to score Getz. Koyie Hill throws out Ramirez as he tries to steal second to end the threat.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Bottom of the second: Milton Bradley reaches on a broken-bat infield single that Ramirez can't get to in time. Fox swings at the first pitch and pops out to Podsednik in cetner. Soriano does virtually the same thing and Torres fans Jeff Baker for out No. 3.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Top of the third: Dewayne Wise starts things off by flying out to Bradley in right. Dempster strikes out Torres on a 2-2 pitch before Podsednik lines a single into left. Beckham flies to Bradley down the right-field line.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Bottom of the third: Koyie Hill taps weakly to second for the first out. Ramirez makes a spectacular play on a Dempster ground ball, ranging deep in the hole and showing off his arm on the assist to first. Fukudome hits a flair to left-center that drops in for a two-out single. Theriot hits a liner off Torres' glove, but the pitcher is able to scramble to the ball and retire him in time.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Top of the fourth: Pierzynksi grounds out to Fox at first for out No. 1. Konerko goes down swinging at a pitch in the dirt outside. Quentin laces a ball between Ramirez and Theriot for a two-out single. Getz hits a weak grounder to Baker at second for the final out.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Bottom of the fourth: Torres plunks Ramirez with a pitch and the Cubs third baseman takes a very, very slow walk over to first base. Bradley flies out to Quentin in left, who fights the sun before making the catch. Fox strokes a single to left-center, allowing Ramirez to race around to third. Soriano strikes out swinging on a breaking ball, leaving it up to Baker, who hits into an inning-ending 4-6 fielder's choice.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Top of the fifth: Ramirez kicks things off with a solid single to left. Theriot makes a nice running play on a Dewayne Wise pop-fly down the left-field line and Torres strikes out while trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Ramirez steals second as Hill's throw bounds into center, but there is no advance. Podsednik works a walk to bring Beckham up with two on and two out. The rookie third baseman chops out to third to end the scoring chance.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Bottom of the fifth: Hill blasts one to deep right that Wise snags after turning the wrong way not once, but twice. Dempster flies to short center for a much less exciting putout. Fukudome fans to complete the 1-2-3 half inning.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Top of the sixth: Pierzynski singles to right field to give the Sox a baserunner. Dempster buckles down and strikes out Konerko and Quentin before hitting Getz right between the ribs. Ramirez sends Bradley to the warning track, but his fly out ends the inning.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Bottom of the sixth: Theriot flies out to right and Ramirez bounces to third for two quick outs. Bradley strikes out for out No. 3 and is showered with boos.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Top of the seventh: Wise hits a lazy fly ball to Soriano in left for the first out. Torres strikes out quickly and Podsednik does the same thing. Ron Santo really belts out the seventh-inning stretch.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Bottom of the seventh: Fox doubles to the wall in right-center to give the Cubs an excellent chance to tie things up. Soriano fails to get him over in the form of a boo-inducing strikeout. Baker singles to right and Wise guns out Fox at home plate for the second out. Baker advances to second on the throw. Torres gets Hill swinging on a 2-2 pitch to preserve the lead.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Top of the eighth: Beckham singles up the middle and scores when Soriano slips trying to catch a Pierzynski fly ball to left. The Sox catcher races around to third on the play. Konerko singles him in to widen the margin. Lou Piniella comes out to pull Dempster from the game. Angel Guzman strikes out Quentin and pinch-runner Mark Kotsay is thrown out trying to steal second. Getz works a walk and steals second and Guzman walks Ramirez. Wise pops out to right.
White Sox 3, Cubs 0

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