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Sox Sweep Cubs

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Jun 30, 2008 3:21PM


Broom sales are booming in Chicago for the second straight week after the White Sox completed the three-game sweep of the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field this weekend, a week after the Cubs did the same thing at Wrigley.

The fireworks began early on Friday afternoon, when Nick Swisher's grand slam capped a seven-run third inning as the Sox demolished the Cubs 10-3 in the series opener.

In Saturday's contest, the Sox jumped out to another lead before relinquishing it and then coming from behind to win 6-5. The Sox's revamped bullpen held the Cubs scoreless for 4 2/3 innings while Carlos Quinten supplied the game-winning homer in the seventh.

Home runs fueled the Sox's sweep-clinching 5-1 victory on Sunday, too: Quentin, Brian Anderson and Jim Thome all went yard.

With the Red Line rivalry finished for the year—unless they meet again in October—both teams' fans can hold their heads up equally high. Both teams defended their home turf all three times, and the all-time Cubs-Sox series is tied 33-33. If our two teams should cross paths again in the post-season, we're in for a real treat if these series were any indication.

AP Photo/Brian Kersey, AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast