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Morning Box Score

By Marcus Gilmer in Miscellaneous on Sep 10, 2008 3:20PM

Cubs Blow Another One
No lead is safe for the Cubs these days, who lost last night 4-3 to the Cardinals. The Cubs took a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth against the rival Cardinals but it disappeared in one Pujols swoop, who hit a two-out three-run home run to tie the game. Reliever Carlos Marmol then gave up the winning run in the ninth as the Cubs got their eighth loss in nine games. The Cubs' recent slide has coincided with a similar slide for the Brewers, who are still 4.5 games back. Said Lou:

I know we're trying. I've got no complaints with the effort. You've got to get the job done. We can talk about having fun, we can talk about relaxing. You've got to get your shirts rolled up and go out and kick somebody's ass. That's what you have to do, period. Period. That's all I've got to say.
Ted Lilly takes to the mound tonight to try to stop the bleeding.

Sox Swept By Jays In Double-Header
The Sox had a rough day Tuesday: not only did they both games in a double-header with the Blue Jays, but first baseman Paul Konerko went down with what looks to be a mildly sprained MCL (though we fail to understand how any MCL sprain could be simply "mild"). The Jays took game one 3-1 thanks to an outstanding performance by pitcher A.J. Burnett who struck out seven and gave up just one run on one hit over seven innings. The Sox put their first two batters on in the ninth, but couldn't do anything after that. Game two wasn't nearly as close: rookie pitcher Clayton Richard struggled, giving up five runs in four-plus innings of work as the Sox dropped the game to the Jays, 8-2. Ozzie isn't buying any excuses in spite of all the injuries (Crede, Contreras, Konerko, and Quentin): "What we have is what we have, and what we have to fight with. We have to fight like a cat, paws up. If we are going to fail, fail like a man, with your belt tight. Don't tighten up now. It's too late."