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The Morning After: Cubs Win Again, Sox Struggle

By Marcus Gilmer in News on May 26, 2010 3:00PM

Cubs Blank Dodgers
Don't look now, but the Cubs are on something of a roll. Now winners of three straight and seven of their last nine games, the Cubs blanked the Dodgers 3-0 last night. Starter Ryan Dempster, who got a pep talk from a few Blackhawks in attendance (photo 3), pitched brilliantly, allowing just three hits while striking out seven over eight innings. Derrek Lee provided the necessary scoring with an RBI single in the sixth and a two-run homer in the eighth, his 299th career home run. Said Lee after the game, "I took some good swings and I haven't done that for a long time. Hopefully, it's the start of something." The two teams tussle again tonight with Tom Gorzelanny taking the hill for the Cubs (7:05 p.m., WGN).

Sox Struggle Against Tribe
The night after getting a nice series opening win in Cleveland, the Sox had their hands full in falling to the Indians by a football score of 7-3. The Indians roughed up Sox starter Jake Peavy for six runs over six innings to build a lead the Sox offense couldn't overcome. The Sox offense cobbled together a late semi-rally, scoring twice in the seventh and once in the eight, but it was too little, too late. More alarming for Sox fans, though, is what Peavy said after the game about his tired throwing arm: "You're going to have starts where you're not sharp. My arm just didn't feel alive... I've won many games going out there feeling like that," he said. "I knew what to do, but I just didn't do it. I'm going to get some treatment, see if I can get some more life in the arm [before Sunday]." But before that, the Sox still have work to do, starting with the series closer in Cleveland that gets underway shortly (11:05 a.m., WGN).