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The Morning After: Sox Befuddle Cubs, Z Throws A Tantrum

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

Leave it to the Cubs and White Sox to play a game in which the final score wasn't even the big story. The Sox had an easy time offensively, beating the Cubs back 6-0 (Cubs recap, Sox recap) for their 10th win in a row. An Alex Rios RBI double in the bottom of the first was followed by a three-run homer from Carlos Quentin to give the Sox an early 4-0 lead as they roughed up starter Carlos Zambrano. And that's where the drama happened. At the end of the first, as he came of the field, Zambrano channeled his inner Bacon Boy Milton Bradley himself and threw a helluva hissy fit, hollering at his teams apparently over their lack of hustle in the field. Derrek Lee got involved and the two had a heated exchange before they were separated and with that, Zambrano was yanked from the game, pitching only one inning but enough to earn his sixth loss of the season. The Cubs relievers gave up two more runs while the bats were silent against the Sox' Jake Peavy who struck out nine over seven shutout innings.

But what of Z? After the game, Lou said, "Carlos should be embarrassed. We'll see exactly what comes out of this. There's no question he's got to control his emotions better than this. He's a grown guy. There's no need for it. I know darn well it's not going to be tolerated." And it won't: Z has been suspended indefinitely. As for the Sox, it's easy to take the lighter view when you win. Said Gordon Beckham, "Something always comes up it seems like. That's Chicago right there. It is what it is. I know Carlos plays with a lot of passion. Sometimes it boils over, I guess."

The Sox hope to make it 11 straight while the Cubs simply hope to get their shit together tonight when Carlos Silva battles Freddy Garcia (6:10 p.m., FOX).