Just an­other crazy day in Chicago se­ries

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - PAUL SUL­LI­VAN

CHICAGO — The per­fect in­gre­di­ents to a Cubs-White Sox game were all on dis­play Tues­day at Wrigley Field, mak­ing for a near-per­fect af­ter­noon.

All that was miss­ing in the Cubs’ 7-2 vic­tory was a brawl.

“Rather en­joy­able,” Cubs Man­ager Joe Mad­don said.

If you have seen all 110 City Se­ries matchups since in­ter­league play be­gan in 1997 and cov­ered char­ac­ters such as Car­los Zam­brano, Ozzie Guillen, Mil­ton Bradley and John Lackey over the years, you know the kind of things that make Cubs-Sox af­fairs the gift that keeps on giv­ing:

■ SUN­SHINE The most mem­o­rable Cubs-Sox games are typ­i­cally played in the day­time, in­clud­ing the one that fea­tured the in­fa­mous Michael Bar­rett- A.J. Pierzyn­ski fight in 2006. Ev­ery City Se­ries game should be sched­uled dur­ing the day, no mat­ter how much Cubs man­age­ment whines about not hav­ing enough night games at Wrigley Field. The at­mos­phere is bet­ter, and fans can get home be­fore mid­night.

■ STAREDOWNS Jose Abreu stared down Lackey, the king of staredowns, af­ter be­ing plunked for the sec­ond time in the game in the fifth in­ning with the Cubs ahead two runs.

“I think we all know what is hap­pen­ing,” Abreu said to the me­dia, adding we should go ask Lackey about it.

Abreu isn’t a fighter, so there was no rea­son to be­lieve the sit­u­a­tion was go­ing to get fur­ther in­flamed. But you can al­ways dream.

■ HAWK HARRELSON For­get about re­tire­ment talk. “Hawk” should come back for the rest of his life just to call Cubs-Sox games, even if he takes all the oth­ers off.

“That’s enough of that, Lackey, that’s enough of that BS,” he ranted af­ter Abreu was hit the sec­ond time. “OK, let’s see which one of your boys is go­ing to get drilled. Or maybe you.”

Just Hawk be­ing Hawk. You ei­ther love him or you love to hate him, but you can’t ig­nore him.

■ EJECTIONS Kris Bryant was ejected af­ter ar­gu­ing with plate ump Lance Barks­dale on a called third strike in the fourth in­ning. It was a lousy call, and Bryant was shocked that he got the thumb be­cause he wasn’t all that an­i­mated, es­pe­cially in com­par­i­son to Will­son Con­tr­eras’ game-end­ing scene Mon­day af­ter strik­ing out, and Bryant ap­par­ently didn’t swear at Barks­dale.

“I have to stick up for my­self some­times,” he said. “I’ve seen plenty of peo­ple ejected be­fore and (seen) some of their an­tics and what they say. Some­times it’s like ‘Wow, how are you get­ting away with that?’ I didn’t re­ally say any­thing out of the or­di­nary.”

■ WARN­INGS Barks­dale handed out warn­ings to both teams af­ter Chris Beck re­tal­i­ated for Lackey hit­ting three bat­ters in the fifth when he plunked Ian Happ lead­ing off the sixth. Lackey was OK with the Sox throw­ing at the Cubs in re­tal­i­a­tion, even if he said it wasn’t on pur­pose.

“If I’m pitch­ing on the other side, I’d prob­a­bly hit some­body, for sure,” Lackey said.

Happ was the lucky re­cip­i­ent of the White Sox’s re­tal­i­a­tion. “I told ‘Happy’ ‘My bad, apol­o­gize for that,’ ” Lackey said. “I have to buy him some­thing nice for be­ing hit. The game po­lices it­self.”

■ BIG CEL­E­BRA­TIONS Con­tr­eras cel­e­brated his three-run home run off Car­los Rodon by wag­ging his finger in the air. Carl Ed­wards Jr. cel­e­brated his strike­out of Abreu in the sixth with the ty­ing runs in scor­ing po­si­tion.

Big mo­ments call for a play­off-cal­iber show of emo­tions, like Jose Valentin mock­ing Sammy Sosa’s home run rou­tine dur­ing the 2001 City Se­ries.

“It was re­ally big for me just be­cause he’s a great hit­ter,” Ed­wards said of the Abreu strike­out. “Ever since he came into the league, you don’t hear about him a lot but he can hit, and to get a guy like that out, it brings out emo­tions.”

■ CRAZY OCCURENCES Sox starter Car­los Rodon be­came the first pitcher since at least 2013 to strike out at least 11 in an out­ing of four in­nings or less, and also con­trib­uted a two-run dou­ble off Lackey.

“That was a lit­tle bit dif­fi­cult to watch,” Mad­don said to Craig Lynch, a blind re­porter.

“It was hard for me to watch, too,” Lynch replied.

Mad­don laughed and said: “I saw it ex­actly like you did.”

All in all, just a typ­i­cal Cubs-Sox game?

“No,” Bryant said. “Just an­other base­ball game to me.”

You can’t please ev­ery­one.

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