It's only fitting that what started with a sweep, ended with a sweep.
The White Sox returned the favor to their crosstown rivals, downing the Cubs, 5-1, at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday night -- payback for having been swept a week ago at Wrigley Field.
Carlos Quentin, Brian Anderson and Jim Thome provided the necessary damage, hitting home runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings, respectively. For Quentin, it was his second of the series after hitting what proved to be the game-winner Saturday night. Anderson, who made his first start of the series in place of Dewayne Wise, took Cubs starter Sean Marshall deep on a 1-1 pitch to provide a pair of insurance runs.
Mark Buehrle was on his game for a fifth-straight start, allowing just the one Cubs run, though it was unearned. Mark DeRosa hit a double that went through Joe Crede's legs and into left field during the seventh inning. He scored three batters later on a Ronny Cedeno single.
Marshall, making his second start in place of the injured Carlos Zambrano, allowed only three other hits to the White Sox offense. One of those hits was to Jermaine Dye to lead off the second inning, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
Joe Morgan put it well when he said on tonight's telecast,
"the Sox bullpen is the best he has ever seen."
If you saw yesterday's performance you will totally understand what he is talking about. It was the best bullpen performance I have ever seen.
Sox Win 5 - 1 for the series sweep.