May 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko (14) runs towards first base after hitting a three run double against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Crosstown Cup: Konerko Sparks Sox to a Cup Clinch

For 15 years, White Sox first baseman/DH Paul Konerko has been the most consistent player on either side of Chicago. Through 2,285 games (2,129 with the Sox), Konerko has logged 2,304 hits.

Like so many times before, Konerko came through in a big-time spot. On Wednesday night, in his 2,130th game with the Sox, his 2,305th hit was huge.

In a 4-3 game with nobody out and the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Konerko ripped a bases-clearing three-run double to give the Sox a 7-3 lead, which led the White Sox clinching the Crosstown Cup.

The man they call “Paulie” on the South Side, went 2-for-3 with those three runs batted in during the 8-3 win for the Sox on Wednesday night.

The White Sox are 3-0 against the Cubs this season and 19-12 against their crosstown rivals since 2009. Wednesday clinched the fourth time the Sox will hold the Crosstown Cup since the Cup’s inception in 2010.

The Sox go for the season sweep of the Cubs on Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The South Siders will send Scott Carroll to the hill, while the North Siders send right-hander Jake Arrieta to the bump. With a win, the Sox would sweep the season series with the Cubs for the first time in the rivalry’s history.


Game Notes:

  • The world was introduced to Jose Abreu on national television. Wednesday’s game was shown on ESPN and Abreu put on a show. Abreu went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored.
  • For the second time in as many nights, Gordon Beckham hit a tide-changing home run. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Beckham launched a three-run shot to center field to give the Sox a 4-1 lead.
  • John Danks, the grinder. In six innings, Danks gave up three earned runs on four hits, while striking out a season-high eight to pick up his third win of the year.
  • Crosstown Cup all-time record update: With Wednesday’s win, the Sox are 52-45 against the Cubs since 1997.


I believe the expression goes, “South Side ’til we die!” For a team with seven guys on the disabled list and are still playing above-.500 baseball, I think I speak for most Sox fans when I say that I’ll take that.

Tags: Alexei Ramirez Chicago White Sox Gordon Beckham Jose Abreu Mlb Paul Konerko Scott Carroll

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