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Alfonso Soriano admires his sixth-inning homer last night.
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  • Alfonso Soriano admires his sixth-inning homer last night.
If not for a little bad luck—it stopped raining—the White Sox wouldn't have lost to the Cubs again last night.

The game was a makeup of a May 28th contest. The Cubs were winning that one, 2-0 in the third inning, when a downpour temporarily saved the Sox. The postponement was the best the south-siders could do that week, the Cubs trouncing them in the other three games.

Last night, after the tarp was rolled up and the contest started at the Cell, the Sox gallantly held their own at first. The score was knotted at one in the top of the sixth when a flash of lightning and a clap of thunder portended another meteorological stay of execution for the Sox. The clouds failed to open, however, and instead Alfonso Soriano did his Roy Hobbs impression, piercing the humid air with a dart over the wall in left. The Sox pulled even in the bottom of the frame, but then it poured on the Sox bullpen—eight hits and six runs in the last two innings, as the Cubs won, 8-2, completing the four-game drowning.

When the teams began the series on May 27th, the skies appeared to be clearing for the Sox. They'd won nine of 12 the previous two weeks to even their record at 24-24, and pull within four games of first. But on that fateful May 27th, Jeff Samardzija blanked them on two hits, 7-0, at the Cell. After the rainout the following day, the Cubs battered the Sox twice at Wrigley, 9-3 and 8-3. The Sox record since the Samardzija shutout is 10-28. They're now 34-52 overall, 14 games out of first. Only the Houston Astros (32-57) and the Miami Marlins (32-56) are worse.

The Cubs were 19-30 when the Sox broke their gloom, and have gone 20-18 since the Samardzija gem. They have a tough schedule the rest of the season, though—no more games with the Sox.

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