PLAYERS OF THE GAME
- IP: 8.0
- ER: 3
- SO: 5
- IP: 8.0
- ER: 1
- S0: 7
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CHICAGO -- Of anyone who has played for the Cubs in their 134-year history, nobody was more qualified to be at the plate with Game 6 on the line than Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub" himself.
But the way the series had been going for Banks -- 19 at-bats, 19 outs -- the Cubs might have had a better chance with Neifi Perez batting.
In the top of the ninth, with two outs, the bases loaded and the Cubs trailing by two, Banks strolled to the plate against White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen. And, for the 20th time in the series, he returned to the dugout in disappointment.
Banks grounded out to third to kill the Cubs' rally and give the White Sox a 3-1 series-tying win, forcing Game 7.
-- Alex Ruppenthal
|E-JJackson, 2B-Sandberg, Grace, Baines, Appling. HR-Ventura(1). SB-FThomas(1). CS-Sandberg, Santo. K-Santo 3, HWilson, Banks, Sosa 2, Hartnett, JJackson, FThomas, Konerko 3. BB-Sandberg, HWilson 2, Baines. HBP-FThomas. HB-Jenkins. BALK-Jenkins. GWRBI: Ventura Temperature: 76, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 14 MPH.|