CHICAGO (AP) -- Michael Barrett was still remorseful, even after
he tuned out game-long boos and helped the Chicago Cubs stage a
dramatic rally to beat the White Sox.
One day after he punched the White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski to set
off a melee, Barrett delivered a game-tying eight-inning triple and
Jacque Jones followed with a two-run homer to spark a 7-4 victory
"I've known A.J. for a long time. It's tough when you know
somebody that long for something like that to happen," Barrett
said. "And looking back on it, obviously I would have done things
differently. ... To be caught up in this situation is not something
I'm proud of."
The brawl started Saturday shortly after Pierzynski ran over
Barrett at the plate. The Cubs catcher then jumped up and threw a
punch to the jaw.
Even though Pierzynski sent a message to the Cubs clubhouse that
he would be willing to talk, they apparently didn't speak until a
brief conversation -- at the plate again -- before Pierzynski's
"I'll leave that between me and A.J.," Barrett said of the
"None of your business what was said," said Pierzynski, who
sparked another heated exchange Sunday with a homer off Carlos
Zambrano had to be restrained by his teammates after Pierzynski
homered in the fourth inning and pointed to the sky -- as Zambrano
does when he comes off the mound.
He said he was upset that Pierzynski said something to him as he
rounded the bases, not the pointing. And he added that he was
yelling at White Sox's third base coach Joey Cora to keep
Pierzynski under control.
"He said something, but I didn't hear because the crowd was so
loud," Zambrano said. "I looked at him and that was a mistake.
... I just said to Joey that I would remember that. I didn't have
to say that to Joey. I just said, 'Keep your guy calm. ..."
Pierzynski said he pointed to sky for personal reasons and that
he wasn't trying to show Zambrano up.
"I clapped my hands and the next thing I know he and Cora are
yelling at each other. I have no idea. I didn't say a word. I
didn't do anything. I didn't stand there and watch it, I ran,"
Zambrano (3-2) got the win, allowing four hits in seven innings,
including two homers to Paul Konerko.
The struggling Cubs trailed 4-2 entering the eighth against
White Sox starter Jose Contreras, who looked strong in his first
start since May 4 after coming off the disabled list. But they
rallied, thanks to a poor throw from White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe
on a potential double play.
With one out, Juan Pierre bunted for a single and went to third
and got Todd Walker to hit a double play grounder to second baseman
But Uribe's relay throw was wild as Pierre scored to make it
4-3. Barrett then hit a ball to right center that Rob Mackowiak
couldn't reach and it rolled to the wall to tie the game. Jones
followed with his seventh homer and the noisy contingent of Cubs
fans among the crowd of 38,645 at U.S. Cellular Field had something
"It was a lucky hit, a lucky play," Barrett said, adding he
expected the boos.
"I expected the crowd to react in the way they did. That is
their right," he added. "It was bad. But nobody came on the field
to try to hurt me and I appreciate that."
By contrast Pierzynski got a standing ovation in his first
at-bat before striking out.
Aramis Ramirez homered twice off Contreras, who got a
no-decision and still hasn't lost a regular-season game since last
Aug. 15. He'd been on the DL with sciatica and was activated before
the game. He gave up six hits and four runs in 7 1-3 innings.
Mackowiak had an RBI double in the seventh to score Pierzynski
and make it 4-2.
The Cubs sent Saturday's losing pitcher Rich Hill back to the
minors in a move announced before the game. Hill had called
Pierzynski's running over Barrett before he had the ball
"gutless" and "pathetic" and not the way the game should be
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, of course, had a comment on
"What's the guy's name? He should be in Triple-A. He's going to
make Dusty Baker get fired. Shut up," Guillen said. "When you
make a comment that was a cheap shot, you don't know the game."Game notes
Ryan Dempster pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine
chances.The White Sox wore replica uniforms of their 1906 season
when they beat the Cubs in the World Series. ... Ramirez now has 14
multihomer games. ... John Mabry, who was involved in a scuffle
with the White Sox's Brian Anderson and had to have X-rays on his
ribs, was back in the lineup at first base. ... Konerko has 15
- Home Plate Umpire - Paul Nauert
- First Base Umpire - Charlie Reliford
- Second Base Umpire - Larry Vanover
- Third Base Umpire - Greg Gibson