Once the game started, there was no carry-over from a brawl six weeks ago in which the two catchers were the central combatants. Just another White Sox victory and another Cubs loss.
“Hopefully it’s over with. As far as I’m concerned it’s over. As far as Michael is concerned when we talked, it was over,” Pierzynski said after the White Sox beat the Cubs 6-2 Friday behind a homer and five RBIs from Juan Uribe.
Barrett punched Pierzynski in the jaw after he’d been run over at the plate in a game May 20, setting off a bench-clearing melee. Barrett returned Friday after serving his 10-game suspension and went over to Pierzynski during pregame batting practice.
“What was said was between him and me,” Pierzynski said. “I appreciated the gesture and we’re over it and we’re moving on.”
Pierzynski, booed at Wrigley Field but also cheered simultaneously by White Sox fans among the crowd of 40,720, was hit near the elbow with a pitch by Sean Marshall in the fifth inning. He also had two singles.
“It was a curveball, so no,” Pierzynski said when asked if he thought he was hit intentionally.
And he was in the middle of a key play when the White Sox cut down a run in the seventh after Juan Pierre tripled. Todd Walker hit a bouncer to first baseman Paul Konerko, whose throw to Pierzynski got the sliding Pierre in a close play. If Pierre scored, it would have cut the lead to one run.
“I thought I was in there,” Pierre said. “It was a bang-bang play and it probably could have gone either way. The way our luck has been going, I got called out.”
Pierzynski saw it differently, of course.
“I thought he was out. The replays showed I think he was out, too,” Pierzynski said. “It was a good play at a good time and it kind of killed their momentum.”
Uribe had a two-run, bases-loaded single in the first, a run-scoring double in the third and a two-run homer off reliever Roberto Novoa in the eighth.
“It is a good thing about this team that anybody at any time can make a good play or get the big hits, from 1-9 and the bench players,” Uribe said through an interpreter. “Anybody in any situation can be a hero. The way the team is playing together, that’s what happens.”
The White Sox jumped on Marshall (4-7) for three first-inning runs but the Cubs got two back in the bottom half against Jon Garland (7-3), who went six innings for the win. He allowed seven hits and two runs.
Pablo Ozuna led off with a single but left the game after he hurt his hamstring running to third on a bloop base hit by Konerko. Jermaine Dye hit an RBI single off Ronny Cedeno’s glove at short and Pierzynski also singled to load the bases. Uribe delivered a two-run single to make it 3-0.
Pierre singled, stole second, moved up on a fly ball, and after a walk to Derrek Lee scored on Aramis Ramirez’s bloop single. Jacque Jones followed with another single and stole second, giving the Cubs second and third with one out. Garland got Phil Nevin on a hard grounder to third and retired Barrett on a bouncer to second.
Back-to-back, two-out doubles by Joe Crede and Uribe made it 4-2 in the third.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen looked a bit like a politician before the game as he made his way around the batting cage, shaking hands and embracing Cubs manager Dusty Baker and several of his players.
Finally he approached Barrett, chatted with him briefly, gave him a pat on the shoulder and shook his hand. Barrett played with the Montreal Expos when Guillen was a coach with the team.
“I know what type of kid he is. Like I said before, he overreacted. The league did what it was supposed to do and we have to move on,” Guillen said. “It’s way behind us.”
Barrett went 1-for-4 in his first game back.
“It’s definitely a lot of time to reflect,” Barrett said before the game. “I guess I had a lot of time to try to put it behind me, which is one good thing.”
After the game, he wouldn’t divulge what he said to Pierzynski in the outfield.
“I spoke to A.J. and really don’t want to elaborate any more than that,” Barrett said. “It’s just something that’s between him and me right now.”
Pierzynski spent part of his morning on a conference call with Major League Baseball in which he appealed his $2,000 fine. He said earlier he was fined for inciting the crowd by waving his hands as he went back to the dugout after he’d been punched by Barrett. He said after Friday’s game he hadn’t heard a decision on the appeal.
A moment of silence was held before the game for Northwestern football coach Randy Walker, who died Thursday night of an apparent heart attack. … The White Sox lead the series 28-24 and are 12-13 at Wrigley Field. … The White Sox have won 12 of 14 overall. The Cubs have lost 7 of 8. … The Cubs were 1-10 at home in June.