Ring Lardner: Inventor of the phrase city serious.

For the White Sox, the bullpen became a pigpen against the Cubs Monday.

With ace John Danks still suffering from shoulder problems, manager Robin Ventura called on bullpen long man Zach Stewart to start the opener of a three-game grudge match with the Cubs at White Sox Park.

It was a considerable departure from the way Jerry Manuel, in his second go-round in the hotly contested “city serious,” set up his rotation months in advance to face the Cubs—and made it work.

Stewart, by contrast, stank it up, and the rest of the bullpen only got worse. The Sox lost, 12-3.

The Sox, who love corporate tie-ins as much as anybody, especially on their radio broadcasts on WSCR AM, could have called it the Hormel Call to the Pen.