It took 12 innings and nearly four hours, but the Chicago White Sox were winners Monday evening at Wrigley Field, defeating the Chicago Cubs, 3-1 in 12 innings.
The win came off a 12th-inning, two-out double by Marcus Semien that scored Alexei Ramirez for what was a 2-1 lead. For insurance purposes, Alejandro De Aza was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Tyler Flowers for the eventual two-run win.
Semien finished 2-for-5, having one-third of the White Sox hits. No Cubs player had a multi-hit game, as they totaled four hits. The White Sox had six.
I don’t know exactly what to say about this game, except that it was a good win by the White Sox, for the simple fact it brings them one game closer back to the .500 mark, as they are now 16-17 overall, plus it snapped a four-game losing streak against the Cubbies that occurred last season.
Another plus from this game was Ramirez gained his 1,000th career hit.
Though these games don’t have the “sparkle” they once had, one reason being these games are being played on Monday through Thursday in early May, it was still a good game to watch.
The two starting pitchers in Jose Quintana of the White Sox and the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija put on a nice pitching clinic. Quintana had a perfect game through 4.2 innings before walking Nate Schierholtz, then lost the no-hitter in the top of the sixth following a lead-off double by Samardzija, which led to the first Cubs run, tying the score at 1-1.
The White Sox initially led the game with the first run in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring De Aza.
Quintana finished with seven innings pitched for the no-decision, allowing one earned run on one hit and three walks, along with three strikeouts.
Samardzija pitched nine innings, allowing one run (none earned) on three hits and two walks. He struck out seven.
Even without all the fanfare of years past (yes, I would rather this series be in June or July, as I agree with Hawk that MLB messed up with this scheduling of games), this series still means a lot to both White Sox and Cubs fans, and on Monday, the night belonged to the White Sox.
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