White Sox: Nothing quite like a win against the Cubbies

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 13: Bruce Rondon #44 of the Chicago White Sox shakes hands with Omar Narvaez #38 after a win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Cubs 5-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 13: Bruce Rondon #44 of the Chicago White Sox shakes hands with Omar Narvaez #38 after a win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Cubs 5-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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The White Sox got a win against the rivals to the north and there is nothing quite like a win against the Cubs.

After being embarrassed in the first two games of the series, the White Sox finally won by a score of 5-3. This score finally gives the team double-digits in the win column.

Believe it or not, but this game was dominated by White Sox pitching. Especially from the bullpen. And the pitching was aided by timely hitting.

The Sox found a groove

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 13: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hugs teammate Matt Davidson #24 after a win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Cubs 5-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – MAY 13: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hugs teammate Matt Davidson #24 after a win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Cubs 5-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

It is actually possible to say that the White Sox were playing in sync. Of course, fans watching the game did not feel this way in the first inning as the Cubs started with a two-run lead. Fortunately, the Sox did not lay down and quit. Matt Davidson smacked his 11th home run of the season in the second and cut the Cubs’ lead in half.

Then, in the third, the Sox manufactured a run to tied the game thanks to Adam Engel and Yolmer Sanchez and an error by Wilson Contreras. That the run was manufactured with two outs is worth noting.

Quieting the Cubs after the fourth

The Cubs followed it up with their third and final run of the game in the fourth inning. Lucas Giolito walked the first two batters and Ian Happ capitalized on it. But, that was it for the Cubs. The rest of the game belonged to the White Sox.

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Solid outing by the bullpen

Giolito was pulled in the sixth inning in a double switch that put Leury Garcia in as the 9th batter and Jace Fry in as pitcher. For the remaining 3.1 innings, the Cubs were held to one hit. Fry put up a goose egg in his 1.1 innings. Nate Jones did the same in the seventh. And, Bruce Rondon got his first save of the season. He gave up one hit and struck out two in the ninth.

It was about time the pitching did what it was supposed to do. The White Sox clearly have talent both on offense and defense and when they play in sync, good things happen. Matt Davidson had a day at the plate going two for three. Nicky Delmonico hit a triple. And, Yolmer Sanchez continued his strong May – he’s hit in all but one game this month.

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On Monday, the Sox get another day off before heading to Pittsburgh for a two-game series against the Pirates.