We have seen some intense games played between the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs over the years. There are memories like the brawl in 2006 and Eloy Jimenez winning the game for the White Sox. Well, Friday afternoon’s game will go down as one of the crazier ones in the history of the Crosstown Classic. The White Sox won the game by a score of 8-6 but it was anything but easy at Wrigley Field.
For one, the Cubs deserve a little bit of credit. They are putting a lineup out there that is not very good. Without Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, or Javier Baez, it is hard to put a lineup out there that has much of a chance against the White Sox pitching staff.
Well, Lance Lynn lived up to the hype. He went deep into the game and was his Cy Young contending self. Unfortunately, after Michael Kopech and Aaron Bummer shut the door, Craig Kimbrel had a hiccup that we aren’t used to seeing him have. He blew the White Sox 4-1 lead and allowed the Cubs to tie it. It was fun for Cubs fans as he went back to Wrigley Field and allowed the Cubs to come back but it didn’t matter in the end.
Liam Hendriks shut the door when it was tied. He allowed the White Sox to get to extra innings where they exploded offensively again. Of course, Garrett Crochet had to come in and get three outs in the bottom of the 10th and the White Sox won a close one. It was back and forth at the end after the White Sox mostly controlled the first part of the game.
The Chicago White Sox earned a gutsy win on Friday against the Chicago Cubs.
Brian Goodwin was the main hero of the game. He hit a home run in the 10th inning where a man was put on second to start. He is fighting to stay on the roster when Luis Robert and Billy Hamilton come back and his case is pretty much made now. He hit a walk-off last week and was the hero again in this game.
Jose Abreu and Adam Engel are both also known for being very good at Wrigley Field. They both continued that stretch in this game as they were big parts of the win. Eloy Jimenez is also very good but he was replaced for a pinch-runner early in the game. The player who replaced him was, yes you guessed it, Brian Goodwin.
It was a wild game that fans will remember for a long time. Now, we will see Carlos Rodon face Adbert Alzolay on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley. The White Sox will be hoping to take this momentum into that one and get a series win.