The Cubs fought to get back into the game late, but ultimately fell to the White Sox in the last game of the Crosstown Classic.
Kyle Hendricks took the mound for the Chicago Cubs sporting a 3.49 ERA and a 7-7 record. Hendricks has been fairly consistent this year, and has given the Cubs many quality starts this season. The White Sox had right-hander Ivan Nova (4-7, 5.58 ERA) on the mound. The White Sox have been looking for consistency out of Nova and that is exactly what they received.
The scoring action did not begin until the fourth inning for either side, after two home runs were robbed by each side early in the contest. In the bottom of the fourth, Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run home run to straightaway center on a three and two count, making the score 2-0 White Sox.
In the bottom of the fifth, Cubs killer Jose Abreu hit a solo home run to right field making the score 3-0 Sox.
In the top of the seventh, the Cubs got on the board with a solo home run from Cubs rookie Robel Garcia making it 3-1. Garcia has been the best bat the Cubs have had over the last week.
The Cubs bats were very quiet in this one and that was one of the factors that led to the loss. With the Brewers losing in Pittsburgh, the Cubs will remain in first place with a half game lead going into the all-star break. It definitely seems as if the Cubs lineup is a bat short of optimum ability, and going into the break that is going to have to be assessed.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
This was a good pitching match-up on both sides, but Ivan Nova pitched a gem for the White Sox. Nova went five and two-thirds innings and allowed no earned runs.
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