RECAP: Abreu’s Three-Homer Night Carries White Sox Past Cubs
The Chicago White Sox used the long ball, including three by Jose Abreu, to defeat the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday night.
The Chicago White Sox (17-11) used the long ball to defeat the Chicago Cubs (16-10) on Saturday night.
Reynaldo Lopez made his first start since being activated from the injured list for the South Siders and Kyle Hendricks toed the rubber for the Cubs.
The Sox opened up the scoring in their half of the second. After Edwin Encarnacion doubled, Luis Robert turned around a Hendricks’ pitch for a two-run bomb to center, 2-0 White Sox.
The Cubs answered right back in the bottom of the frame. After Willson Contreras was hit by a pitch and Jason Heyward walked, Victor Caratini doubled both runners home to tie the game at 2-2.
Lopez was pulled after getting Contreras to pop out in the fourth. Sox skipper Ricky Renteria replaced him with Gio Gonzalez. The substitution was made to keep from stretching Lopez too much and protecting his recently recuperated shoulder.
- Lopez: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
The White Sox broke the tie in the top half of the sixth. Jose Abreu took a two-strike pitch the other way for a solo home run, giving the White Sox a 3-2 advantage. This tied Magglio Ordonez on the franchise’s home run list at fifth all-time with 187. Hendricks was replaced by Ryan Tepera shortly after.
- Hendricks: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
There was a notable situation in the bottom of the seventh. Jason Kipnis walked, which resulted in a mini-meltdown from Gio Gonzalez on the mound. Irate that he issued a two-out walk, the lefty was met by manager Ricky Renteria. Although Matt Foster was warming up in the bullpen, Renteria elected to leave Gonzalez in. David Bote flew out deep to left to end the inning, proving the gamble right for the Sox.
Insurance came from the Sox bats in the eighth. With Rowan Wick on the bump for the Cubs, Yasmani Grandal drew a walk. Abreu hit another home run to put him solely in fifth place all-time on the franchise’s home run list. It was 5-2 Good Guys at that point.
Evan Marshall entered the game for the Sox in the bottom of the eighth. A two-out single by Javy Baez was followed by a single to right by Kyle Schwarber got the South Siders’ heart rates going a bit. Contreras drove in Baez with a single to right to make it 5-3. Jason Heyward then flew out to center to end the inning.
Yasmani Grandal got the run back for the Sox in the ninth. With Duane Underwood Jr. on the hill, Grandal sent one over the wall in center to make it 6-3.
How about another one for Abreu as well? The Sox first baseman went back-to-back for his third homer of the night, 7-3. This was the fourth time in the last 11 days that the White Sox hit back-to-back home runs.
In a non-save situation, Alex Colomé came into the game for the ninth inning. Nico Hoerner led off with a walk. Kipnis followed with a double off the wall in right. After Bote struck out, Ian Happ grounded out to second. Hoerner scored to make it 7-4. Anthony Rizzo lined out to center to end the game.
This is the team’s seventh win in a row as they improve to six games over .500. A notable pitcher in the game was Gio Gonzalez. His 3.2 innings out of the pen were vital in the Sox ability to build on their one-run lead. The Wrigley installment of the Crosstown Series concludes tomorrow at 1:20 PM CT. Dylan Cease starts for the White Sox against Yu Darvish for the Cubs.