The Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs played two games over Memorial Day weekend. The White Sox swept the first two games of the season series to earn the Crosstown Cup. They played well enough to earn a split in the games at Guaranteed Rate Field this weekend.
Keegan Thompson made a spot start and Frank Schwindel drove in two runs and the White Sox fell go the Cubs 5-1 on Saturday night.
Game 1: Slow Start Saturday
Thompson matched his longest outing of the season, allowing one run on five hits and one walk over five innings. He struck out four at Guaranteed Rate Field in his third start.
He featured a good fastball with some run and a curveball with late movement. Thompson was effectively wild in the strike zone and got away with a few mistakes. Jake Burger made him pay for one of his mistakes when he homered for the lone Sox run. Fun fact, his home run came on National Burger Day.
Schwindel capped a two-run first and two-run seventh with two-out RBI singles. His hit to right in the seventh made it 5-1 and chased Johnny Cueto.
Patrick Wisdom also drove in two. Nico Horner had three hits and scored a run. The Cubs were aggressive at the plate and on the bases. They earned the win after giving up their highest run total in 23 years.
The White Sox fell back below .500 at 22-23 with their third loss in four games. Cueto gave up five runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings. He is 0-1 with a 2.41 ERA since joining the Sox. Bennett Sousa, Matt Foster, and Jose Ruiz recorded the final seven outs.
Game 2: Sunday Surge
The Cubs wasted a great performance from Marcus Stroman. The righty threw 62 of his 90 pitches for strikes, and allowed only three hits and no runs. He finished May with a 2-1 record and a 1.50 ERA in four starts.
The Cubs got on the board in the seventh when Jake Burger let in a run with an error, but Burger would have the last laugh. The unearned run the Cubs plated on Burger's error was the only sore spot on the day for Dylan Cease. The righty allowed two hits, struck out five, and walked four. The White Sox trailed 1-0 before pinch-runner A.J. Pollock scored on David Robertson's wild pitch in the ninth.
The Cubs took a 3-1 lead with two runs into the tenth on reliever Reynaldo López's throwing error and Christopher Morel's RBI single. But, the White Sox responded with two runs of their own. Andrew Vaughn’s sacrifice fly scored Josh Harrison and José Abreu followed with an RBI single to tie it at 3.
Alfonso Rivas’s sacrifice fly in the 11th put the Cubs on top again, but the Sox kept battling. Adam Engel tied it again with an RBI single that plated ghost runner A.J. Pollock.
Danny Mendick was the ghost runner in the 12th. He advanced to third on Andrew Vaughn’s ground out. It was then that Jake Burger redeemed himself. Burger took the first pitch he saw into left field over a five-man infield for a walk-off win in a wild finale to the Crosstown Series.
It was an ugly win for a team wearing the uniforms of the ”winning ugly” 1983 White Sox, who surged to 99 wins after a slow start. Is this team going to have to win in that kind of fashion too?
Matt Foster earned the win on Sunday with a scoreless 12th.
The Sox improved to 5-2 vs. the Cubs in extra inning games.
What’s On Tap Next?
The White Sox will travel north of the border to play three games versus the Toronto Blue Jays. Lucas Giolito will tow the rubber for the White Sox and the Jays will send Kevin Gausman to the bump. You can catch all the action on NBC Sports Net Chicago. Sox On Tap will have the post game.