The Chicago White Sox looked to sweep the Cubs on Wednesday after a 3-1 win at Wrigley in Game 1. And sweep they did, winning a close ballgame by a score of 4-3.
Strike First, Strike Hard
Once again, the White Sox opened the scoring early. Jose Abreu put the Sox on the board with a solo home run in the first inning.
But the South Siders would have to fight their way back in this one.
Lucas Giolito took the mound against Cubs’ righty Kyle Hendricks. Giolito had a solid outing overall but ran into some trouble in the second inning. Frank Schwindel drew a one-out walk and Nico Hoerner followed up with a two-run homer. Two batters later, Patrick Wisdom hit a solo shot and the Sox were quickly down 3-1.
Giolito settled down after the second inning and retired the next 12 batters he faced. After walking Ian Happ with two outs in the sixth, the Sox starter exited the game as Tony La Russa lifted him in favor of Reynaldo Lopez. On the night, Giolito held the Cubs to three runs and gave the Sox offense a chance at a comeback.
Chicago Fight Sox
Down 3-1 after two frames, the White Sox began their comeback in the third. Leury Garcia led off the inning with a solo home run to right-center field, his second of the season.
Beat The Shift
The Sox beat the Cubs’ shift to tie the score at and once again for the go-ahead run. Gavin Sheets poked a single through the gap on the left side of the infield to score Luis Robert in the fourth inning.
Then, AJ Pollock hit a bloop single out of the reach of Nick Madrigal to score Abreu for the Sox’s fourth and final run of the game in the sixth.
Cubs Threaten But Fail
The Cubs had the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the eighth inning against Aaron Bummer. Tony La Russa elected to remove Bummer in favor of Matt Foster with runners at the corners and one out.
Foster stepped up and recorded the next two outs, the latter of which resulted from a beautiful called third strike to retire Ian Happ.
Liam Hendriks pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his seventh save of the season.
Andrew Vaughn missed his fifth consecutive game due to wrist soreness. He will head to the 10-day injured list (likely with a retroactive start date), per La Russa.
Johnny Cueto pitched 3.2 innings in his third start for Triple-A Charlotte.
Cubs’ outfielder Seiya Suzuki was 0-4 and is mired in a 1-for-23 slump with eight strikeouts.
Joe Kelly and Yoan Moncada could join the White Sox Monday for the start of a seven-game homestand.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox get a much-needed day off Thursday before opening a three-game set in Boston. Vince Velasquez (Vinny Vibes in these parts) takes the hill Friday vs. the Red Sox. He will look to build on an impressive victorious outing from last Saturday against the Angels. First pitch from Fenway Park is at 6:10 PM CT and the game will air on Apple TV+.