The Cubs marched into US Cellular field and in front of a semi sorta filled house laid the hammer down on the hometown White Sox. Jeff Samardzija pitched the best game of his life, going the distance for a complete game shutout. On offense, it was all the top half of the lineup as leadoff man Julio bourbon, Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Alfonso Soriano combined for all nine of the Cubs hits and 6 of their 7 RBI. The Cubs got on the board in the first when Starlin Castro got on base with a walk then tried to steal second base. Now most teams employ a "shortstop or second baseman cover the bag as the catcher throws the ball to second" philosophy. But the White Sox prefer a "Catcher double and triple pumps while the SS eventually gets to second base" strategy. The strategy worked for the Cubs as Castro was safe at second and the Cubs got an extra out. Soriano would make them pay with a long single to score Castro. Julio Borbon would make it a 3-0 lead with a homer off Jose Quintana. The Cubs would pour on runs with RBI by Rizzo, Soriano and even Scot Hairston. And the Sox just didn't have a chance the way Shark was pitching. Let's go digging for clams.
WE'RE GOING TO NEED A BIGGER BOAT!
Shark was awesome tonight. Awesome times 10. Complete game 2 hit shutout. Only Shark's second complete game and his first shutout. Shark was 94-95 in the first inning, and 97-98 in the ninth. And his overpowering fastball set up his cutter and a slider that just made the White Sox look foolish. By far the best we've seen from Samardzija this year. Marmol, Russel, Dolis, Newcomer Burnett all looked great sitting on their asses in the bullpen.
THE RIZZO, THE JIZZO, THE GHOST FACE BIZZO
Anthony Rizzo was a deep shade of impressive as well. 2 hits including his first triple of the year. That triple plated two runs to boot. So much for that 0-for-23 since signing his extension. It's really cool watching him mature. Just as you're about to raise the slightest worry, he doubles down and gets back in a groove. Good to see.
THANKS MRS. C......
Soriano might be going on one of his patented hot streaks. 3 for 4 including 2 RBI. The one fallback of Sori getting into a groove is his knack for sometimes admiring his hits. In the first inning Sori crushed one and seemed to look at it before hustling to 1st. Viciedo ade a great play to get the ball in and Sori probably would have been out had he tried for second. And the run scored which is what counts the most. But it obviously drives Cubs fans bats. As twitter was all complaining despite a 1-0 lead. Here's to more Sori hits to debate about is my feeling.
Well that was cool. And the Hawks just tied the Red Wings. Before you know it this series is coming to an end. Tomorrow night is the tail of this series and not only is a lefty taking the bump, it's a darn good one- Chris Sale. But the Cubs are doing some good things. Wellington Castillo walked for the 4th straight game. Castro took a walk. Hopefully Edwin Jackson feels like joining the party. Should be a good one. Onwards.