Nothing much came in the way of positivity for the Cubs today, except for the return of Kyle Schwarber. The White Sox defeated the Cubs with a season-high 19 hits and starter José Quintana struggled through five innings.
Daniel Murphy got things started for the Cubs with a leadoff homer off of White Sox starter Reynaldo López. Kris Bryant followed with a flyout, and Anthony Rizzo singled to right field. Javier Báez struck out, and Ben Zobrist grounded out for the final out. The Cubs left the inning leading 1-0.
Quintana had a strong first inning against his former teammates, inducing a groundout from Tim Anderson and two swinging strikeouts from José Rondón and Avisail Garcia.
The White Sox took a 3-1 lead in the second with a three-run homer from Kevin Smith. The home run brought in Matt Davidson and Welington Castillo, both had gotten on base with singles. Yoán Moncada and Ryan LaMarre followed with more singles, and the first out was recorded on a flyout to left from Adam Engel.The final two outs were recorded on another strikeout from Anderson and one from Rondón.
Zobrist got on base with one out in the fourth after a Rizzo single on what should have been a routine double play, but an error was charged to Davidson when he failed to make the play. Unfortunately, both were stranded on a strikeout from Victor Caratini.
Smith led off the White Sox fourth with a double and scored on a single from LaMarre. The inning ended with the Sox up 4-1.
Dillon Maples replaced Quintana in the sixth. Quintana went five innings, with nine hits, five runs (all earned), eight strikeouts, and no walks.
Maples faced Daniel Palka, who was pinch hitting for Smith, and gave up a two run home run to bring the score to 6-1. Moncada followed with a single, and LaMarre brought him in with a line drive to right. Maples then exited the game with the score at 7-1.
Jaime García came in to pitch and induced a flyout from Engel. Anderson grounded into a double play for the final two outs. The White Sox challenged the call but it was upheld.
Jason Heyward led off the seventh with a double and was replaced by pinch runner David Bote. Bote advanced to third on a groundout from Kyle Schwarber, hitting in the designated hitter spot. Heyward was stranded on an inning-ending pop out from Albert Almora Jr.
New pitcher Randy Rosario entered the game in the bottom of the seventh and gave up a double to Rondón and a single to Garcia. Rondón scored on a single from Davidson, bringing the tally to 8-1. Moncada then singled and scored Garcia, putting the Sox ahead 9-1. James Norwood replaced Rosario with the bases loaded. The Sox scored again on a sac fly from LaMarre and the inning mercifully ended after a flyout from Engel for the final out. The White Sox left the inning ahead 10-1.
Jace Fry replaced López in the eighth, and the Cubs were able to add on a few runs. Murphy led off with a single and Bryant followed with the same. José Ruiz was then brought in to replace Fry and faced pinch hitter Taylor Davis, hitting in place of Rizzo. Murphy advanced to third, with two outs, on a flyout from Báez. Zobrist followed with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Terrance Gore. Murphy scored on a wild pitch with Bote batting, and Bote then singled to score Bryant and Gore. The Cubs were now trailing 10-4.
The Sox made another pitching change and brought in Aaron Bummer with two outs, who faced Caratini and walked him. The third out came from a lineout to right from Schwarber.
Davis remained in the game at first, Ian Happ replaced Báez and played third, Gore remained in at left field, and Bote moved from third base to shortstop. Brian Duensing took the mound and faced Anderson, who singled to third. Rondón grounded into a 4-3 double play. Brandon Kintzler replaced Duensing after a single from Ryan Cordell and a walk to Davidson and recorded the final out on a 5-4 forceout from Castillo.
The Cubs had one last chance to add on against new Sox pitcher Nate Jones. The first two outs were sandwiched around a single from Murphy, with Almora grounding out to first and Bryant lining out to short. Murphy advanced to second on a wild pitch. Davis popped up in foul territory near first to end the game.