The Cubs bullpen was much sharper tonight than the previous, and the offense came alive as well as the good guys beat their crosstown rivals Saturday night.
Javier Báez didn’t waste any time putting the Cubs on the board first, hitting a two-run home run (his 34th of the season) off of White Sox starter Lucas Giolito.
Cubs starter Jon Lester quickly set down Sox leadoff man Tim Anderson with a swinging strikeout. Yolmer Sánchez followed with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error from Báez, and would come around to score on a single from Avisail García. The inning ended with a gem of a stop by Báez at short, redeeming himself for the previous error, and the Cubs ahead 2-1.
Anderson smashed a leadoff home run to left to even the score at 2-2 in the third.
The Cubs added on in the fifth, with designated hitter Kyle Schwarber notching his first hit of the series, followed by another single from David Bote. Daniel Murphy advanced to second and brought Schwarber in to score on a misplay from Sox left fielder Ryan LaMarre, and Bote and Murphy came around to score on a single from Ben Zobrist. Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked and Zobrist stole third, but both were stranded on an inning-ending strikeout from Kris Bryant and the Cubs left the inning ahead 5-2.
Lester hit 100 pitches in the bottom of the fifth and the White Sox took advantage when he started struggling. Matt Davidson singled and scored Anderson to bring the score to 5-3. Lester was able to get out of the inning without any further damage.
Carl Edwards, Jr entered the game in relief of Lester in the sixth. Lester went five innings, with eight hits, three runs (two earned), four strikeouts, and one walk. Edwards walked Yoan Moncada but otherwise had a strong inning, striking out pinch-hitter Daniel Palka and Adam Engel for the final outs.
Giolito exited the game in the seventh after walking Báez and was relieved by Caleb Frare. Frare faced Rizzo and induced a flyout for the third out.
Jesse Chavez pitched for the Cubs in the seventh and gave up a leadoff walk to Anderson. Defensively, Albert Almora, Jr replaced Murphy, Zobrist moved from right to left field, Bryant moved from left field to third base, Jason Heyward moved from center to right field, and Bote moved from third to second base. The Anderson walk was of no consequence, as Chavez worked a popout from Sánchez and strikeouts from García and Davidson.
Ian Hamilton pitched for the Sox in the eighth and worked a 1-2-3 inning, with a strikeout from Bryant and groundouts from Heyward and Contreras.
Justin Wilson replaced Chavez for the final out of the home half of the inning and got Moncada out an a strikeout.
Schwarber hit into a ground rule double (due to fan interference) to lead off the ninth inning against new Sox pitcher Rob Scahill. Terrence Gore pinch ran for Schwarber and easily stole third on a passed ball with Bote batting. Gore used his lightning-fast speed to score on an RBI fielder’s choice from Almora. Zobrist walked, and Almora then scored on a single from Báez, his 110th RBI of the season.
Hamilton was replaced by Jeanmar Gómez with the Cubs ahead 7-3. Zobrist scored on an errant throw from Anderson, with Báez sliding into second on the play. He did not deviate from his original path (and also did not make contact with Anderson), but Anderson was tossed by umpire Joe West after chirping at him after the Sox challenged Báez’s slide. White Sox manager Rick Renteria was also ejected from the game. The inning ended with the Cubs up 8-3.
Steve Cishek closed out the game for the Cubs and made quick work of the White Sox. Palka grounded out to second, pinch-hitter Leury García flied out to left, and Jose Rondón, in for Anderson, flew out to center to end the game.
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