Well that sucked.
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Well, Cole Hamels was very good. The White Sox jumped on him early with a leadoff hit from Leury García. José Abreu singled with one out and then James McCann drew a bases loading walk. Eloy Jiménez bounced into a double play to end the inning, and once again Cole Hamels locked back in. He struck out batter number 2500 in his career in the third inning and ended the night at 2506 strike outs in a very good career thankfully still going strong.
The Cubs offensive highlights came on the first pitch of the game. Kyle Schwarber jumped on Iván Nova's first pitch hitting a laser beam into the left center stands to put the Cubs up 1-0 early. The Cubs managed five singles after that. Three of them were fluky flares off of the bat of Kris Bryant, and the Cubs really only threatened to score one other time in the game.
Cole Hamels retired twelve out of thirteen batters from the second through the fifth inning, but you have to be virtually perfect when your offense only scores one run. And Cole Hamels wasn't close enough. García led off the second inning with the White Sox first extra base hit of the game. He split the gap in the right center and reached second standing up. Tim Anderson bounced the ball to Javier Báez's right and el Mago made a nice diving stop to field the ball. However, he attempted to make a throw and the ball sailed on him allowing García to score.
The inning was about to spiral out of control, but a controversial call from the home plate umpire bailed out Hamels. Abreu struck out on a changeup fading away. On the pitch Tim Anderson stole second base, but Abreu's momentum carried him onto the plate slightly obstructing Victor Caratini. Anderson beat the throw but was called out on interference which killed the rally. Hamels pitched a clean seventh inning, but his spot coming up in the order led to a double switch.
The Cubs last real scoring chance came in the sixth inning. Kris Bryant led off the inning with a flare that should have been caught for an out. Renteria pulled Iván Nova for Aaron Bummer. That was indeed a bummer for the Cubs as Jason Heyward's two out single was the only baserunner allowed by the lefty reliever in two innings of work. And the Cubs once again managed to score just a single run.
Brandon Kintzler pitched a clean inning, and that meant it was Pedro Strop time in the ninth inning. And Pedro Strop just didn't have it. He hung an 0-2 slider to James McCann that was just a single and then he set the internets ablaze by giving a cookie that Eloy hit a no doubter, broken bat home run somehow. There wasn't another hit in the game to distract us from having to re-litigate the Q trade, and well...