Cubs win, White Sox lose but win, and Bulls get Stoned

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In an exciting, albeit sloppy game, the Cubs defeated the Reds 6-5 in 10 innings.  David Bote drew a bases loaded walk to drive in the winning run.  Luke Farrell pitched a scoreless tenth inning to pick up the win.  Jon Lester got the start for the Cubs and managed to go 6.1 innings while giving up four runs.

Him again

Among the prominent Cubs killers is the Reds Billy Hamilton.  And he makes the Cubs look really bad while killing them.  It’s like having a bully simultaneously beat you up while pantsing you.  In the fifth inning Hamilton drew a two-out walk and then stole second, went to third on a Willson Contreras throwing error and scored when Albert Almora was a little too casual when retrieving Contreras’ errant throw.  Almora’s throw to the plate short hopped Contreras.

It was sweet

The Cubs were, however, able to extract some revenge on Hamilton in the bottom of the seventh inning.  With two outs and Alomra on third and Jason Heyward on first, Javy Baez hit a groundball single up the middle, scoring Almora.  Billy Hamilton fielded the ball and lolly-popped his throw into second.  Jason Heyward, seeing the lob into second put it in gear and scored all the way from first.  At that point the Cubs were up 5-4.

The Morrow of the story

Brandon Morrow came in to close things out in the top of the ninth, but was greeted by a game tying homer by Adam Duvall. Prior to that, the Cubs pen was strong, as usual.  Pedro Strop pitched 0.2 inning to get the Cubs out of the seventh and Carl Edwards Jr., Justin Wilson and Steve Cishek combined to pitch a scoreless eight. Justin Wilson gets special mention for striking out Joey Votto with a man on in the inning.

Don't schedule these guys for homecoming

The Houston Astros completed their sweep of the White Sox with a 2-1 win Sunday.  The series showed just how far the Sox have to go to be an elite team.  The Sox were clearly playing out of their weight class, which is currently flyweight.  There were, however, some good things to take way from the game.

I still think he'll be helpful

Sox starter, Lucas Giolito, was effective against a potent Astros lineup, going 7.1 innings allowing only two runs.  Giolito came out of the game shaky, walking leadoff hitter, George Springer and then hitting Alex Bregman with a pitch, but settled down after that.

There wasn’t much took talk about offensively, but Yoan Moncada did get a hit and scored the Cubs only run.  Moncada raised his average to .233.  That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s heading in the right direction.

Again?

On the not so bright side, Avisail Garcia left the game with a tight hamstring.  With Avi it always seems to be something.

Assistant GM, Bob Dylan?

In a move approved by Bob Dylan, the Bulls got Stoned.  In a three way trade involving the Bulls, Hornets and Magic, they sent Jerian Grant to the Magic and picked up Julyan Stone.  Haven’t heard of him?  Not impressed by his 0.8 ppg?  Well, CBS sports indicated it may be a move to create more cap space for the Bulls.  Maybe the Bulls weren’t impressed by those 0.8 points either. Look for more dynamic moves like this from the Bulls front office.  I liked John Paxson more when he had hair.

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