No need to adjust the contrast on your television. The pink seen at Wrigley (and around the MLB) on Sunday was in honor of Mother’s Day and breast cancer awareness. The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox faced off in the third and final game of their weekend series on Sunday, doing so sporting pink hats, shoes, bats, batting gloves, and a handful of other accessories.
The Cubs did their homework coming into Sunday’s matchup against Lucas Giolito. Giolito, a 23-year-old hurler acquired by the White Sox in the Adam Eaton trade last offseason, has had control issues in his young career, and Cubs hitters were patient early on, coaxing three walks in the first inning.
The Cubs were also aware of Giolito’s slow time to home, as the conservative baserunning tactics the team normally employs were thrown aside. Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras, Javier Baez, and Kyle Schwarber each had a stolen base in just the first inning.
With the combination of the patient hitting and aggressive baserunning, the Cubs were able to score two runs in the first on a Baez single to give Kyle Hendricks an early lead.
The White Sox cut the deficit in half in the top of the second inning, when Matt Davidson crushed a home run to left field for his 11th of the year. An after an infield single by Adam Engel in the top of the third, Contreras threw the ball down the right-field line on an errant pickoff throw. Engel raced all the way to third base and scored on a bloop single by Yolmer Sanchez on the following pitch.
The Cubs retook the lead in the fourth inning when Schwarber and Addison Russell worked walks to start the inning. Schwarber scored on an Ian Happ double off the wall, but they were unable to score any more. Davidson caught Russell too far off third on a grounder, and Ben Zobrist grounded into a double-play to end the inning.
Rick Renteria‘s White Sox refused to go down without a fight, however, taking their first lead of the series in the sixth inning. Jose Abreu hit a one-out single, and Nicky Delmonico followed with a triple off the wall in right-center. Delmonico scored on a sacrifice fly by Davidson, and the South Siders took a 4-3 lead.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, their bats went quiet late in the game, as the team was unable to get a hit after Happ’s RBI doubles in the fourth inning until a two-out pinch-hit single for Tommy La Stella in the ninth.
Zobrist flew out to center on the next pitch, however, ending the game.
The 5-3 loss ends a five-game winning streak and drops the Cubs to 21-16 on the season.
Next for the Cubs:
The Cubs will face the Atlanta Braves tomorrow in a make-up game from earlier this season. Jose Quintana (4-2, 4.42 ERA) faces off with Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.14 ERA) at 1:20 pm on WGN. The game will be on the radio, as usual, at 670 The Score.
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