Recap: Without Paul Konerko in the lineup, the White Sox win convincingly, and take game two of the crosstown series 7-4. The White Sox hitters were on fire Saturday as they hit three homeruns, two of which were off of Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (0-2). He went six innings, gave up four runs on seven hits, with three strike outs. The lose for Dempster continues a cold streak that dates back to last August. White Sox pitcher John Danks (3-4) had a solid performance, pitching 6 innings, striking out four, and giving up three hits. The White Sox played a complete game scoring runs and pitching well. The Cubs didn’t score until the ninth inning when Alfonso Soriano and Joe Mather each hit two run shots.
Impact of Loss: The Cubs continue to struggle against the White Sox. The North Siders have now lost 16 of the last 23 meetings against the South Siders. Overall the Cubs have dropped five games in a row and are 10 games under .500 with a record of 15-25. Before Soriano and Mather hit their two run homers in the ninth inning of Saturday’s game, the White Sox were on the verge of tying the largest shutout in the history of the Crosstown Classic. The largest shutout was 7-0 when the White Sox beat the Cubs back in May of 2006. The White Sox now lead the all-time series 46-39.
Team Notes: Before Saturday’s game, the Cubs reacquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Cincinnati Reds for cash considerations. Hill has been a apart of the Chicago Cubs organization for five years on different occasions throughout his career. He was acquired because of injuries to all three catchers Geovany Soto, Steve Clevenger, and Welington Castillo. Koyie Hill had a batting average of .195 with one homerun and five RBIs in the Reds Double-A system this season. In his eight major league seasons, Hill has a career .275 batting average with eight homeruns and 75 RBIs. In his first game back in the majors Saturday, Hill went 1 for 4.
Looking Ahead: Sunday’s crosstown finale will feature Cubs starter Paul Maholm who is 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA. Maholm will be facing White Sox starting righty Jake Peavy who is 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA this season. The Cubs will be looking to grab one win in the final game of their series with White Sox. A win would end their current five game skid, and build some momentum going into the series with the Houston Astros, which starts on Monday.
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Written by Brandyn Smith
My name is Brandyn Smith. I am 23 years old. I graduated with a Finance degree from Providence College in 2011. I am a freelance writer pursuing a career in Sports Administration. I love sports and I’m here to share my sports knowledge with everyone. Currently I am studying Organizational Behavior at Northwestern University.