Sunday was a successful day for Chicago Sports’ teams both on and off the field. Both the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox had victories on Sunday; the Cubs’ signed a major piece to their long-term puzzle; the Blackhawks’ discovered who they are going to play in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs; and the Chicago Bears concluded their first rookie mini-camp this weekend.
The Chicago Cubs took their weekend series against the Washington Nationals with victories on Saturday and Sunday. Despite the fact that the Chicago Cubs were outmatched by Nationals’ pitcher Gio Gonzalez throughout the first seven innings of the game on Sunday, the team broke through in the eighth inning against Nationals’ reliever Drew Storen. The Cubs tied the game in the eighth inning with a Starlin Castro single that scored Travis Wood, who was in the game as a pinch runner. In the ninth inning, Alfonso Soriano stole third base and then proceeded to score on a throwing error by Nationals’ catcher Kurt Suzuki. Kevin Gregg recorded his sixth save for the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
On Sunday night, reports confirmed that the Cubs signed first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a seven-year, $41 million contract.
The White Sox continued Chicago’s winning trend on Sunday. Chris Sale was on the mound for the White Sox on Sunday and that was all the team needed in order to avoid being swept by the Los Angeles Angels. Sale pitched a complete-game shutout against the Angels while only allowing one hit and striking out seven. Alexei Ramirez singled in the seventh inning to drive in Tyler Flowers and Tyler Greene. In the eighth inning, Ramirez scored as the result of a Alex Rios double and that would be all that the team needed in their 3-0 victory on Sunday.
The Chicago Bears concluded their first rookie mini-camp of the season on Sunday. The expectation coming from the weekend mini-camp is that first round pick Kyle Long will likely spend a majority of his time this season playing the right guard position. Chicago Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman also remains impressed with backup quarterback Matt Blanchard. Blanchard participated in this weekend’s mini-camp, and Trestman was encouraged with what he saw.
The Bears currently have Josh McCown and Blanchard as the only quarterbacks behind Jay Cutler. It would appear that the Bears are satisfied with the three quarterbacks that they have and Blanchard has a valid opportunity at making the roster as a third quarterback.
For the two Chicago teams that are currently in the playoffs, the Blackhawks will play the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Bulls will play game 4 against the Heat on Monday in Chicago. The Bulls are expected to once again be without Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng on Monday.
Start time between the Bulls and Heat will be at 6 p.m. on Monday.