That was the number of games the Chicago White Sox won against the Chicago Cubs last season in their annual crosstown series for the recently-created Crosstown Cup. In those four games, the Sox were outscored 32-8.
Monday night brought a different outcome for the Sox.
In the opening game of the 2014 Crosstown Classic, the White Sox scored two runs in the top of the 12th inning to take the opener of the four-game series at Wrigley Field, 3-1.
The difference in the game was Marcus Semien‘s RBI double with two men on in the 12th inning off of Cubs reliever Justin Grimm. The double resulted in Semien’s 15th run (of his 16 total) on the season that came in the sixth inning or later. The Sox would tack on one more after an Alejandro De Aza bases-loaded walk.
Quintana: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K on 95 pitches (57 strikes).
Samardzija: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K on 126 pitches (85 strikes).
The two teams finish up the first half of the series for the Crosstown Cup on the North Side on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM CT. The White Sox will send Hector Noesi to the mound for his second start of the season. The Cubs will send right-hander Edwin Jackson to the hill.
- After what seemed to be such an issue earlier in the season, the White Sox bullpen has really settled in as of late. In five innings on Monday, the Sox bullpen gave up just three hits and two walks, while striking out four.
- Jose Abreu Alert(s): Abreu knocked in his major-league leading 35th RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Alejandro De Aza in the first inning. Abreu was named the American League Player of the Month and the Rookie of the Month before Monday’s game.
- Although the Sox got the job done late on Monday, the strikeout totals continue to rise. With 13 more strikeouts against the Cubs, the Sox now have 299 strikeouts through 33 games. No bueno.
- A “just for the record” note: I saw a wonderful hashtag after the White Sox won on Monday. “#HahnsOfJustice” is wonderful. If you’re not a wrestling fan like myself, the hashtag is a play on the WWE’s “Hounds of Justice”, known as The Shield. To the creator of that tag, you get a gold star because that’s awesome.
How good has the White Sox bullpen been? CSN Chicago’s Christopher Kamka provided the statistics on how good they’ve been through Monday’s win:
#WhiteSox bullpen last 9 games: 2 ER in 30.2 IP (0.59 ERA)
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 6, 2014