Game two of the Crosstown Cup. First I have to add, I can’t stand the name the series, it means nothing, I wish they didn’t play each other just because of the Crosstown Cup. But it doesn’t matter because it’s on and Kyle Hendricks takes to the mound at the Cell and other the end looking to save himself in the eyes of the White Sox fans, James Shields and his third W with the Sox.
Shields would prove to have his best outing this season and as a White Sox. He’s lost the last three starts so this is a huge start for him against the first place Cubs. The Cubs would get five base runners through three innings. Shields then retires six straight batters in the 4th and 5th.
Hendricks starts his game by walking Adam Eaton, then a single to Tim Anderson. He gets the first out by popping out Melky Cabrera. Jose Abreu sends a line drive to center scoring Eaton for the first run in the first inning. Kyle redeems himself by striking out the sideman the second. He gives up two singles in the third but doesn’t allow a run.
He seems to catch a grove making the 4th a 1-2-3 inning. The 5th inning is almost as quick for Kyle but he gives up a one out home run to Adam Eaton for the second run of the game.
The top of the 6th would Addison Russell would reach on a single and moves to second on Jason Heyward’s single to right but Javier Baez pops out to end the inning. Shields gives up his fourth and last hit of the game to Tommy La Stella but the 7th inning ends on a double play. He makes it all the way until the top of the 8th getting the first two outs but gives up his fourth walk of the game to be replace by Nate Jones to end the 8th.
Kyle gets the first two outs in the bottom of the 6th but after a single to Todd Frazier, Joel Maddon brings in Travis Wood who walks the bases loaded. After a visit to the mound, he gives Tyler Saladino an RBI with another walk but gets Adam Eaton to ground out.
Joe Nathan enters the bottom of the 7th doing what he is supposed to, making it a quick 1-2-3 inning. Pedro Strop enters the bottom of the 8th getting all three batters to ground out being the perfect setup man.
David Robertson enters the top of the 9th getting Heyward to pop out. Javier Baez goes down swinging. Miguel Montero is the last hope but grounds out to shortstop making no need for an Aroldis Chapman appearance. Southsiders 2, Northsiders 0.
Go Cubs Go!
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