Samardzija Couldn’t Do It All, Cubs Drop Game One of Crosstown Series – White Sox 3, Cubs 1

Game Thirty: Cubs 1, White Sox 3 – 12 innings

WP – Daniel Webb (3-0) LP – Justin Grimm (1-1) Save – Matt Lindstrom (5)

Jeff Samardzija allowed one unearned run in nine innings, collected the Cubs only extra basehit and scored the only run, but the offense could not string together any hits as the Cubs lost the first game of the Crosstown Series on Monday night.

After the White Sox scored an unearned run in the first inning, the Cubs tied the game at one in the sixth after Jeff Samardzija broke up Jose Quintana’s no-hit bid with a double. Emilio Bonifacio bunted Samardzija to third and Junior Lake (0-for-2 with a sac fly RBI) tied the game with a sacrifice fly to left. And the game remained tied at one until the 12th inning.

Wesley Wright struck out Adam Dunn for the first out in the 12th inning. Rick Renteria went to his pen after one batter for Justin Grimm. Grimm struck out Dayan Viciedo before giving up a single to Alexei Ramirez. Grimm allowed Ramirez to swipe second then walked Tyler Flowers. And a two-out walk cost the Cubs for the second day in a row. Marcus Semien followed with a double that plated Ramirez and gave the Sox a 2-1 lead. Grimm hit Paul Konerko then issued a bases loaded walk to Alejandro De Aza that forced in the Sox’s third and final run.

Jeff Samardzija did everything he could to win the game on Monday night and start the week with a victory over the White Sox. Rick Renteria admitted after the game the coaching staff really wanted to win it for him. Samardzija pitched around a poor defensive effort and even broke up a no-hitter in the sixth after he struck out the side in order in the top half of the inning.

Samardzija wiggled out of some trouble early in the game and allowed only one unearned run on the night. Samardzija appeared to get stronger as the night wore on. Samardzija struck out the side in order in the sixth and retired 12 in a row before issuing his first walk of the night to Jose Abreu with one out in the ninth. Samardzija muscled his way through the ninth inning after he issued back-to-back walks to Abreu and Adam Dunn. Samardzija induced a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Dayan Viciedo to end the ninth and his outing.

Jeff Samardzija allowed one unearned run on three hits with two walks, a wild pitch and seven strikeouts in nine innings. Samardzija received a no decision after throwing a career-high 126 pitches, 85 for strikes.

Neil Ramirez was impressive again on Monday night. Ramirez retired all three batters he faced with a strikeout in the tenth. Brian Schlitter tossed a scoreless 11th inning with a pair of strikeouts.

Justin Grimm’s command issues continued Monday. Justin Grimm gave up two runs on two hits with two walks, a hit batsman and two strikeouts.

The Cubs offense was non-existent again after being no-hit for the first five innings of the game. Jose Quintana retired the first 14 batters he faced before issuing a two-out walk in the fifth to Nate Schierholtz. Jeff Samardzija’s double was the Cubs lone hit until a ninth inning single from Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs managed four hits, three singles and one double, and five walks. Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a walk), Mike Olt (1-for-4 with a walk) and Welington Castillo (0-for-3 with two walks) reached base twice and Junior Lake drove in the only run of the night.

The Cubs went 0-for-4 with RISP and left seven men on base.

With Monday’s loss, the Cubs are 0-3 against the American League this year and dropped to 11-19 on the season.

Alejandro De Aza led off the ballgame with a single into right center (1-2 pitch). Gordon Beckham hit a bouncer toward third that Mike Olt fielded cleanly. Olt made a bad decision and tried to throw back across his body to force De Aza at second. The ball was on the left field side of the bag. Darwin Barney stretched and tried to make the catch like a first baseman … another bad decision by a Cubs’ defender on the same play. The ball ended up in shallow center, De Aza advanced to third and the Sox had runners on the corners with no outs. Jose Abreu drove a 0-2 pitch to right. Schierholtz caught the ball, De Aza scored and the Sox took a 1-0 lead. Adam Dunn tapped back to Samardzija, Beckham advanced to second with two outs. Samardzija retired Dayan Viciedo on a grounder to second to end the inning. Samardzija threw 16 pitches in the first, 11 for strikes, and the Sox received an unearned run.

The Sox held onto the 1-0 lead through the second, third and fourth innings. While Samardzija was busy picking up his teammates and keeping the Sox from adding to their lead, Jose Quintana retired all 12 batters he faced over the first four innings.

Marcus Semien led off the fifth with a single to center. Jose Quintana bunted Semien to second. With De Aza at the plate, Castillo could not catch a high offering from Samardzija. The ball went off his glove and Semien ended up at third with one down. Rick Renteria brought his infield in. De Aza tapped a 2-2 pitch back to the mound. Semien broke on contact and the ball was waiting on him at the plate. Castillo tagged him out and De Aza ended up at first base. De Aza took off for second on the first pitch to Gordon Beckham. De Aza appeared to swipe the bag and was called safe. But he took an awkward headfirst slide into the bag. De Aza’s left arm got caught under him and he did not touch the bag before Barney tagged him. Renteria asked the umps to take another look and the call was reversed to end the inning.

Jose Quintana took a perfect game into the fifth and retired both Castro and Castillo for the first two outs. Nate Schierholtz worked a walk, the Cubs first baserunner of the night. Mike Olt followed and walked. But Darwin Barney rolled a 3-2 pitch to short for the third out.

Jeff Samardzija struck out the side in order in the sixth. After six innings, Samardzija’s pitch count stood at 81, 58 for strikes.

Jeff Samardzija led off the sixth and pulled Quintana’s first pitch over Dunn’s head in left. The ball hit the vines and Samardzija ended up at second with the Cubs’ first hit … and his first career double. Emilio Bonifacio bunted Samardzija to third with one out. With the infield in, Junior Lake lifted a 0-1 pitch to left. Dunn caught the ball, Samardzija tagged and scored. Game tied at one. Rizzo grounded out to Semien in the shift to end the inning.

The game remained knotted at one until the 12th inning.

Wesley Wright started the 12th by striking out Adam Dunn looking. Rick Renteria used Wright for Dunn and went to his pen for Justin Grimm. Dayan Viciedo struck out swinging. Alexei Ramirez collected the 1000th hit of his career with a single to right. Tyler Flowers stepped in and worked a 2-1 count. Ramirez swiped second on the 2-1 offering that was high and inside. Castillo could not make a throw. Grimm walked Flowers and put two on with two down. Marcus Semien stepped in and pulled a 1-1 pitch into the left field corner. Ramirez scored on Semien’s double, 2-1 White Sox. Paul Konerko hit for Daniel Webb. Grimm plunked Konerko and loaded the bases with two down. Grimm then walked De Aza and forced in Flowers, 3-1 White Sox. After a meeting on the mound with Renteria, Grimm struck out Beckham swinging to end the inning.

Matt Lindstrom faced the minimum in the 12th to end the game.

Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Hector Noesi in game two of the Crosstown Series on Tuesday night (7:05pm CDT) at Wrigley Field.

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