Game One Hundred Fourteen – Cubs 6, White Sox 5
WP – Clayton Richard (3-0) LP – Jeff Samardzija (8-8) Save – Hector Rondon (20)
Chris Coghlan hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs. Anthony Rizzo went back-to-back with Coghlan in the fifth and Rizzo’s solo shot ended up being the difference in the game as the Cubs beat the White Sox on Friday afternoon at The Cell.
A day after hitting five home runs, the Cubs went deep three times Friday against Jeff Samardzija. Chris Coghlan (2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI) had the fifth multi-homer game of his career. Coghlan launched his first home run, a three-run shot just to the right of center in the third inning, and gave the Cubs a 4-2 lead.
Chris Coghlan tied it at five in the fifth with his second longball, a solo homer to the left of straight away center. For the second day in a row and the fourth time this season, the Cubs hit back-to-back jacks.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-3 with a home run and a walk) pulled a 2-2 pitch from Jeff Samardzija in the fifth and his towering blast, No. 23 on the season, gave the Cubs a 6-5 lead.
Dexter Fowler (2-for-5 with a double, a triple and two runs scored) had two more hits and scored the first run of the game. Fowler led off with a triple to right and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Schwarber (0-for-3 with a sac fly RBI, a walk and a run scored).
Kris Bryant (2-for-4 with a double) extended his hitting streak to 11 games and Starlin Castro (3-for-4) had three hits in his first start at second base.
Clayton Richard really picked up Kyle Hendricks after the Cubs’ starter was forced out of the game after just 3 1/3 innings. Richard settled things down and allowed only one hit and a walk while striking out three over two innings.
Justin Grimm, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon let two White Sox reach over the last 3 2/3 innings of the games.
The bullpen bailed out a struggling Kyle Hendricks.
Kyle Hendricks had a bad day. Hendricks struggled with his command seemingly from his first pitch of the afternoon. Hendricks labored through a 29-pitch first inning in which only 13 went for strikes. Hendricks gave up two runs in the first inning and wiggled out of a bases loaded jam in the second. Hendricks made his best pitch of the day when he struck out Jose Abreu with the bags juiced in the second to end the inning.
Hendricks was lit up for three more runs in the fourth before Joe Maddon went and got him.
Kyle Hendricks pitched from behind in the count and if not for Addison Russell and Starlin Castro his final line would look a lot worse than it does. Hendricks surrendered five runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Hendricks made 86 pitches in 3 1/3 innings, 51 for strikes.
Addison Russell turned in several outstanding plays in the field Friday afternoon. And his diving stop of a grounder to the hole in the second inning not only saved a run but it allowed Kyle Hendricks to escape the inning without allowing any runs. Addison Russell and Starlin Castro worked well together all afternoon and turned a slick double play in the first inning.
With Friday’s win, the Cubs improved to a season-high 18 games over .500 with a 66-48 record.
Dexter Fowler led off the game with a triple to right. Avisail Garcia tried to make a shoestring catch on a sinking liner. The ball bounced past him and Fowler legged out a triple. Kyle Schwarber lifted a 2-2 pitch to left. Fowler tagged and scored, 1-0 Cubs. Chris Coghlan struck out swinging.
Anthony Rizzo worked a walk and went to third on a double to left by Kris Bryant. Miguel Montero struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch, Samardzija’s 31st of the first inning, for the third out. The Cubs let Samardzija off the hook.
Adam Eaton started the Sox first with a single to center. Tyler Saladino rolled into a 4-6-3 double play. Hendricks continued to struggle and lost all of his command at this point. Hendricks issued back-to-back walks to Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera. Avisail Garcia made up for his defensive miscue with a double to left on a 2-1 pitch. Abreu and Cabrera scored, 2-1 Sox. Adam LaRoche grounded a 2-2 pitch to Russell in the shift to end the inning.
Kyle Hendricks made 29 pitches in the first inning, 13 for strikes.
At the end of one, it was 2-1 Sox.
After the Cubs went down in order in the second, Kyle Hendricks continued to have command issues in the second inning. Hendricks allowed the Sox to load the bases and if not for a diving stop by Addison Russell to hold Saladino to an infield single, the Sox would have added to their lead. Hendricks made his best pitch of the day to Jose Abreu with the bases loaded. Hendricks struck out Abreu swinging on a 2-2 pitch for the third out. Hendricks needed 57 pitches, 31 for strikes, to complete two innings.
The Sox led 2-1 after two innings.
Dexter Fowler started the third with a double to right. Kyle Schwarber walked. Coghlan stepped in with runners on first and second with no outs.
Chris Coghlan cranked a 2-1 pitch to the stands just to the right of straight away center … and the Cubs took a 4-2 lead on Coghlan’s three-run homer.
Rizzo lined out to right. Bryant flied out to center and Samardzija threw out Montero on a swinging bunt to the third base side of the mound to end the inning … 63 pitches for Samardzija after three, 40 for strikes.
Kyle Hendricks threw 10 pitches, got three groundball outs and set the Sox down in order in the third.
The Cubs had a 4-2 lead after three innings.
Starlin Castro singled with one out in the fourth. After Russell flied out to right, Castro was thrown out at second to end the inning. Samardzija’s pitch count (78 pitches, 49 for strikes) was becoming more manageable but he was still down by two runs.
Hendricks retired Ramirez on a grounder to short for the first out in the fourth … then his command left him again. Sanchez singled to right on a 3-1 pitch and stole second with Soto at the plate. Geovany Soto ripped a 1-1 pitch to left, Sanchez scored … 4-3 Cubs.
Adam Eaton flipped a 0-1 pitch over the wall in left. And just like that, the Cubs trailed 5-4. Saladino followed with a single to right (2-2 pitch) and Hendricks was done for the day. Joe Maddon brought in Clayton Richard to face Abreu.
Jose Abreu bounced a 3-1 pitch to the hole at short. Russell made an excellent stop, popped up and threw to second. Castro stretched and the Cubs got the out. Cabrera reached on a Baltimore Chop. With two on and two down, Richard struck out Garcia swinging to end the inning.
At the end of four, it was 5-4 White Sox.
Dexter Fowler struck out swinging to start the fifth. Kyle Schwarber just missed a homer to right. Garcia hauled in the deep drive for the second out.
Chris Coghlan launched Samardzija’s first pitch just to the left of straight away center. Coghlan’s second homer of the day tied the game at five.
Anthony Rizzo pulled a 2-2 pitch from Samardzija to deep right … and Rizzo’s towering homer gave the Cubs a 6-5 lead. The fifth time this season the Cubs hit back-to-back jacks.
Kris Bryant followed with a singled to left, but Montero hit a soft liner to Sanchez at second for the third out.
Clayton Richard pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning.
The Cubs had a 6-5 lead after five innings.
And that would be the final score. Justin Grimm did an excellent job in relief of Clayton Richard and got the ball to Pedro Strop.
The White Sox put the tying run on second and go ahead run at first against Strop with one out in the eighth. Strop struck out Adam Eaton and Tyler Saladino swinging to end the inning.
Hector Rondon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning with help from another outstanding defensive play from Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo.
Jake Arrieta takes the hill on Saturday night (6:05pm CDT) in game two on the South Side against lefty Jose Quintana.