Game One Hundred Sixteen – Cubs 1, White Sox 3
WP – Chris Sale (11-7) LP – Dan Haren (8-8) Save – David Robertson (24)
Jorge Soler homered with two outs in the ninth. And the Cubs brought the tying run to the plate after an Addison Russell infield single. Starlin Castro rolled out to second base to end the game as the Cubs nine-game winning streak came to an end Sunday afternoon at The Cell.
Chris Sale dominated the Cubs on Sunday. Sale tied a career-high with 15 strikeouts and allowed just one hit, two walks and he hit Anthony Rizzo in the sixth over seven innings. Sale treated Sunday as a playoff game and showed why he is considered among the best pitchers in the game. The Cubs had two scoring chances all day against Sale but a generous called third strike on Jorge Soler (1-for-3 with a home run and a walk) ended the only legitimate shot they had all day to put runs on the board.
The Cubs tied a franchise record Sunday for strikeouts in a nine-inning game. The Cubs struck out 18 times and managed only three hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Dexter Fowler (1-for-4) got the only hit off Sale. Addison Russell (1-for-4) legged out an infield single in the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate. Anthony Rizzo (0-for-3 with a HBP) and Chris Denorfia (0-for-2 with a walk) were the other two Cubs that reached base Sunday.
Dan Haren made three mistakes and all three mistakes left the yard. Solo home runs by Jose Abreu in the third, Alexei Ramirez in the fourth and Melky Cabrera in the fifth accounted for all three runs Haren allowed Sunday.
Dan Haren was hit in the right ankle on a comebacker by Carlos Sanchez in the second inning. Haren stayed in the game but was obviously hampered by the injury. Haren would have probably pitched deeper in the game but after giving up two hard-hit balls in the fifth, that included the third home run, Joe Maddon could not let the Cubs get any further behind with Sale on mound.
Dan Haren turned the game over to Travis Wood with two outs in the fifth. Haren allowed three runs on seven hits (three home runs) with no walks and four strikeouts. Haren made 82 pitches, 55 for strikes, in 4 2/3 innings.
Travis Wood issued two free passes but did not give up any hits in 1 2/3 innings. Wood struck out three and kept the Cubs in the game. Tommy Hunter issued a walk to the first batter he faced, Jose Abreu, before retiring Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia to end the seventh.
James Russell and Jason Motte combined on a scoreless eighth inning.
Even with Sunday’s loss, the Cubs won the series and ended up splitting the six games with the White Sox this season. The White Sox retained the Crosstown Cup because they won the season series a year ago.
With Sunday’s loss (11-9 on Sunday), the Cubs slipped to 18 games over .500 with a 67-49 record on the season.
Monday is an off-day for the Cubs, the team’s last scheduled day off until Sept. 3. The Cubs open a seven-game homestand Tuesday night (7:05pm CDT) with the first of two against the Tigers. Jason Hammel is scheduled to face Anibal Sanchez in game one.