Game One Hundred Fifteen – Cubs 6, White Sox 3
WP – Jake Arrieta (14-6) LP – Jose Quintana (6-10) Save – Hector Rondon (21)
Two Addison Russell two-out doubles led to the first two runs. Kyle Schwarber singled in Russell and broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out single in the fifth. Four of the six runs crossed the plate on two-out hits as the Cubs beat the White Sox on Saturday night at The Cell.
The Cubs came out on the winning end of what was a rather sloppy game for both teams. A win is a win, each one counts, and Saturday was the Cubs’ ninth victory in a row. The Cubs have won 15 of 16.
The offense picked up Jake Arrieta on Saturday night and took advantage of the extra outs the Sox gave them. The Cubs scored four of the six runs on two-out hits from Dexter Fowler (2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a RBI), Kyle Schwarber (1-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored), Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a RBI and a run scored) and Jorge Soler (2-for-5 with two RBI).
Addison Russell (2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and a sac bunt) had another excellent game at the plate. Russell doubled with two outs in the third, the Cubs’ first hit of the game, and scored the tying run on a Dexter Fowler double. Russell reached on a ground rule double with two down in the fifth. After Fowler was intentionally walked, Kyle Schwarber gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead with a single to right.
Anthony Rizzo scored the third run in the sixth on a single from Jorge Soler after Rizzo reached on a double to center that Adam Eaton lost in the twilight.
The Cubs added three jug runs in the seventh. The first scored on a throwing error by Alexei Ramirez on what should have been an inning ending double play off the bat of Kyle Schwarber. Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler made the Sox pay with a pair of two-out run scoring singles to right field.
Jake Arrieta was effective Saturday night but not sharp and labored through his outing. Arrieta lost his command in the second inning and gave the Sox a run. Arrieta hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and committed a throwing error to first base that allowed the Sox to take a 1-0 lead on a ground out to second base. Arrieta settled down after the second inning and pitched around mistakes from his defense.
Arrieta did not pitch a clean inning and faced the minimum only one time on the night. Arrieta gave up five hits, four were doubles, walked two and hit a batter. Arrieta was charged with three runs, two earned, in 6 2/3 innings. Arrieta struck out five on 105 pitches, 66 for strikes. It is a sign of a good pitcher that when he does not have his best stuff he can still put up a final line like Jake Arrieta did Saturday night.
Justin Grimm gave up a hit in the seventh that closed the book on Arrieta when Tyler Saladino scored. Grimm pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Hector Rondon issued a two-out walk to Adam Eaton in the ninth, but that was all. Rondon struck out Saladino swinging to end the game.
With Saturday’s win, the Cubs improved to a season-high 19 games over .500 with a 67-48 record on the season.
The Cubs went down in order in the second inning. Jose Quintana retired the first six batters he faced on 31 pitches, 18 for strikes.
Jake Arrieta struggled with his command and gave the Sox a run in the second inning. Arrieta plunked Avisail Garcia on a 2-2 pitch. A wild pitch on a 1-2 offering allowed Garcia to move up 90 feet. LaRoche flied out to left center on a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Alexei Ramirez bounced a 1-1 pitch back to the mound. Arrieta looked Garcia back and tossed to first. But Arrieta lobbed the ball over Rizzo’s head. Garcia ended up at third and Ramirez went to second on E1. With runners on second and third and one out, Carlos Sanchez rolled a 0-1 pitch to second. Starlin Castro fielded and threw out Sanchez at first as Garcia scored, 1-0 White Sox. With Ramirez at third, Arrieta struck out Tyler Flowers swinging to end the inning. Arrieta made 35 pitches in two innings, 20 for strikes.
The White Sox led 1-0 after two innings.
Addison Russell notched the Cubs’ first hit, a two-out double to left in the third inning. Dexter Fowler pulled a 2-2 pitch down the right field line. Russell scored and tied the game at one on the second two-out double of the inning. Kyle Schwarber fouled out to Sanchez down the right field line to end the inning … 58 pitches, 35 for strikes, for Quintana over the first three innings.
Jake Arrieta issued a two-out walk to Abreu in the third, but that was all. Arrieta made 53 pitches, 30 for strikes, in three innings.
After three complete, the game was tied at one.
Addison Russell jump started the offense again in the fifth inning. Russell pulled a 3-2 pitch to left. The ball hit on the track and jumped over the wall for a ground rule double. Russell’s second two-out double of the game extended the inning for Fowler. After a meeting on the mound with Robin Ventura, Quintana intentionally walked Fowler.
Kyle Schwarber put together an impressive at bat. Schwarber waited for his pitch and smoked a 2-2 offering into right field. Russell scored, 2-1 Cubs. With Fowler at third and Schwarber at first, Kris Bryant took a 1-2 pitch in the dirt. Schwarber misread the play, tried to take second and was thrown out to end the inning. Quintana made 94 pitches, 57 for strikes, in five innings.
Jake Arrieta faced the minimum in the fifth after Jose Abreu lined into a 4-3 double play to end the inning. Arrieta threw 85 pitches, 51 for strikes, in five innings.
The Cubs had a 2-1 lead after five complete.
Kris Bryant struck out swinging to start the sixth. Anthony Rizzo lifted a 1-1 pitch to center. Eaton lost the ball in the twilight, the ball fell in between Eaton and Cabrera. Rizzo ended up at second with a double. Jorge Soler singled to left (2-1 pitch). Rizzo scored and Soler moved to second when Cabrera airmailed the throw to the plate. With the Cubs leading 3-1 and Soler at second, Chris Denorfia rolled a 1-0 pitch to the hole at short. Ramirez fielded the ball but Soler broke for third. Soler was caught in a rundown (6-5-4). Denorfia held at first and was stranded when Castro lined out to left center to end the inning. Jose Quintana made 110 pitches, 67 for strikes, in six innings.
Jake Arrieta made quick work of Cabrera and Garcia to start the sixth. Adam LaRoche doubled to left over Schwarber’s head, just the third hit off Arrieta. Alexei Ramirez doubled down the left field line. LaRoche scored and made it a 3-2 game. Kris Bryant made an excellent play on a slow roller off the bat of Carlos Sanchez to end the inning. Arrieta threw 98 pitches, 60 for strikes, in six innings.
Robin Ventura went to his pen in the seventh inning. Jake Petricka replaced Quintana and David Ross greeted him with a single to left. Addison Russell bunted Ross to second. Dexter Fowler appeared to reach on an infield single to third. Fowler was called out. Maddon really did not have to wait for verification. Maddon challenged the call on a play that was not close. The ruling on the field was overturned and the Cubs had runners on first and second with one out. Ventura switched out Petricka with lefty Zach Duke.
Kyle Schwarber bounced a 2-2 pitch back to the mound. Duke fielded the ball cleanly but threw high to second. Ramirez stretched, caught the ball and forced Fowler. Ramirez tried to complete the double play, but his throw to first was late and low. Abreu didn’t exactly make an effort to keep the ball in front of him. Ross scored, 4-2 Cubs, and Schwarber ended up at second with two down. Bryant walked.
Anthony Rizzo ripped a 3-2 pitch into right. Schwarber scored, 5-2 Cubs. Ventura made the slow walk again. Matt Albers replaced Duke with runners on first and third and two out.
Jorge Soler blooped a 3-1 pitch into right. Bryant scored, 6-2 Cubs. Rizzo advanced to third but Denorfia struck out swinging to end the inning.
Jake Arrieta stayed in for the seventh and retired both Flowers and Eaton on grounders to second base. Tyler Saladino doubled into the left field corner and chased Arrieta from the game. Justin Grimm took the ball. A wild pitch on a 2-2 offering to Abreu allowed Saladino to take third. Jose Abreu singled to center, Saladino scored … 6-3 Cubs. Grimm struck out Cabrera swinging (0-2 pitch) to end the inning.
The Cubs led 6-3 after seven innings. And that was the final score.
Justin Grimm and Hector Rondon retired six of the last seven Sox to end the game.
The Cubs and White Sox wrap up the Crosstown Cup Series on Sunday afternoon (1:10pm CDT). Dan Haren is scheduled to face Chris Sale for the Crosstown Cup in the last game of the year with the White Sox.