Game Ninety-Eight – Cubs 4, White Sox 5
WP – Dan Jennings (4-2, BS 2) LP – Mike Montgomery (3-5) Save – None
Game one of the Crosstown Cubs Series went to the White Sox. The Cubs tied the game at four in the top of the ninth after Javier Baez led off with a double and scored on a single from Dexter Fowler. Anthony Rizzo singled in Fowler for the Cubs’ fourth run.
A Willson Contreras two-out single put the go ahead run in scoring position. But Jason Heyward struck out swinging to end the inning.
Mike Montgomery gave up a leadoff single to J.B. Shuck in the bottom of the ninth. Dioner Navarro bunted him to second and Tyler Saladino singled to center. Shuck scored and the Sox celebrated their third straight walk-off win.
The Cubs gave another game away Monday night as the offense continued to struggle with runners in scoring position. The Cubs were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base in the first six innings. The Cubs had 12 hits and four walks, 16 total baserunners, but finished the night 4-for-10 with RISP and left 11 men on base.
Javier Baez (3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI) had a huge game. Baez hit a two-run homer in the seventh that broke up the shutout. And he started the two-run rally in the ninth with a double and a stolen base. Miguel Montero (2-for-4 with a double and a run scored) doubled, had two hits and was on base when Baez went yard.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a walk and a RBI) showed why again he is a MVP candidate in the National League. Rizzo tied the game in the ninth with an opposite field single on a two-strike pitch from a left-hander. Joe Maddon lifted him for pinch-runner Matt Szczur in the ninth which was a questionable move at best, but in the end it did not matter.
Jake Arrieta started strong Monday at the Cell. Unfortunately he did not finish that way. Arrieta had another concerning outing after a 36-pitch sixth inning in which he served up a three-run homer. Arrieta pitched ahead in the count and threw quality strikes though five innings. Arrieta pounded the strike zone and the Sox made very little hard contact. Arrieta allowed one run on a single by Adam Eaton that plated Tyler Saladino in the third inning.
Arrieta took the hill for the sixth and looked like a different pitcher. Arrieta struggled with his command, fell behind in the count and gave up a lot of hard contract. And that was before serving up the three-run homer. Arrieta could not put away Tim Anderson. The White Sox’s rookie changed the game despite swinging and missing a 3-2 pitch. Anderson put together a 10-pitch at bat. Anderson fouled off four straight 3-2 offerings. Arrieta walked Melky Cabrera and gave up a single to Jose Abreu on a 3-1 pitch. With two on and one down, Arrieta got the call on a 2-2 pitch to Justin Morneau.
As his pitch count escalated, Arrieta did not have enough left in the tank to get past Todd Frazier. And Frazier seemed to put the game out of reach with a three-run homer to straight away center field. Arrieta finished the 36-pitch sixth inning by retiring J.B. Shuck on a grounder to short.
Jake Arrieta allowed four runs, all earned, on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Arrieta made 101 pitches, 65 for strikes, over six innings to the 25 batters he faced.
Justin Grimm and Carl Edwards Jr. combined on two scoreless innings in relief of Arrieta and gave the offense a chance at a comeback.
Mike Montgomery struggled for the second time in as many outings for the Cubs and took the loss.
The Cubs could not get on track Monday night against Miguel Gonzalez. It appeared Melky Cabrera robbing Kris Bryant of a home run in the first inning took the wind out of their sail. The Cubs offense allowed Gonzalez to have an excellent night. Gonzalez did not appear to pitch as well as the Cubs made him look.
Javier Baez cut the Sox lead in half with a two-run homer to left in the seventh and he led off the ninth with a double off the base of the wall in right. With Dexter Fowler (1-for-5 with a RBI) at the plate, Baez swiped third. Fowler pulled a 2-2 pitch off Jose Abreu’s glove into short right. Baez scored and made it a one-run game.
Kris Bryant (2-for-5) followed with a single to left. Fowler went to third but Bryant was thrown out at second trying to stretch a single into a double. Melky Cabrera threw him out. Robin Ventura replaced Matt Albers with lefty Dan Jennings. And Rizzo made him pay with a single to left that tied the game at four. Ben Zobrist (0-for-3 with two walks) flied out to right. Willson Contreras (2-for-5) singled to right and put the go ahead run in scoring position. With pinch-runner Matt Szczur at second, Jason Heyward struck out swinging to end the inning.
With Monday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 59-39 on the season.
Kyle Hendricks takes on James Shields on Tuesday night (6:10pm CDT) at the Cell.