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Cubs Win 3 of 4, Take Crosstown Cup

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Cubs Win 3 of 4, Take Crosstown Cup

The Chicago Cubs (54-47) have started the second half winning three straight series and looks to have left behind all previous struggles in the first half. The team knew city bragging rights were on the line and they must bring the cup to the north side of Chicago. The Cubs lost Monday to open the series but won the next three to win their first Crosstown Cup since 2013.

Series Recap

Miguel Gonzalez earns his 5th win of the season over Kyle Hendricks after another start of allowing one run. Hendricks went 4 1/3 while allowing one run in his first start off the DL. Adam Engel and Matt Davidson hit home runs for the Sox and Anthony Swarzak earned his first save of the season. White Sox took game 1, 3-1.

In game two of the crosstown cup, Wilson Contreras got to Carlos Rodon with a three-run home run and the Cubs never looked back. Rodon answered back with a 2-run double for his first career hit. Rodon tossed four innings giving up 4 runs and striking out 11. He became the first White Sox to strike out 10+ Cubs since Chris Sale on August 16, 2015.  During the fifth inning, Lackey hit three straight batters including Abreu for the second time. Chris Beck hit Happ and both benches were warned

Anthony Rizzo fires up the offense Tuesday going three for four with 4 runs batted in. Addison Russell also hit his 10th home run. Jake Arrieta flirted with a no-hitter but had settle for the win after 6 2/3 strong innings while allowing 2 hits and 2 runs. His 2nd hit allowed was Yoan Moncada’s first career home run right before being pulled. Cub won 8-3 and moved into sole possession in first place in the NL central.

Thursday, Kyle Schwarber and Jon Lester helped complete the series win and win their first Crosstown Cup in 4 years. Kyle Schwarber had three hits and four RBIs which included a triple and two home runs. Lester tossed seven innings, allowing 2 runs on four hits. Rizzo added a home run. For the Sox, Mike Pelfrey moved to 3-8 after giving up five runs. White Sox scored all three of their runs on solo home runs (Abreu 2, Garcia 1). It wasn’t enough, making the Cubs Crosstown Champs and earning city bragging rights.

What’s Next

Going into the first half the Cubs were 5.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers. Since then, the Cubs have gone 11-2, pushing them into first place with a 1.5 games lead over the Brewers. The Cubs now head to Milwaukee for a three game series against the Brewers in hopes of growing their lead.

Friday, Jose Quintana (6-8) will make his third start as a member of the Cubs organization and will face Brent Suter (1-1). Quintana is 2-0 over 13 innings pitched with a 2.08 ERA and a 19/2 strikeout to walk ratio. Suter is only making his 8th career start, the last start he went six innings giving up only one run in place of starter Chase Anderson.

Saturday, Kyle Hendrick (4-3) faces Junior Guerra (1-4) in Game 2. Hendrick went 4 1/3 inning giving up one run on 8 hits in his first outing off the DL. Guerra is making his first start against the Cubs this season. Guerra went 1-0 in two starts with a 2.03 ERA against the Cubbies in 2016.

Sunday, Jon Lackey (7-9) is looking to go 3-0 since the break and take home another series win. Zach Davies (12-4) is already 1-0 against the Cubs this month after an early July start. He tossed six innings while allowing only two runs.

If Cubs want to make it seem like they are walking away with the NL Central, this series would be perfect to extend their lead.