MLB Game Summary - Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox|
(Monday, July 8th)
Final Score: Chicago Cubs 8, Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Luis Valbuena hit a go-ahead two-run double in
the eighth inning and finished the game with three RBI to help the Chicago
Cubs take an 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday.
Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and four runs scored, Cody
Ransom drove in a pair, and Dave Sappelt was 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run
scored for the Cubs, who have won three straight.
Matt Garza (5-1) gave up two runs -- one earned -- on five hits with no walks
and six strikeouts over seven innings to win his fourth straight decision.
"I think I'm picking up where I left off last year, doing the things that I
did well towards the end there," said Garza. "I look forward to every five
days now when I can get out there."
Josh Phegley hit a solo home run, while Gordon Beckham scored a run for the
White Sox, who have dropped their past four games. Hector Santiago gave up two
runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings, but didn't factor into the decision.
"You just try to go out there and put up zeros. Just give us a chance to win,"
This contest was a makeup game from a May 28 rainout.
The score was tied in the eighth inning when the Cubs went on top in a big
Matt Thornton (0-3) was on the mound to start and gave up a one-out walk to
Soriano followed by a single from Dioner Navarro. Valbuena then roped a double
to center and both runners came home.
Nate Jones took over on the hill and got Darwin Barney to ground out back to
the mound, but Sappelt then punched an RBI single to center. Later in the
inning with the bases loaded, Ransom slapped a two-run single to center for a
Blake Parker set the White Sox down in order in the eighth, while Sappelt
added another run in the ninth with an RBI single for an 8-2 advantage.
Parker got the first out of the ninth before James Russell retired the next
two batters to end the game.
Valbuena's sacrifice fly in the second was countered by Phegley's one-out
homer in the third.
Soriano led off the sixth by crushing a 1-0 pitch deep into the left-field
stands for his 13th home run of the year and a 2-1 lead, but in the bottom of
the inning, Alex Rios stole second with Beckham on third, and Beckham took
home on the throw to second.
Valbuena had taken the place of Welington Castillo as DH prior to the start of
the game. Castillo was a late scratch due to an illness ... Prior to the
contest, Chicago sent outfielder Scott Hairston to the Nats in exchange for
pitcher Ivan Pineyro ... The Cubs won all four games against the White Sox
07/09 02:02:20 ET