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After three scoreless innings, Mike Pelfrey struggles in the fourth and fifth inning as the Cubs win the Crosstown Classic.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox
Willy Garcia had a good night making a nice play stealing extra bases from Kris Bryant and hitting his second home run of 2017.
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Chicago White Sox starter Mike Pelfrey started well keeping the Cubs scoreless after three innings. Looking at his season splits, Pelfrey has been effective facing a lineup twice a game.

  • First time through the order: .248/.326/.372
  • Second time through the order: .187/.301/.285

Unfortunately, the second time facing the Cubs lineup didn't fare well for Big Pelf, who allowed home runs to Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber in the fourth inning to launch the Cubs to a 6-3 victory.

The South Siders struck first. After making a terrific play on the wall robbing Kris Bryant of extra base hits in the top half, Willy Garcia delivered his second home run of 2017 giving the Sox a 1-0 lead.

That advantage wouldn't hold up for long. Anthony Rizzo crushed his 24th home run of the season to tie the game, and after walking Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber went oppo taco for his 16th homer, and the Cubs had a 3-1 lead.

To keep the fireworks engineer busy, Jose Abreu cut the deficit to a single run as he hit a 454-foot blast to left field on Jon Lester's hanging curveball in the fourth.

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Pelfrey’s shakiness continued in the fifth after he allowed a leadoff double down the left field line to Albert Almora. Ben Zobrist would move Almora to third on an unassisted groundout to Abreu at first base. Kris Bryant's fly ball to center was deep enough for the sacrifice fly, and the Cubs were up by two runs again, 4-2.

After allowing a leadoff single to Contreras in the 6th, Pelfrey's day was over finishing with a line of 5 IP 6 H 4 ER 2 BB 3 K on 75 pitches. David Holmberg replaced Pelfrey, and his high fastball didn't have enough juice on it to get Schwarber to miss. Instead, it was a line drive off the wall in center which Adam Engel misplayed. Contreras scored from first, and Schwarber jetted to third for a triple.

Now leading 5-2, Holmberg got Jason Heyward to ground out weakly to Abreu which wasn't good enough to score Schwarber. With one out, Holmberg got a bit wild against Jon Jay and hit him in the head.

Thankfully, Jay was alright and took his base. Manager Rick Renteria lifted Holmberg for Juan Minaya to escape the jam. Jay tried to get himself into scoring position by attempting to steal second base, but he was thrown out by catcher Kevan Smith for the second out. Minaya would strike Addison Russell out to end the threat.

Unfortunately, the White Sox offense couldn't rally against Cubs starter Jon Lester. Despite giving up the home runs to Garcia and Abreu, Lester's cutter took advantage of an aggressive offensive approach by Sox hitters swinging early in the count. Lester's final line was 7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K to improve to 8-6 on the year.

In the eighth inning, Aaron Bummer made his major league debut that had a little bit of everything. His first batter faced was Anthony Rizzo, which ended up being Bummer's first strikeout victim. Then after a groundout from Contreras, Schwarber hit his second home run of the night putting the Cubs up 6-2. Jason Heyward flew out to shallow right field, and Bummer's first appearance was finished.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jose Abreu hit his second home run of the evening straight away centerfield, making it 6-3.

The White Sox now have lost 11 of their last 12 games. With both the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies off tonight; the Sox pick up a .5 game on each in the reverse standings. They sit a game back of the Giants, and four games back of the Phillies for the worst record in MLB.

Record: 39-60 | Box Score |