Cubs' five game win streak snapped

by - Senior Editor -
David Banks - USA Today Sports
David Banks - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO -- During a festive celebration of Mother's Day with players wearing pink attire on Sunday afternoon in front of 40,537 fans, the Cubs were hoping for a rivalry crosstown sweep but ended with a 5-3 loss in the series finale at the hands of the rival White Sox. This continues a bizarre streak for the Cubs recently winning five games, then losing five games, and now their latest winning streak is over at 5 games.

The Cubs took advantage of a shaky starter Lucas Giolito early with a two-out, two-run single by Javy Baez to put the Cubs up 2-0 in the first inning. During the inning, the Cubs were the second team in baseball to steal four bases in an inning and it was last achieved by the Cubs on April 28, 2015. Amazingly, he threw 17 of his first 27 pitches in the afternoon for balls. This just shows you that you have to step on the throat of your opponents when you get a chance or it will come back to haunt you like today's game for the Cubs.

Things got squared shortly with a solo homer by Matt Davidson in the second inning and a bad throwing error to first base by Willson Contreras that tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning. Today's game was also the 26th birthday for Contreras but he was unable to make a huge offensive impact like he did the previous two games against the White Sox.

In the fourth inning, the North Siders regained the lead 3-2 with an RBI double by Ian Happ off the center field wall that scored Kyle Schwarber. It was Happ's 13th RBI of the season and it was also Schwarber's second theft of the day and sixth of his entire MLB career.

The class was certainly in session for Kyle 'Professor' Hendricks early on but he ended up going six innings giving up four runs including three earned on four hits, six strikeouts, and zero walks. Golito somehow got the win even though he had a rare stat line of 5.2 innings giving up seven walks, three wild pitches, one hit-by-pitch, and two hits.

It took a long time but reliever Brian Duensing finally gave up his first run of the season as the White Sox went up 5-3 on a sac bunt in the seventh inning.

The Cubs went down quietly as they didn't threaten offensively the last two innings except for a pinch-hit single by Tommy La Stella in the 9th inning. Ben Zobrist had a lazy pop up to center field to end the game.

The White Sox finally get a win as it snaps their seven-game losing streak and the Cubs will now host the Atlanta Braves tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT (WGN-TV) in a makeup game at Wrigley Field.

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