Cubs lose to rival White Sox


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Rick Scuteri - USA Today Sports
Rick Scuteri - USA Today Sports

The Cubs (5-8-1) have had a rough go of it for the last week, suffering several bullpen meltdowns, which have resulted in losses. This afternoon they hosted the White Sox (7-5). LHP Jon Lester got the start for Chicago, while RHP Lucas Giolito took the mound for the White Sox.

The Cubs lineup consisted of Nico Hoerner (2B), Kyle Schwarber (LF), Willson Contreras (DH), Jason Heyward (RF), Victor Caratini (C), Albert Almora Jr. (CF), Davis Bote (3B), Daniel Descalso (1B), Hernan Perez (SS).

T-1 Lester gave up back-to-back singles, but righted the ship, fanning the next three.

B-1 Hoerner GO-6, Schwarbs HBP, Contreras (K), Schwarber steals second (bad call – he was out), J-Hey flies out to center. Game tied 0-0.

T-2 Lester: BB, double to right-center (run scores), K, K, infield single, GO-5 – great defensive play by Bote. Sox lead 1-0.

B-2 Former Cubs Steve Cishek on the mound: Caratini GO-4, Almora (K), Bote BB, Descalso (K).

T-3 Lester: FO-7, K, BB. Lester replaced (62 pitches) by LHP Ryan Lawlor. Single, BB, FO-7. Sox still up 1-0.

B-3 Perez BB, Hoerner GO-6 (Perez advances), Schwarber BB, Contreras LO-8, Heyward (K). Cubs still without a hit.

T-4 RHP Dan Winkler: Single, stolen base, K, Homer (Abreu), BB, FO-7, K. Sox lead 4-0.

B-4 Cubs finally get a hit as Caratini singles to center. He’d then get second base on a balk. Almora hit a hard, line drive to third (caught),

then Caratini got doubled off of second. Bote reaches on a fielding error by Anderson. Descalso GO-2.

T-5 RHP Adbert Alzolay: GO-1, single, HR, FO-7, FO-8. Cubs trail 6-0.

B-5 Perez GO-6, Hoerner HBP, Schwarber singles to the right, Contreras grounds into a 5-4-3 double play.

T-6 Alzolay: Pop out to second, BB, infield single, K, line-out to center. Cubs trail 6-zip.

SUBS: Robel Garcia (2B), Mark Zagunis (LF), Alfonso Rivas (1B), Zack Short (SS).

B-6 J-Hey singles to the left, Caratini walks (Ian Miller pinch-runs), Almora (K), Bote singles to the left (J-Hey scores, Miller to third; Trent Giambrone pinch-runs for Bote). Rivas doubles down the RF line (Miller scores, Giambrone to third). Short lines out to the left, Garcia grounds out to second. Cubs trail 6-2.

SUBS: Miller (VF), PJ Higgins (C), Giambrone (3B), Noe Cuevas (DH).

T-7 LHP Rex Brothers: FO-9, double, GO-5, K. Sox still lead 6-2.

B-7 Zagunis HBP, Joseph (K), Noel Cuevas grounds into a 6-4-3 double play.

T-8 Rex Brothers strikes out the side. Cubs trail 6-2.

B-8 Miller uses his speed and bunts his way on. He then steals second and subsequently takes third on an errant throw. That makes Miller’s seventh stolen base this spring.

Higgins fans, Giambrone walks, Rivas fans, then a wild pitch scores Miller. Short fans to end the inning. Sox lead 6-3.

T-9 RHP Craig Brooks: K, BB, K, single, line-out to center.

B-9 Garcia FO-5, Donnie Dewees (LF) fans, Joseph out.

Final Score White Sox-6; Cubs-3

Cubs Offense 6 for 32 (.188), 2 for 13 (.154) with RISP.

Next Game: Tomorrow – split-squad: 2:05 PM: Cubs at Indians from Goodyear Ballpark; 3:05 PM: Reds @ Cubs from Las Vegas Ballpark, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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