Game 1: South Side, 1-0.
The White Sox win a pitcher’s duel as a sacrifice fly by J.B. Shuck to score Emilio Bonifacio proves to be the only run of the Crosstown Cup opener. Kyle Hendricks and Carlos Rodon were the benefits of great defense, both go scoreless as the starting pitchers.
Game 2: South Side, 5-1.
The Sox take round two of the Crosstown Classic at Wrigley with a 5-1 victory over the Cubs. Tyler Flowers’ two-run double in the 7th blew it open. Chris Sale went 7 innings allowing six hits and one run, with 10 strikeouts, while Jon Lester also went 7 allowing four earned with eight Ks.
Game 3: North Side, 3-1.
The Cubs (47-40) avoid being swept by the White Sox (41-45) heading into the All-Star Break with a 3-1 victory this afternoon at Wrigley. Jake Arrieta threw a complete game, allowing just two hits and one run with nine strikeouts while also belting his first career home run en route to his 10th win. Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler also had RBIs for the Cubs, as they got out to a 2-0 lead after the 1st.
Adam Eaton had the only RBI for the Sox on a sacrifice fly in the 6th. Jose Quintana was a tough luck loser again, going 7.1 innings scattering eight hits and three runs also striking out nine.
So, Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Chris Sale are off to Cincinnati for the Mid-Summer Classic while everyone else gets to rest up before the second half begins Friday. This promises to be a fun end of the baseball season as the Cubs hold a one-game Wild Card lead and the Sox are making a surge in the AL, less than six games out of the Wild Card despite their inconsistent first half.
SOUTH SIDE 2-1 SERIES LEAD
The first series of the 2015 Crosstown Cup between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox ended with the Chicago White Sox taking 2 of 3, winning the first two games before the Cubs bounced back for game 3.
The second series, which will determine if the Cubs or Sox will in the Crosstown Cup, will begin at US Cellular Field on Friday August 14th at 3:10pm. The White Sox have a talented team but have fallen mostly out of contention as the Cubs have recently surged into the lead for the #2 NL Wildcard. Will the White Sox be able to protect their current lead in the series and take home the Crosstown Cup, or will the Cubs assert their dominance and steal the Cup from the White Sox?
Round 4: North Side, 6-5.
The Cubs even the 2015 Crosstown Cup up at two games a piece and extend their winning streak to eight straight with a 6-5 victory in one of the more exciting Crosstown games in the series’ history. This one featured back-and-forth action all afternoon at the Cell with both teams wearing their throwback uniforms to honor Ernie Banks and Minnie Minoso.
Three runs were scored in the first inning, the Cubs struck on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Schwarber to score Dexter Fowler. Avi Garcia had an answer though, when he hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first.
Chris Coghlan had himself a great game, hitting a three-run home run in the third to make it 4-2 Cubs. The Sox battled back in the fourth when Geo Soto hit an RBI single and came home to score on a two-run shot by Adam Eaton to go ahead 5-4. But the long balls weren’t done yet, in the top of the fifth Coghlan hit a solo shot and Anthony Rizzo made it back-to-back to put the Cubs up 6-5 where they would stay for good.
Kyle Hendricks and Jeff Samardzija both had rough starts. Hendricks lasted just 3.1 innings allowing eight hits and five earned runs with three strikeouts, while the Shark went six innings giving up nine hits and six earned with five Ks.
Round 5: North Side, 6-3.
The Cubs take their third straight game in the 2015 Crosstown Cup and make it nine consecutive wins overall with a 6-3 victory in a sloppy game tonight at the Cell. Since the Sox won the Cup last year, they have the tiebreaker which means the winner of tomorrow’s 1:10 game takes it home for the year. It’ll be Chris Sale against Dan Haren in the pitching matchup.
After the White Sox went up 1-0 on an RBI groundout by Carlos Sanchez in the bottom of the second, but Dexter Fowler quickly tied the game with an RBI double in the third, scoring Addison Russell. Two innings later, Kyle Schwarber hit a single into right field scoring Russell again to put the Cubs up 2-1. Jorge Soler added an RBI single in the sixth, but it was quickly answered by an RBI double by Alexei Ramirez, so it was 3-2 North Side through six.
Then the Cubs broke things open in the top of the seventh. The Sox looked like they’d have an inning-ending double play, but Ramirez made a throwing error allowing a run to score. Anthony Rizzo and Soler would add RBI hits to make it 6-2 Cubs. The Sox got one back off a Jose Abreu single, but that’s as close as they’d get.
Jake Arrieta gets the win, improving to 14-6 and tying the MLB lead for wins after turning in his 11th consecutive quality start. Arrieta went 6.2 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts. Jose Quintana was strong early for the Sox, but got in trouble in the middle innings, giving up seven hits and three earned with four strikeouts.
Round 6, retaining the Crosstown Cup: South Side, 3-1
Chris Sale was absolutely incredible on a beautiful afternoon at the Cell, striking out the first four batters of the game and the side three times en route to a seven inning, one hit, tying his career-high with 15 strikeouts. All four runs in the game came via solo home runs, Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez and Melky Cabrera in the third, fourth and fifth innings for the Sox and Jorge Soler in the ninth for the Cubs. White Sox Win
SERIES TWO: NORTH SIDE 2-1
SERIES TOTAL: TIED 3-3
So, the White Sox (55-60) snap the Cubs’ (67-49) nine-game winning streak and in doing so even the Crosstown Cup 3-3, meaning they take home the trophy for the second straight year because they win the tiebreaker with their victory last season. The overall regular season record is now: White Sox 55, Cubs 47.
This was one of the best editions of the Crosstown since it started in 1997, isn’t great to have competitive baseball back in the greatest city in the world?!