Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 9, White Sox 3
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs continue to have an easy time with their crosstown rivals, crushing the Chicago White Sox 9-3 on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Dioner Navarro became the first Cubs player to hit three home runs in a game since 2010, while also going deep from both sides of the plate. Cubs starter Scott Feldman gave up two runs over six innings in the victory. The Cubs have won four consecutive interleague games for the first time since 2009. John Danks was knocked around in his second start back from the disabled list giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits with three walks over four innings.
WHAT IT MEANS: Make that three consecutive victories for the Cubs since their season-high six-game losing streak ended. After struggling against left-handers all season, the Cubs have defeated White Sox lefties Jose Quintana and John Danks this week, while also getting an early lead Tuesday on Chris Sale before that game was rained out. The White Sox had been much improved offensively over their previous 15 games, but have scored just two runs over 15 innings against Cubs starting pitching.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: The last Cubs player to hit three home runs in a game was Aramis Ramirez, when he did it in July of 2010 against the Houston Astros. The last Cubs catcher to hit three home runs in a game was George Mitterwald in April of 1974 when he accomplished the feat against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The last time a Cubs player hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game was in 2002 when Mark Bellhorn got the best of the Brewers. Navarro hit home runs from the right side in the second and fourth innings, while hitting one left-handed in the seventh inning.
OFF BEAT: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo found out what the wind and they quirky dimensions of Wrigley Field can do to a player. On a David DeJesus drive in the first inning, Viciedo drifted back to the area in left where the wall is recessed. Appearing to brace for contact against the wall, Viciedo looked helpless as the light wind carried the ball just off of his glove. Viciedo earned the error and DeJesus eventually scored the first run of the game.
UP NEXT: The White Sox will send right-hander Jake Peavy (6-2, 2.97 ERA) to the mound Thursday in the finale of the two game series. The Cubs will counter with left-hander Travis Wood (4-3, 2.73) in the 1:20 p.m. start from Wrigley Field.