Chicago Cubs: Gordon Beckham

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Cubs 1

May, 6, 2014
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs lost 5-1 to the Chicago White Sox in Game 2 of their four-game series on Tuesday night. Here’s a quick look:

How it happened: Reliever Neil Ramirez gave up his first home run in the majors as Gordon Beckham took him deep in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie. The Sox got on the board first on an Alexei Ramirez groundout in the fourth, scoring Beckham, who had singled to open the inning. The Cubs tied it in the fifth on an Emilio Bonifacio single off the glove of Beckham as Junior Lake crossed the plate.

The Sox put the game away in the ninth, adding three runs off Pedro Strop before he left with an apparent injury. Edwin Jackson threw his best game of the year, giving up six hits over seven innings while striking out nine. He yielded all six hits to two players, so he was never in a lot of trouble. Hector Noesi threw well, allowing just one run over five innings. Beckham was 4-for-5, including what was to be the deciding run off his solo homer in the eighth.

What it means: Ramirez hung a slider, but that doesn’t take away from his fast start and it doesn’t take away from Jackson’s performance. Like Jeff Samardzija the night before, Jackson easily pitched well enough to win but the offense let him down. Once again, it wasn’t a great hitter’s night. But the Sox have pushed across enough runs to take the first two games of the series. It’s a microcosm of where they are offensively as compared to the Cubs. One is closer to a finished product, while the other is still a work in progress. Strop is not having the success he had after coming over from the Baltimore Orioles last season. He’s struggled with control and got hit hard on Tuesday.

Vizcaino promoted: Minor league pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was promoted to Double-A Tennessee on Tuesday as he continues his comeback from two years of arm problems. Vizcaino had a 1.00 ERA in nine appearances in the warmer climate of Single-A Daytona. He’s considered one of the Cubs’ top pitching prospects out of the bullpen.

Veras throws: Rehabbing pitcher Jose Veras threw an inning at Tennessee on Tuesday without giving up any runs. He’s on the disabled list with an oblique strain.

What’s next: Game 3 of the crosstown series moves to U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday, as Travis Wood (2-3, 3.35) takes on John Danks (2-2, 5.00).

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Cubs duo aware of 'sophomore jinx'

March, 6, 2011
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Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
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MESA, Ariz. -- Gordon Beckham doesn't pretend it wasn't scary. Any major league baseball player coming off a great rookie year would be lying if he said he didn't think about it.

From Mark Fidrych to Steve Sax to Joe Charboneau to Kerry Wood, the expression "Sophomore Jinx" has become almost a jinx in itself.

"When I didn't meet expectations, I kind of panicked," said Beckham of his struggles last season. "It was like 'Why am I not doing what I'm supposed to do?' "

Geovany Soto and Randy Wells place themselves in the sophomore slump club and any advice they might offer Cubs' teammates Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro, both coming off standout rookie seasons, is tempered by the fact that it's obviously not that easy.

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BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167