Rapid Reaction: Cubs 8, White Sox 2
July, 8, 2013
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox came home in the middle of their road trip for a makeup game only to get thumped 8-2 on Monday by the Chicago Cubs.
How it happened: Josh Phegley provided a spark in his third career game, hitting a home run and picking a runner off first base, but the White Sox couldn’t avoid the season sweep at the hands of their cross-town rivals. The Sox lost three games to the Cubs in late May and Monday’s interleague contest was a makeup game for a May 28 rainout. White Sox reliever Matt Thornton recorded one out in the eighth inning while giving up three runs.
What it means: The White Sox were swept by the Cubs in the season series for the first time since the teams each played host to games in their park in the same year. The Cubs had a three-game sweep in 1998 with the teams only playing in Wrigley Field that year. After playing a pair of three-game series each of the last 14 seasons, the series was reduced to a pair of two-game series this year. The best any team did while playing six games against each other in a season was in 2007 when the Cubs went 5-1.
Outside the box: It didn’t take Phegley long to earn a comparison to former White Sox middle-of-the-order mainstay Magglio Ordonez. With a home run in his second and third career game, Phegley became the quickest White Sox rookie to hit home runs in back-to-back games since Ordonez also did it in his second and third games.
Off beat: First the game was delayed by rain 29 minutes, then it was delayed when Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza walked across the field in the top of the first inning. After preparing for his outing in the bullpen, Garza decided to walk from the right-field bullpen and across the outfield while his team was batting in the first inning. The game was delayed briefly as players from both teams watched Garza make his grand entrance.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.69 ERA) to the mound Tuesday at Detroit in the opener of a three-game series. The Tigers will counter with right-hander Justin Verlander (9-5, 3.54) in the 6:05 p.m. CST start from Comerica Park.