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Monday, May 27, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 7, White Sox 0

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox were humbled 7-0 by the Chicago Cubs Monday in the opener of the Crosstown Classic at U.S. Cellular Field.

How it happened: That White Sox offense that has been threatening to come out of its shell had nothing against Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Conor Gillaspie's clean single in the third inning was the White Sox's only hit until Alexei Ramirez singled with two out in the bottom of the ninth. White Sox starter Jose Quintana was touched for four runs on four hits and three walks over six innings while facing a team that entered with the 25th best batting average in baseball against left-handers at .231.

What it means: Sure the White Sox swept the Miami Marlins over the weekend, but tight games against the team with the worst record in baseball didn’t seem to bode well moving forward. The Marlins didn’t have anybody throw like Samardzija did Monday as he handcuffed the White Sox by changing speeds and hitting his locations. Even on one of his better nights, Quintana was going to have a tough time matching his counterpart.

Outside the box: All recent trends in the series between the two teams went by the wayside as the White Sox were humbled in a matchup that had previously been kind to them. The White Sox entered having won eight of the last 11 games against the Cubs and 15 of the last 21. They had also won 10 of the last 15 games at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox are now 49-42 overall in the series and 26-20 at home. The White Sox also have a 23-22 advantage at Wrigley Field.

Off beat: It was a rough day in the field for the White Sox, who seemed to have resolved their issues on defense. Ramirez failed to cover second base on a Starlin Castro steal attempt in the first inning and Castro eventually came around to score the Cubs first run. In the seventh inning, the Cubs’ Ryan Sweeney reached first base after a strikeout and Alejandro De Aza misjudged a fly ball to the wall by Anthony Rizzo, which went for an RBI triple.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (5-2, 2.53 ERA) to the mound in the second of two games against the Cubs at U.S. Cellular. The Cubs will counter with right-hander Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.