Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 8, Cubs 3
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox captured the season series against the Chicago Cubs with an 8-3 victory Wednesday, their third consecutive over their crosstown rivals.
How it happened: Gordon Beckham hit a home run for the second consecutive night and Paul Konerko delivered a three-run double as the White Sox’s productive offense returned. The White Sox average five runs a game but had scored only three per game over the previous seven contests. John Danks was back in form after giving up eight runs on Friday at Cleveland. At one point, Danks had thrown 20 strikes in a span of 21 pitches.
What it means: Not only were the White Sox hitting a collective .207 over their seven games before play Wednesday, they had a .145 average with runners in scoring position. With Beckham in the leadoff spot for the first time, they were locked in again. Although this one was more of a team affair as everybody but Adrian Nieto had a hit. It didn’t hurt that Cubs pitchers walked six batters.
Outside the box: Playing in front of a national television audience Wednesday, Jose Abreu put on a show with three hits, including doubles in his first two at-bats. The first baseman also reached into the crowd to make a catch on a foul ball. He is now batting .324 (24-for-74) with eight home runs and 21 RBIs over his past 18 games.
Offbeat: Pitching changes typically lack controversy, but Cubs manager Rick Renteria got kicked out during one in the fifth inning. After Renteria removed starter Travis Wood from the game, he had words with home-plate umpire Tom Woodring. He was likely upset over a pair of called strikes when Anthony Rizzo was at the plate in the previous half-inning. Renteria has been tossed three times already this season.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68 ERA) to the mound against the Cubs on Thursday in the finale of the two-game series and the last of the four games of the season series. The Cubs will counter with right-hander Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) in the 7:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.