Sunday, July 3, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 3, White Sox 1
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Despite the 3-1 defeat to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, the Chicago White Sox won the season series 4-2 and have won the last six series overall between the crosstown rivals.
How it happened: For the first time in four games, the White Sox were unable to put together a late Juan Pierre-led rally. Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez kept the White Sox off balance and Carlos Marmol closed out the victory. Mark Teahen had two hits and scored the lone White Sox run on a wild pitch. Gavin Floyd was solid, but gave up three runs in a span of three batters in the fourth inning.
What it means: The sweep would have been preferred, but the White Sox will take two out of three in a series every time if given the chance. Winning series this upcoming week will be even more important as the White Sox get back to division play with home series against the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins. The White Sox’s six AL Central victories this season are the lowest number of division wins of anybody in baseball.
Outside the box: After failing to strike out a batter in his last start at Colorado, Floyd struck out eight in Sunday’s defeat, tied for his second highest total of the season.
What’s next: Left-hander Mark Buehrle (6-5, 3.65 ERA) takes on the Royals on Monday. He will be opposed by Kansas City left-hander Jeff Francis (3-9, 4.79) in the 6:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.