CHICAGO -- The White Sox won Round 1 of the 2016 Crosstown Cup in walk-off fashion, 5-4, Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. It was the third straight win overall for the South Siders, who lost a four-run lead but won it on Tyler Saladino's single to center to score J.B. Shuck, who singled to open the frame. It was also the White Sox third straight walk-off victory.
"It was just one of the those moments, really. Just trying to get a job done, really," Saladino said. "That's pretty much what everything is, but it was a lot of fun, a lot of energy there and it felt really good to get that done for the guys."
With Nate Jones and David Robertson out of action due to recent usage, the Cubs scored two in the ninth against Matt Albers and Dan Jennings to tie the game. Anthony Rizzo delivered the game-tying single.
Miguel González started for the White Sox and allowed two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking two. His only blemish came in the seventh when Miguel Montero doubled and Javier Báez homered.
But that uprising cut the lead in half. The White Sox grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third on Adam Eaton's run-scoring single against Jake Arrieta and took control in the sixth by really making Arrieta work. Tim Anderson struck out on a 10-pitch at-bat, followed by Melky Cabrera's walk and José Abreu's single. Todd Frazier then connected on an 0-1 pitch after Justin Morneau struck out, giving him 29 homers for the season.
"It's obvious I just need to execute better there," Arrieta said of the pitch to Frazier. "I threw him a first-pitch cutter. I need to be more expanded with that pitch. It was middle-middle, and he's in a situation where he's expecting balls in the strike zone, and you have to tip your cap -- he put a good swing on it. It really came down to that pitch and not being able to execute it the way I needed to." More >
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Gonzalez's escape act: The Cubs had runners on second and third with two outs in the sixth following Willson Contreras' infield single and Jason Heyward's double, leaving Addison Russell with the chance to drive in the go-ahead runs. But Gonzalez struck out Russell looking to maintain the 1-0 advantage.
"I've thrown some good games," Gonzalez said. "Changing speeds, I think that helped early with the breaking pitches and all that. We made some great plays out there. I tip my hat to the guys. We played a really hard game today."
Melky saves a run:Kris Bryant would have had home run No. 26 in the first inning if not for Cabrera's great defensive play in left. Bryant lofted the first pitch he saw from Gonzalez toward the White Sox bullpen, but Cabrera moved back toward the wall, stretched over the fence and took the home run away. More >
"I'm revoking Melky Cabrera's membership at my wife's gym in Tampa officially after today," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "He went over the wall, he made two great throws."
Easy over: With one out in the Cubs' third, Baez singled and reached second when Eaton overran the ball in right field for an error. One out later, Bryant singled and made a wide turn at first. Baez tried to score, and was thrown out at the plate, although he wasn't tagged immediately and tried to scramble to touch home. Baez found an easier way to score in the seventh. Montero doubled to lead off, and Baez followed with his 10th home run to pull within 4-2.
Rally caps: Trailing 4-2 in the ninth, Baez doubled to lead off, stole third and then scored on Dexter Fowler's single. Bryant singled and tried to stretch his hit but was thrown out at second. Jennings entered for the White Sox, and Rizzo greeted him with an RBI single to tie the score at 4. Contreras singled, but Jennings struck out Heyward to end the inning.
Bryant walked off the field slowly but Maddon said he was OK.
"Cabrera gets in the corner, he throws the ball, and it looked like [he was] flat-footed, right on the money and [Bryant] is out," Maddon said. "If that ball is off line just a skosh, he's safe. That's a great throw from left field. That's one of those aggressive moments. I would never say [Bryant] did anything wrong. Give the defense credit -- they made a great play."
"We played well, we played really well. They just beat us today on a home run and they made some defensive plays. I think it's important always to truly evaluate what you saw and, not just because you lost, denigrate people because of that. We played really well today and [Arrieta] pitched well." -- Maddon
"It's just a lot of fun to play against them, It's for Chicago. Everybody comes out for this, I imagine most people wait for this kind of series. It's an honor to be a part of. It's a lot of fun. Everybody comes out ready and there's a lot of energy out here. It's an exciting series." -- Saladino
"I remember talking to Saladino during a pitching change and he said, 'Is this how playoffs are?' And I said, 'It's like this, bud, but it's louder and every pitch is scrutinized.' It's a little better, but we're right there on path."-- Frazier
In the fourth, the Cubs had runners at first and second with one out when Heyward hit a grounder to Saladino, who flipped to Anderson for the force at second. Anderson threw to first to get Heyward, who was called out, but the Cubs challenged the call, and after a review, it was overturned.
Cubs:Kyle Hendricks will start the second game of the intracity series, and maybe being in Chicago will help. He's 2-5 with a 3.63 ERA in eight road starts compared to 7-1 with a 1.36 ERA at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CT.
White Sox:James Shields makes his 10th start as a member of the White Sox rotation. Shields is 2-3 with a 2.10 ERA over his last 34 1/3 innings covering five starts.
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