Cubs Knock Sox Into Second Place, Close in on Sweep

I said it yesterday and will say it again today, nothing is better than beating the Sox, especially when you knock them out of first place in doing so.  Not to mention how much fun it is to watch Jake Peavy throw tantrums on the mound and AJ Pierzynski act like a five-year old in the box on their way to a gracious defeat.  This one was much different from last nights game as pitching took center stage.  Both Travis Wood and Jake Peavy were superb with Peavy pitching a complete game but getting a loss for his efforts.  Wood was outstanding for the Cubs going six strong innings giving up one run on four hits while waking four and striking out five.  Wood earned his first victory of the 2012 season, and his first victory as a member of the Chicago Cubs, he lowered his ERA to a very respectable 4.14.  David DeJesus was the hero for the Cubs as he laced a two run single in the third inning to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead which is how this one ended.  DeJesus was 2-for-4 on the night with a triple, and two RBI’s, nice to see DeJesus have a good night after struggling recently.  Tony Campana also had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-3, Campana is a real weapon when he hits ninth, gives the Cubs two lead-off hitters.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Cubs bullpen tonight, they did an outstanding job closing this game out after Wood departed after the sixth.  Rubber arm Sean Camp, James Russell and Carlos Marmol shut the door on the Sox, yes Carlos Marmol.  Marmol is now 2-for-2 in save opportunities since regaining “control” of the closer role.  The Cubs go for the sweep and a little revenge tomorrow night.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Cubs Play Long Ball, Destroy White Sox

Regardless of where the teams are in the standings it is always fun to beat the White Sox, especially the way the Cubs did tonight.  For the first time in what seems like forever the Cubs were on the right side of a blow out as the Cubs pounded out five home runs en route to a 12-3 victory.  The Cubs jumped on Zach Stewart early as they got two runs in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.  It didn’t stop there, for once, as the Cubs scored three more in the fifth to make it 5-o.  As it always is with this team you never when you can relax, as illustrated by the Sox mini rally.  The Sox got one back in the bottom of the 5th to make it 5-1 and plated two more in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-3.  That’s as close as the Sox would get as the Cubs would have a huge seventh inning as they scored six times on five hits including a three run shot from Luis Valbuena to make it 12-3 and that’s how it would end.

Matt Garza didn’t need too much help as he pitched very well on a tough night to do so.  It was a very hot and windy night which made the Cell play smaller than it actually is, but Garza limited the damage.  Garza went six strong innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six.  Every Cubs player had at least one hit in the blow out win.  Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena each had three hits on the night, with Castro belting a two run homer and Valbuena hitting a three run shot for good measure.  Bryan LaHair, Alfonso Soriano, and Geovany Soto all had two hits, and all three guys hit home runs as well.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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