Nothing worse than losing to the White Sox, except maybe banging your head against the wall over and over which is exactly what the Cubs are doing. For the second straight game against the Sox the Cubs faced a pitcher who had roughly a 6 ERA. For the second straight game they went up to the plate with absolutely no approach, swinging at everything, pitches in the zone, out of the zone, over their head, bouncing pitches. The fact that this has happened two games in a row is inexcusable on all fronts. Make an adjustment, both pitchers have struggled, why try to help them out? Anyway, Ryan Dempster finally had a rough outing as he was having trouble locating, and the Sox actually made him work, novel concept. To Dempster’s credit, he battled as usual. He ended up going six innings, he gave up four runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out three. With the loss Dempster falls to 0-2 as he sees his ERA skyrocket to 2.28.
The Cubs had nothing going all night against the Sox, at least until the 9th inning and two outs, better late than never, right? Alfonso Soriano had a great game at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI’s. I’ll be the first to admit, I come down on Soriano a lot, part because of his contract (not his fault) and his inability to play LF the right way (not really his fault). So I will be the first to say that I have been blown away by his effort this year, he’s clearly hurt, but he goes out there every game, and hustles. That could not be said of him the last two years, so it’s refreshing to see for sure. Joe Mather had the other blow for the Cubs as he was 1-for-3 at the plate with a two-run homer in the 9th. Blake Parker looked great in a 1/3rd of an inning, then he got hurt, what else is new? This team is being destroyed by injuries, add Parker to the list, hopefully it’s not that bad. Full box score and highlights after the jump.