Both the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox were victorious over the weekend after the North Siders earned a 5-1 victory on Saturday, May 28, and the South Siders overcame a one run deficit for a 5-4 win in extra innings on Sunday, May 29.
In Game 1 of the two-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field, Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner led the club with three hits in four at bats, while pitcher Keegan Thompson shutdown Sox hitters with four strikeouts, one earned run in five innings pitched.
The Cubs also received help from power slugging third baseman Patrick Wisdom, who smashed an RBI double to right field, scoring Christopher Morel for an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Wisdom’s hit was followed by an RBI single from Frank “the Tank” Schwindel, who gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead over Sox’s hot starting pitcher Johnny Cueto. Although Cueto has been hot lately, the patience of Cubs hitters paid huge dividends after scoring three more runs in both the second and seventh inning of Saturday’s game.
Final Score: Cubs 5, Sox 1.
With the win, the Cubs improved to 19-26 on the season. White Sox hitter Jake Burger homered to left center field for the team’s only run of the game. Burger’s home run on Saturday would travel 424 feet in distance.
In Game 2 of the Crosstown Classic series on Sunday, May 29, the White Sox offense scored five runs in 12 innings for the team’s 23rd win of the season. The Sox finished Sunday’s game with 10 hits, including a RBI game winning single by third baseman Jake Burger.
Final Score: Sox 5, Cubs 4.
Burger finished the series with four hits and two runs batted in. His production kept the Sox close in both games.
Chicago Crusader Players of The Game:
Game 1: Nico Hoerner, Cubs, 3 hits
Keegan Thompson, Cubs, 5.0 innings pitched, 4 strikeouts and one earned run.
Game 2: Jake Burger, White Sox, game winning RBI.
Cubs’ offense scored 4 runs in Game 2.
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.