CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 7-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday.
How it happened: White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd had his best outing in over a month, allowing four hits and no runs in 6 1/3 innings. Floyd had given up 35 runs over his previous six starts. Floyd’s offense was able to help him by getting to Cubs starter Randy Wells early. Wells lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed five hits, three runs and four walks. The White Sox scored three runs over the first four innings and added three more runs on a three-run home run by Gordon Beckham in the sixth inning. Beckham had four RBIs, which matched his single-game career high.
What it means: The White Sox won the BP Crosstown Cup for the second consecutive year, taking four out of six games from the Cubs. The White Sox also prevented being swept for the first time this season. The Cleveland Indians won Wednesday and remained a ½ game ahead of the White Sox in the American League Central.
Outside the box (White Sox): White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy recently raised $52,000 for pancreatic cancer research with a ticket raffle. Terry and Lynn Iker from Arlington Heights, Ill. won the raffle, which included tickets to Tuesday’s game, lunch with Peavy, a shopping spree, limo service and a suite for Wednesday’s game. Peavy created the raffle in honor on his friend and former San Diego Padres coach Darrel Akerfelds, who is fighting pancreatic cancer.
Outside the box (Cubs): Before left-hander Scott Maine coughed up a three-run home run to Beckham in the sixth inning, Cubs relievers had delivered six scoreless innings in the series. It was the first time the Cubs’ bullpen had put together consecutive scoreless games on the road since June 1-2 at San Francisco, which was actually part of a four-game scoreless stretch. Before the recent six-inning scoreless run, the bullpen had a 6.42 ERA over the previous 11 games.
Play of the game: White Sox third baseman Eduardo Escobar dove for a groundball down the third-base line, snagged it, stood up and threw out the Cubs’ Darwin Barney at first base in the second inning.
Up next: The White Sox have Thursday off before beginning a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday. The Cubs also have Thursday off and will play the Arizona Diamondbacks on the road on Friday.