Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 7-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.
How it happened: A combination of solid pitching and timely hitting led the Cubs to an easy victory. They put up runs in four different innings, including two on a home run by Julio Borbon in the fifth. Alfonso Soriano had run-scoring singles in the first and seventh innings while an Anthony Rizzo triple drove in two more. Scott Hairston had the other run batted in on a sacrifice fly. Meanwhile, Jeff Samardzija mowed down the Sox, giving up one hit and one walk over the first eight innings, and two hits and two walks overall. He retired 14 of the final 16 batters to record the complete game shutout.
What it means: The Cubs listened to general manager Jed Hoyer before the game when he lamented their woes against left-handed starters and their general impatience at the plate. The Cubs took care of business in the batter’s box while Samardzija did his part on the mound. He had everything working and maybe what was best about his start was his pitch count. He had quick innings and pitched to contact, though he did have seven strikeouts. He didn’t reach triple digits in pitches until the ninth inning.
Outside the box: The Cubs' top four hitters went 9-for-18 with six runs batted in. Soriano had three hits.
What’s next: Game 2 of the series comes Tuesday on the South Side when Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11 ERA) faces Chris Sale (5-2, 2.53) in a 7:10 CT start.