They waited until the last game, but the Sox finally beat the Cubs in this three-game series by a score of 7-0. And they looked good doing it.
Gavin Floyd had one of his good games today. He went 6.1 innings and only gave up four hits and a walk. He struck out four batters as well and dropped his ERA to 5.20 while picking up his fifth win. Of the 108 pitches he threw, 72 were for strikes. His good outing was just the kind of pick-me-up the Sox probably needed.
The bullpen came on and pitched perfectly. No, really! Matt Thornton pitched 1.1 inning and struck out three of the four batters he faced. No hits and no walks. Jesse Crain faced Starlin Castro as the last out of the eighth and got him to ground out to end the inning. Will Ohman came out to pitch the ninth and had a quick 1-2-3 inning.
The Sox had some good offense too. Orlando Hudson got the night off with Eduardo Escobar at the hot corner. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. He stole second base in the third after Randy Wells walked him to lead off the inning.
Every starter except Dayan Viciedo had at least one hit. Alejandro De Aza, Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, Alex Rios, and AJ Pierzynski picked up one hit each while Alexei Ramirez picked up two. But the player who had the best night tonight was Gordon Beckham. He went 2-for-4 with four RBI. Hopefully tonight’s performance will be a big confidence booster. He’s batting .238 after tonight’s game, so here’s to Beckham getting that average higher.
Dunn had another no-K night tonight which is always a plus. He walked once and batted in one of the seven runs. De Aza picked up two walks, and Pierzynski picked up one as well. The Sox were seeing the ball well against the Cubs tonight. It would have been nice if they had seen it this well the other two games of the series, but alas, it was not so.
Unfortunately the Indians won tonight, so the Sox still sit half a game out of first place. Both teams have Thursday off, so no ground to gain or lose tomorrow. The Sox welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to town this weekend for the last interleague series of the season. If you’re a fan of really good pitching like I am, you’ll definitely want to tune in on Friday. Chris Sale faces Zack Greinke. I’m not gonna lie, this is an exciting matchup. Grienke is 7-2 with a 3.10 ERA while Sale is 8-2 with a 2.46 ERA. Two guys who pitch incredibly well are facing each other? Yes please!