Here’s another fun fact about today’s game:
The White Sox, who have made a couple of big pre-deadline trades including the one that sent Jose Quintana to the Cubs, have lost nine games in a row and been outscored in that span 54-24.
I’m sure you won’t mind if the Cubs continue the Sox on that skid over the next four days.
Here are today’s particulars.
Heyward RF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Contreras C, Schwarber LF, Zobrist 2B, Jay CF, Baez SS, Hendricks P
White Sox lineup:
Cabrera LF, Moncada 2B, Abreu 1B, Garcia RF, Davidson 3B, Anderson SS, Engel CF, Smith C, Gonzalez P
Kyle Hendricks vs. Miguel Gonzalez
Considering that the finger injury he had kept Kyle Hendricks out for six weeks, it’s amazing he threw as well as he did for the season’s first two months. Seven of his 11 starts could be rated “good” or better, and he went at least five innings in all but one of those 11 starts.
He last faced the Sox July 26, 2016 on the South Side. He allowed three runs in 5⅔ innings, but of the nine hitters in that lineup, six are no longer with the White Sox. Hopefully, the Sox now being in a full-blown rebuild will be a good return to the rotation for Kyle.
Like Kyle Hendricks, Miguel Gonzalez spent several weeks on the DL recently with shoulder issues, just coming off for his last start July 18 against the Dodgers, where he threw six innings and allowed just one run.
His last start vs. the Cubs was a good one, July 25, 2016 on the South Side. He allowed two runs in 6⅔ innings. Javier Baez homered off him that night.
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