Chicago Sports News: 5/22/17


Chicago Cubs 4 – San Francisco Giants 6

Highlights:  Joe Panik hit his first career leadoff homer and doubled twice, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 6-4 victory against the Chicago Cubs. Brandon Belt also connected and Ty Blach (2-2) pitched into the eighth inning in the first meeting between the teams since San Francisco was eliminated by Chicago in the NL Division Series last year. Panik, Belt and Justin Ruggiano each had two RBI as the streaking Giants won for the eighth time in 10 games. The Cubs responded with four in the bottom half on two-run homers by Javier Baez (finished with 3 hits) and Ben Zobrist. But the rally stalled from there. With one out and runners on first and second, Hunter Strickland got Willson Contreras to bounce into an inning-ending double play. Mark Melancon then worked the ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.


Chicago White Sox 1 – Arizona Diamondbacks 5

Highlights:  Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 12 and came within one out of a complete game as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Monday night. The ace right-hander gave up four hits and improved to 5-0 in his last six starts. Daniel Descalso hit a three-run homer with two outs in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. Greinke’s final strikeout, of Yolmer Sanchez, was with a 65 mph curveball; the scoreboard called it an eephus pitch. Greinke said he tried to throw the same pitch earlier but it was a little too hard and it wound up being hit for a home run by Leury Garcia. Paul Goldschmidt added a solo shot for the Diamondbacks during their sixth victory in seven games.


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