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Chicago Sports News: 6/22/18

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Chicago White Sox 2 – Oakland Athletics 11  (Game 1 of DH)

Highlights:  Franklin Barreto hit a pair of three-run homers and the Oakland Athletics won their season-high fifth in a row, pounding the Chicago White Sox 11-2 Friday in the first game of a doubleheader. He connected against James Shields (2-9) to cap a four-run second inning and off Luis Avilan in the eighth . Barreto’s first career multihomer game gave him a personal-best six RBI. Sean Manaea (7-6) went seven innings, allowing one run and five hits. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out seven without a walk in winning his second straight start. Shields has dropped back-to-back outings after beating Cleveland for his first victory since opening day. The right-hander gave up eight runs, two earned, and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.


Chicago White Sox 6 – Oakland Athletics 4  (Game 2 of DH)

Highlights:  Lucas Giolito pitched into the eighth inning before Xavier Cedeno worked out of a jam, and Chicago snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating the Oakland Athletics 6-4 Friday night to salvage a doubleheader split. The White Sox bounced back after getting pounded 11-2 behind a pair of three-run homers by Franklin Barreto. They stopped their worst skid since a nine-game rut last July and ended Oakland’s season-high win streak at five. Chicago was sailing along with a 5-2 lead when Giolito gave up back-to-back singles to Dustin Fowler and Marcus Semien to start the eighth. Jace Fry came in and walked pinch-hitter Stephen Piscotty to load the bases before Chris Volstad gave up a two-run single to Khris Davis, cutting it to 5-4. Cedeno then got Matt Olson to line to shortstop Tim Anderson and struck out Mark Canha before Chad Pinder grounded into a force. Joakim Soria retired all three batters in the ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities. Giolito (5-7) allowed four runs and seven hits in a rare home win.


Chicago Cubs 3 – Cincinnati Reds 6

Highlights:  Eugenio Suarez hit a go-ahead homer off Jose Quintana in the fifth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds held on for their fifth straight victory Friday night, 6-3 over the Chicago Cubs. The Reds have won the first two games in the series, a recent rarity in the rivalry. It’s only the second time in the last two years that they’ve won back-to-back games in a series against the Cubs. Chicago is 43-21 against Cincinnati over the last four seasons. Suarez’s two-run shot in the fifth inning off Quintana (6-6) gave him a team-high 16 homers and put the Reds ahead 4-3. Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto also singled home runs off Quintana, who had allowed only six earned runs in his last four starts combined. Suarez also singled twice and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games, the longest by a Reds third baseman since Todd Frazier hit in 14 straight in 2014. Javier Baez drove in a run with a bunt single off Luis Castillo (5-8), and Kyle Schwarber followed with a two-run homer, his third in four games. Castillo went 5 2/3 innings for his first victory since May 24, ending a streak of four straight losses. Raisel Iglesias retired the side in the ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo went a combined 0 for 8 with three strikeouts as Chicago’s offense struggled. The Cubs have been held to three runs or less in five of their last six games.


Chicago Sky 77 – Washington Mystics 93

Highlights:  Elena Delle Donne scored 22 of her 30 points in the first half in the Washington Mystics’ 93-77 victory over the Chicago Sky on Friday night. Delle Donne added 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Kristi Tolliver scored 13 points, all in the first half, and Monique Currie added 11 for the Mystics (8-5). Delle Donne scored nine points over the first 4 1/2 minutes as Washington opened a 16-6 lead and Tolliver sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a jumper by Chicago’s Jamierra Faulkner to make it 30-19 at the end of the first quarter. Monique Currie and Delle Donne hit back-to-back 3s to push the lead to 23 points late in the second quarter and Tolliver added another trey to give the Mystics their biggest lead at 64-39 going into the break. The Sky (3-9) outscored Washington 26-12 in the third quarter and used an 8-2 run early in the fourth to make it 80-74 after Kahleah Copper‘s layup with 6:36 to play but got no closer. Allie Quigley scored 21 points and Stefanie Dolson, playing for the first time since May 25 due to a hamstring injury, added 13 points in 15 minutes of action for Chicago. The Sky have lost six in a row.


WNBA Scores: 6/22/18

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  • Connecticut Sun 70 – Atlanta Dream 75
  • Los Angeles Sparks 72 – Dallas Wings 101
  • Washington Mystics 93 – Chicago Sky 77  (See Chicago Sports News)
  • Indiana Fever 63 – Seattle Storm 72
  • New York Liberty 78 – Las Vegas Aces 88
  • Minnesota Lynx 83 – Phoenix Mercury 72

Chicago Sports News: 6/19/18

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Chicago White Sox 3 – Cleveland Indians 6

Highlights:  Mike Clevinger has become a vital member of the Cleveland Indians’ rotation. Clevinger struck out 10 and allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings, and Cleveland beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Tuesday night. Clevinger (6-2) beat Chicago for the third time this season and was in command after giving up a first-inning run. He retired 13 straight between the second and sixth while allowing five hits. Clevinger was pulled after two walks in the eighth. He has held Chicago to three earned runs in 21 1/3 innings over three starts. Francisco Lindor‘s two-run single was the key hit in the second when Cleveland scored four times. Yonder Alonso, Michael Brantley and Edwin Encarnacion also drove in runs for the Indians. Yoan Moncada had a two-run double with two outs in the ninth off Zach McAllister. Second baseman Erik Gonzalez booted Yolmer Sanchez‘s ground ball putting two runners on. Cody Allen retired Jose Abreu on fly ball for his 15th save in 16 chances. Cleveland improved to 16-4 in its past 20 home games against Chicago. Carlos Rodon (0-2) allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander made his third start of the season after having shoulder surgery in August.


Chicago Cubs 3 – Los Angeles Dodgers 4  (Game 1 of DH)

Highlights:  Pinch-hitting with two outs in the ninth, Kyle Farmer doubled sharply down the left-field line to drive in two runs, and Los Angeles came back to edge the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Tuesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Farmer lined a 2-2 pitch from Justin Wilson into the corner after Wilson had walked pinch-hitter Austin Barnes and Justin Turner singled. Farmer is batting just .238 for the season, but is 6 for 16 with two doubles off the bench. Farmer started the season with the Dodgers, but was sent to Triple-A on May 13. Since his recall last Friday, he had only one at-bat before Tuesday. But Farmer came through with his third game-winning RBI this season.
Joc Pederson led off the game with solo shot and Yasiel Puig drove in a run with a bloop double in a rematch of the last two NL Championship Series. Kris Bryant doubled twice and drove in two runs. Anthony Rizzo added an RBI single for Chicago.
Edward Paredes (2-0), the fifth of six Dodgers relievers, got one out in the eighth to earn the win.


Chicago Cubs 2 – Los Angeles Dodgers 1  (Game 2 of DH)

Highlights:  Albert Almora Jr. got even. So did the Chicago Cubs.
Almora hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Tuesday night to salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader. Kris Bryant sparked the winning rally with a leadoff triple against Brock Stewart (0-1). After Javier Baez was walked intentionally, Almora hit a liner into right field. Rob Zastryzny (1-0), the fifth Cubs reliever, got Yasmani Grandal to fly out with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th to earn the win. The Dodgers jumped in front in the nightcap on Austin Barnes‘ RBI single in the sixth. But the Cubs tied it on Kyle Schwarber‘s 13th homer, a drive to right against Erik Goeddel in the seventh. Los Angeles wasted an impressive return for Rich Hill, who pitched six innings of three-hit ball in his first major league start in a month. Mike Montgomery kept Chicago in the game with six effective innings, yielding one run and five hits.


Chicago Sky 60 – Washington Mystics 88

Highlights:  Kristi Toliver had 19 points and eight assists to help the Washington Mystics beat the Chicago Sky 88-60 on Tuesday night.
The Mystics (7-5) opened the second half with a 17-2 run to go ahead 63-34 shortly after the midpoint of the third quarter. They extended to their largest lead at 86-53 in the middle of the fourth. Elena Delle Donne added 14 points for Washington, which first pulled away in the second quarter with 13 straight points to lead by 16. The Mystics came into the game losing four of five, Cheyenne Parker had 18 points and Kahleah Copper scored 13 for the Sky (3-8), who lost their fifth in a row. Both teams will travel to Chicago for the second half of a home-and-home on Friday night.

WNBA Scores: 6/19/18

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  • Chicago Sky 60 – Washington Mystics 88  (See Chicago Sports News)
  • Atlanta Dream 72 – New York Liberty 79
  • Dallas Wings 83 – Minnesota Lynx 91
  • Indiana Fever 55 – Los Angeles Sparks 74
  • Las Vegas Aces 89 – Seattle Storm 77

Chicago Sports News: 6/17/18

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Chicago White Sox 1 – Detroit Tigers 3

Highlights:  Nicholas Castellanos homered and Blaine Hardy pitched one-run ball into the sixth, leading the Tigers over the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Sunday for their fifth straight win. Hardy (3-1) allowed one run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He has given up two runs or less in six of his seven starts, the first starts of his five-year career. Jose Iglesias added an RBI single as Detroit improved to 8-1 against the White Sox this season, including 6-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Castellanos homered twice on Saturday and connected again in his first at-bat Sunday. Before Saturday, he was mired in a 1-for-21 slump over the previous five games. Matt Davidson hit his 12th homer and Kevan Smith had two hits for Chicago, which has dropped four straight. James Shields (2-8) allowed three runs on six hits in six-plus innings. Shields walked Jeimer Candelario with one out in the first and Castellanos followed with a homer.


Chicago Cubs 0 – St. Louis Cardinals 5

Highlights:  John Brebbia pitched in 70 major league games before earning his first career win. When the wait was over, the individual accomplishment was an afterthought compared to the exhilaration of stopping his team’s archrival from earning its first sweep in nearly eight years at Busch Stadium. Jack Flaherty and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Matt Carpenter homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Sunday night. Brebbia (1-1) worked around two hits in a scoreless sixth inning to earn his first major league win. Austin Gomber, Jordan Hicks and Bud Norris each pitched a hitless inning to finish the shutout. It ended the Cardinals’ season-high four-game losing streak and prevented the Cubs from getting their first series sweep in St. Louis since Sept. 13-15, 2010. Flaherty allowed just two hits while striking out seven in five innings, but he walked three and hit two batters and was pulled after throwing 97 pitches. He escaped a jam in the third inning when he struck out Kris Bryant with the bases loaded to keep the game scoreless. Harrison Bader, Tommy Pham, and Marcell Ozuna each singled to open the sixth inning and load the bases. Pham’s single extended his hitting streak to a National League-best 11 games to chase Jose Quintana (6-5) from the game.


Chicago Sky 72 – Los Angeles Sparks 81

Highlights:  Chelsea Gray scored 21 while Nneka Ogwumike added 20 points and 11 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Chicago Sky 81-72 on Sunday night. Candace Parker added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Sparks (8-2), who won their fourth straight and stayed atop the WNBA standings. The Sparks opened the third quarter with a 16-2 run to lead 55-35 on Gray’s free throws with 4:59 left in the period. Los Angeles kept the lead between 15 and 20 until a late Chicago run closed the deficit to nine in the final two minutes. The Sky (3-7) led 27-18 early in the second quarter, but the Sparks rallied with 21 straight points and led 39-33 at halftime. Jamierra Faulkner had 19 points for the Sky, who lost their fourth straight.