Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, May 8th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Cubs (11-21) at Chicago White Sox (18-17), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cubs - Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00)
White Sox - Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs swept their four-game season series
with the White Sox a year ago.
Now the White Sox will try to do the same on Thursday, as the Windy City
rivals wrap up a four-game home-and-home set at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox won the first two legs of this matchup at Wrigley Field earlier
in the week then secured the Crosstown Cup on Wednesday, as Gordon Beckham and
Paul Konerko each drove in three runs, while Beckham homered for the second
straight game in an 8-3 win.
Jose Abreu had three hits with two runs scored and he and Konerko both doubled
twice in the fourth straight White Sox triumph. The winning streak comes on
the heels of four consecutive losses.
All eight Sox runs came in the first five innings against Travis Wood (2-4),
who went four-plus and yielded eight hits and five walks with just three
Wood's counterpart John Danks (3-2) did his job for the White Sox, holding the
crosstown rivals to three runs on four hits while fanning eight over six
"I was able to stay a little more within myself and for that I had better
control," said Danks, referring to his last start where he was touched for
eight runs on 10 hits in a loss at Cleveland.
The White Sox bullpen continued to impress, as it stretched its scoreless
innings streak to 20 1/3 frames. The group hasn't allowed a hit in the last
seven frames and has pitched to a 0.48 ERA over the last 11 games.
Getting the call for the White Sox on Thursday will be righty Scott Carroll,
who is 1-1 and has allowed just one earned run in 13 1/3 innings of two
starts. Carroll lost to Cleveland on Saturday, as he surrendered two unearned
runs and five hits in six innings.
"He knows how to pitch," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Sometimes guys
don't throw 95 (mph), but somehow it just seems to jump on them. He's done
great. It's been impressive to see him come in here and take a shot at it,
grab a hold of it."
The Cubs, who have lost four in a row, will turn to righty Jake Arrieta, who
will be making his second start of the season. Arrieta returned from a bout of
shoulder tightness and received a no-decision against St. Louis on Saturday,
despite scattering four hits in 5 1/3 scoreless frames of his team's 3-0 win.
He also struck out seven batters.
"I thought he maintained his strength throughout," Cubs manager Rick Renteria
said of Arrieta. "Coming back from such an extended recovery, we were going to
make sure we took care of him."
Arrieta is 1-1 with a 5.17 ERA in three starts against the White Sox.
The White Sox have won three consecutive games against the Cubs for the first
time since May 5-18, 2012.
05/08 10:28:13 ET