CHICAGO – The Croston Cup is heading south again when the White Sox again brought brooms to Wrigley Field.
Thanks to a timely attack and strong late bullpen work, the Southern Biders beat the Cubs 4-3 on Wednesday night to sweep the Cubs into their fast-paced two-game series at Wrigley Field.
This is the second year in a row that Tony La Rousse’s team has beaten their city rival at Friendly Confines, doing so in August 2021.
This helps the White Sox retain the City Series trophy, as in 2022 they finish no worse than a draw with their rivals from the north, as there are only two competitions left between teams at Guaranteed Right Field this season.
They will be held on May 28 and 29.
Unlike a rainy, windy Monday night, the authorities ruled the day before when teams combined four homers in the first three innings when the Cubs jumped in the lead. After the first half by Jose Abreu, Homer, the Cubs worked off with a double blast by Nick Herner and a solo shot by Patrick Wiesdom to take the lead 3-1. Leuri Garcia objected to the second Homer of the Year in the third to reduce the lead to one.
The White Sox went with a smaller ball to take the lead as single Gavin Sheats equalized in the fourth, and AJ Pollock RBI’s kick put them in the lead.
Lucas Jalita worked in the sixth before the bullpen showed strong performance in the last 3 1/3 innings. Five pitchers allowed just two strokes and only one serious threat in the eighth inning, but Matt Foster closed it off by striking out Jan Happ with a draw in the third.
Liam Hendrix finished the victory in a perfect ninth place in ten fields.
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