White Sox top #Cubs 1-0 in crosstown opener
Emilio Bonifacio scored the only run the White Sox needed on pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck’s sac fly in the eighth for a 1-0 Interleague victory Friday over the Cubs. Hector Rondon hit Bonifacio with a pitch to open the eighth, and he then stole second and moved up on Adam Eaton’s sacrifice before scoring.
Kyle Hendricks extended his scoreless inning streak to a career-high 22 1/3 innings with seven scoreless on Friday. He did not get a decision, but heads into the All-Star break on a nice roll. The key? Hendricks said he’s just keeping it simple.
“[I’m using] that mindset and mentality of taking it one pitch at a time and just making good pitches,” Hendricks said. “I’m trying not to do too much and simplifying everything.”
The Cubs did hit into five double plays, the first time they’ve done that in a game since Sept. 4, 2007, against the Dodgers.
Cubs starting pitchers now have allowed two or fewer runs in 11 straight games for the first time in franchise history since 1914. The starters have a 1.19 ERA in that stretch.
— Carrie Muskat