The Chicago Cubs bats did not show up today as they lost to the Chicago White Sox 5-0 at Wrigley Field Thursday. The White Sox gained bragging rights this year as they won the season series 4-2. White Sox rookie pitcher Carlos Torres gained his first major league win by going seven strong innings while giving up five hits, with six strikeouts, and no walks. Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster matched Torres’ performance by going 7+ innings with seven strikeouts and no earned runs but he had no help from the Cubs defense, as they recorded two errors and Dempster had three unearned runs.
Rookie Jake Fox was filling in for Derrek Lee at first base, who missed today’s game for the birth of his new baby boy. In the second inning Fox flat out missed a pick off attempt to first by Dempster, which moved Chris Getz into scoring position, who then scored on a Ramirez single. Alfonso Soriano’s error in the 8th cost the Cubs a run as well. Soriano turned an everyday fly ball from Pierzynski into a three base error allowing Gordon Beckham to score from first. Wrigley fans began to boo Soriano who’s excuse was that he slipped on the play, but manager Lou Pinellia thought he just misplayed the ball. Soriano continues to make excuses for his poor play and needs to go back to the fundamentals, learn how to judge a fly ball, and stop doing that dumb little hop before he catches fly balls.
It was not a good day for Soriano at the dish either, as he went 0-4 with three strikeouts. It seems as if Cubs fans are growing sick of Soriano and his inconsistent play as he was booed on more than one occasion today. Fox faired better at the plate, as he had a team leading two hits today, but was easily gunned down in the 7th by White Sox right fielder DeWayne Wise when he attempted to score from second on a Jeff Baker single.
The Cubs are now 10.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the central and are six games back of the Wild Card leading Colorado Rockies. It looks like baseball in Chicago will not be played in October this year with both the Cubs and White Sox playing awful baseball the past month.