CHICAGO – In a surprise to many people, the distance between the of the two teams at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday afternoon wasn’t that great.
Coming into the contest, the Cubs had just two fewer losses than the White Sox so far in 2019, with the gap between wins at six in the north sider’s favor. Considering what happened to the south siders in 2018, and a few injuries suffered to key players in the rebuild, that’s saying quite a bit for a group that is slowly finding its groove as the summer comes along.
On Sunday, the White Sox continued to make that gap a little bit closer, as two of their sluggers pulled them to even for the 2019 City Series.
Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Jose Abreu added a solo shot an inning later, which coupled with strong pitching helped to power the White Sox to a 3-1 win Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.
With the win, the four-game series between Chicago’s two teams finishes even at 2-2, with the White Sox taking a 42-44 record to the All-Star Break. To put that in perspective, the White Sox hit the break in 2018 with a 33-62 mark.
Meanwhile, the Cubs sit at 47-43 for the first half of the season having lost six of their last nine games before the break.
Two storylines for the White Sox continued on Sunday when it comes to facing their rivals, including the player that flipped sides of it two years ago. Eloy Jimenez, who hit the game-winning ninth inning homer against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in the first City Series game of 2019, gave the White Sox the lead with a 438-foot, two-run blast in the fourth inning of Kyle Hendricks.
Those ended up being the winning runs, though Jose Abreu added a solo shot off Brad Brach in the fifth to extend the lead to three.
Ivan Nova would be the second repeat storyline for the White Sox against the Cubs. Struggling for most of the season, Nova has saved his best for the north siders, holding them to one run in five innings in the June 18th win then no runs in 5 2/3 on Sunday.
Aaron Bummer would allow the only run of the day to the Cubs – a solo homer by Robel Garcia in the 7th – but he along with Alex Colome shut the door after that. Bummer worked through the 8th with just the one run and Colome needed just eight pitches to pick up his 20th save of the season.
So another City Series ends for another year, doing so in a tie for the seventh time and third time in the last five years. The Cubs and White Sox go their separate ways, though they’re not as distant in record as they’ve been in the past.