July 9, 2013 by Ryan S
Matt Garza (5-1, 3.22 ERA) pitched great again and the Cubs (39-48) had a huge 8th inning against the White Sox (34-52) to sweep the Crosstown Cup and win their third consecutive game.
Garza continues to elevate his trade value (or extension contract money) by pitching consistently and just dominantly. Yesterday, he allowed just one earned run on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. Blake Parker and James Russell combined for two innings of perfect baseball to finish off the White Sox.
The Cubs, whose offense looked anemic up until the 8th inning, put up five runs and batted around in the 8th, with the inning beginning and ending with Anthony Rizzo. Unfortunately for Rizzo, he made both the first and last outs of the inning.
Alfonso Soriano continued his tear hitting his 13th homer of the season, which was also his sixth in the past 10 games. In that stretch, Fonz is hitting .381 with 16 RBI in that stretch. It is also worth noting that he stole not one but two bases against the Sox last night, and he has 10 this season for the first time since 2008. By the way, his trade value is skyrocketing as well.
The Cubs begin a two game set against the Los Angeles Angels tonight at Wrigley field at 7:05 PM CT. Cubs All-Star Travis Wood (5-6, 2.69 ERA) takes the hill against Joe Blanton (2-10, 5.14 ERA). Go Cubs!