White Sox Sweep Cubs in 1st Half of 2012 Crosstwon Classic – Wrigley Field 5/20/12

Posted on 21 May 2012 by Lou

The 1st half of the 2012 Crosstown Classic between the Cubs and White Sox was simply brutal for the North Siders.  In a rare and fun Saturday night contest at Wrigley Field,the White Sox blanked the Cubs for the game’s first 8 innings amassing a comfortable 7-0 lead behind 3 Sox home runs.  The Cubs avoided the shutout when Alfonso Soriano and Joe Mather hit 2 run home runs in the 9th inning.  But it was too little too late.  Ryan Dempster suffered the loss, falling to 0-2 on the season, despite strong individual numbers – 1.06 WHIP, 2.28 ERA, 44 K’s against just 14 walks.

On Sunday, needing a win to avoid the sweep, the Cubs curled up under the favorite blankie and laid an egg against Jake Peavy.  The White Sox cruised to an easy 6-0 victory behind Peavy and 3 more Sox home runs and a 10-hit barrage against Paul Maholm.  On a 90-degree day with the wind blowing straight out of the park in every direction, the Cubs managed just 5 hits and NO runs.  How is that even possible?!

It keeps getting uglier and uglier for the Cubs.  Now it seems all but a certainty that Theo & Co. will move Matt Garaza and any other chip (Dempster, Maholm) in any attempt to get cheaper and younger.

With the sweep the Cubs fell to 15-25 overall and they trail the Cards and Reds by a full 7 games in the NL Central race.

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