Game Recap: White Sox 7, Cubs 6
(Editor's note: I'm still working on the best Recap graphic, just so you know. It probably won't look like this in April.)
Last night's televised game started ridiculously late, and I have a feeling that there weren't too many Chicagoans who stayed up to see the final score. We were all probably sleeping - or trying to, like in my case - when the Cubs coughed up the lead late in the game and lost on a Ben Brossard single off David Patton in the 9th.
Probably more importantly, this game may have dealt a crushing blow to Jeff Samardzija's chances of making the opening day roster as the 5th starter. He gave up 3 runs in 3 innings of work while striking out 2.
Offensively, the Cubs didn't have many problems scoring runs - especially in the middle innings when they racked up 5 of their 6. Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot both had big days, combining to go 5 for 8 with 1 RBI, 3 runs scored, a double, and a triple, although most of the damage was done against Jon Van Benschoten who probably has as much of a chance of cracking the White Sox roster as George Bell does.
The Cubs started out undefeated and are now 5-4. That's not exactly a big deal. The important thing is that the right guys put up good enough numbers to earn the roles they're capable of playing. Mike Fontenot's hitting well enough to start over Aaron Miles. Micah Hoffpauir is hitting well enough to crack the roster. Whether the Cubs win or lose in the meantime isn't so important.
Later today the Cubs will be playing the White Sox again, also on WGN. We'll have a GameCast up for you to follow along.
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