All signs on Sunday seemed to point towards a high scoring game. Gavin Floyd has struggled against the Cubs (35-50) in his career and veteran Rodrigo Lopez had an ERA of 38.35 in his previous starts against the Sox (42-43). Lopez was able to get over his previous struggles holding the White Sox to just two infield hits in his seven innings of work and lead the Cubs to a 3-1 Victory.
Runs were hard to come by in the series finale between the Sox and Cubs. The Cubs were able to score three in the fourth inning after a triple by Starlin Castro and a two-run homer by Aramis Ramirez. The White Sox did threaten in the 8th, but only were able to get one across as the Cubs were able to salvage one game in the series.
Rodrigo Lopez picked a great day to earn his first win as a Cub. Lopez (1-2) went seven innings and allowed no runs on just two infield singles. Carlos Marmol got the last four outs to earn his 17th save of the season.
Gavin Floyd took the loss for the Sox. Floyd (6-8) went seven innings and allowed three runs on seven hits.
The White Sox took the season series 4-2 and finished interleague play with an 11-7 record. The Cubs ended interleague play with a 5-10 record.
The White Sox will return home Monday for a series against the Royals while the Cubs will travel to our Nationals Capital to begin a series with the Nationals.
No matter what kind of season the White Sox are having one thing is certain, they are going to have success in interleague play. Heading into the series finale with the Cubs on Sunday the 2011 Sox are 5-1 in their six interleague series. The only series loss coming to the Washington Nationals last week. It might be time for the Sox to file a petition to switch to the National League.
Although the Cubs are just 1-4 against the South Siders this season, they easily could be 5-0. Every game has been extremely close and could have gone the other way. This was especially the case on Saturday as the Sox won 1-0. Matt Garza was brilliant going nine strong, but with no run support suffered a tough loss.
The Cubs will look to take at least one game of the series Sunday, with Rodrigo Lopez getting the start. Lopez is replacing Doug Davis in the starting rotation who was released earlier in the week. The Cubs righty is 0-2 on the season with a 5.40 ERA. Lopez has started twice against the White Sox in his career and has an ERA of 38.35.
Gavin Floyd gets the start Sunday in the series finale for the White Sox. Floyd is 6-7 on the season with an ERA of 4.19. The Cubs got their only win against the Sox this season with Gavin Floyd on the mound and have won all three times Floyd has started for the Sox.
The forecast at the time of first pitch is sunny skies with temps in the low 80's. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 CST. The game can be seen on CSN and WGN.