Gordon Beckham relentless as White Sox sweep Cubs
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter May 6, 2014 10:52PM
Updated: May 7, 2014 12:05AM
It took three pitchers and nine innings, but the Cubs finally got Gordon Beckham out Tuesday.
Maybe that will give them something to build on heading to the South Side for two more games against the Sox.
For now, it was small consolation on a night Cub-killer Beckham delivered four more hits — including a go-ahead, two-out homer in the eighth — as the Sox beat the Cubs 5-1 to sweep a pair of games at Wrigley Field.
“It was great,” said Beckham, who had struggled since returning from the DL two weeks ago but on this night improved to 31-for-87 (.356) with five home runs in his career against the Cubs.
“I mean, a great night,” he said. “I was completely blessed to have it and it definitely comes at a good time. It was a good win.”
The Sox added three in the ninth, including two on a Jordan Danks double off Pedro Strop, before the Cubs’ right-hander left the game two pitches later because of a lingering groin injury.
Cub killers also apparently have been living this year on the waiver wire, where the Sox picked up outfielder Moises Sierra (four hits and a run) and pitcher Hector Noesi (five strong innings) in the last two weeks.
Noesi didn’t get a victory, but he also didn’t look anything like the guy who has lost 12 consecutive decisions over three years. He allowing just one run on four hits on the second anniversary of his last big-league win.
The best thing the Cubs had going was Edwin Jackson, the $52 million pitcher who pitched what he said might have been his best start as a Cub. He went seven innings for the second time in three starts.
Jackson had only five starts of at least seven all last season and didn’t have his first until June.