Morning Box Score: Cubs Sweep Reds; Sox Stall In KC
By Chuck Sudo in News on Sep 18, 2014 2:35PM
Cubs 3, Cincinnati 1
Kyle Hendricks hasn't pitched like a typical rookie. Hendricks held the Reds to one run in seven innings to lead the Cubs to their first sweep of Cincinnati at Wrigley Field since July 2009. Hendricks struck out four and scattered seven hits in his start to improve to 7-2 overall this season. He's been especially tough at the Friendly Confines, allowing six runs in 35-1/3 innings and posting a 1.53 ERA.
Kansas City 6, White Sox 2
The White Sox sent Chris Sale to the mound hoping for a series win at Kaufmann Stadium. Instead, the ace of the starting rotation turned in one of his worst performances of the season. Sale allowed five runs in five innings, including home runs to Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar. The homer to Cain, a three-run shot, came on a hanging 0-2 breaking ball, the first time in Sale's Major League career he allowed a home run on an 0-2 count. Before Wednesday, Sale was undefeated in 10 road starts this season and the loss could knock out of consideration for the AL Cy Young Award.