In Major League Baseball action, the Chicago Cubs lost their fourth game in a row, 5-2 to the Padres in San Diego yesterday. The northsiders jumped on the board early after Jason Heyward singled home Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo in the top of the first inning for an early 2-0 lead. But starter Kyle Hendricks gave up a grand slam in the 4th inning and another run in the 5th as he was saddled with his fourth loss of the year. The Cubs will look to get back on track tonight at 9:10 when rookie Eddie Butler faces off against Dinelson Lamet of the Padres.
The Cardinals lost to the Dodgers 5-1 for their fourth loss in their last five games. Starter Mike Leake took the loss for the Redbirds after giving up 4 earned runs on 6 hits in his 7 innings of work on the mound. Jedd Gyorko knocked in the only run of the day for the Cardinals on a sacrifice fly in the 4th inning. They will continue their four game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles tonight at 6 o’clock when Michael Wacha takes the mound against Kenta Maeda.
The White Sox defeated the Red Sox 5-4 in the first game of their three game series in Chicago. Melky Cabrera led the southside offense with 2 hits, including a home run, and 4 RBI on the day. Reliever Juan Minaya picked up his first win of the year after tossing a scoreless 7th inning while closer David Robertson notched his 8th save on the season with a clean 9th inning. The battle of the Sox will resume tonight at 7:10 when current White Sox ace Jose Quintana takes the bump against former White Sox ace Chris Sale.
Lastly, game 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs took place in Pittsburgh last night with the Penguins topping the Predators 5-3 to take an early lead in the series. They will take the night off tonight before dropping the puck on game 2 tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.