In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs dropped a 6-2 decision to the Padres for their fourth loss in a row. The northsiders jumped out to an early lead once again on an RBI double by Willson Contreras in the second inning and tied the game at 2 all on a solo home run by Kyle Schwarber in the 5th inning. But the Padres scored 4 times in the bottom of the 5th inning to come away with the victory. Cubs starter Eddie Butler came away with the loss after giving up all 6 runs on 7 hits while walking 3 in his 4 1/3 innings on the mound. The Cubs will finish up their west coast swing this afternoon at 2:40 when Jake Arrieta takes the mound against Luis Perdomo of the Padres.
The Cardinals lost to the Dodgers 9-4 for their third loss in a row and fifth in their last six games. The Redbirds jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Matt Carpenter and a two RBI single by Yadier Molina. But starter Michael Wacha did not have his best stuff and could not hold the lead, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits while walking 3 in his 3 innings on the mound. Yadi Molina also hit a solo home run later in the game to complete a 2 for 4 night with 3 RBI to lead the Cardinal offense. They will play game 3 in their 4 game series tonight at 7:15 when Carlos Martinez takes the bump against Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers.
The battle of pitching stars between the White Sox and Red Sox turned into an offensive explosion as Boston defeated the southsiders 13-7 in Chicago. White Sox ace Jose Quintana had another rough outing, giving up 7 earned runs on 10 hits in just 2 2/3 innings on the mound to take his 7th loss of the year. Former Chicago star and current Red Sox ace Chris Sale did not fare much better as he gave up 6 runs on 10 hits as well, despite coming away with his 6th victory of the year. Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson each hit home runs to lead the White Sox offense while Jose Abreu knocked in 2 RBI of his own. The two teams will play the rubber game in their three game series this evening at 7:10 when Mike Pelfrey faces off against Drew Pomeranz of the Red Sox.
Lastly, game two of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals will take place tonight at 7 o’clock in Pittsburgh. The Penguins hold an early one game to none lead over the Nashville Predators in the best of seven series.