Cubs offense pulls another disappearing act in Crosstown opener

Cubs offense pulls another disappearing act in Crosstown opener
May 5, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

Jeff Samardzija did everything he could to get himself a win, but the Cubs once again intervened.

Samardzija did not allow an earned run in nine innings, but picked up a no-decision as the White Sox beat the Cubs 3-1 in 12 innings at Wrigley Field in the Crosstown opener.

The Cubs ace struck out seven and allowed just three hits and two walks, lowering his season ERA to 1.62 and WHIP to 1.12. Seven starts into his 2014 campaign, he is still 0-3.

Samardzija did everything he could to pick up a victory, working around two Cubs errors, showcasing his athleticism on defense and coming through with a sixth-inning double to break up Jose Quintana's no-hit bid, scoring the Cubs' only run two batters later.

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The White Sox pushed across an unearned run on rookie sensation Jose Abreu's sacrifice fly after a Mike Olt error in the first inning.

The South Siders rallied in the top of the 12th and scored twice off Cubs reliever Justin Grimm on two walks, two hits and a hit batter.

The Cubs managed just four hits in 12 innings, including Samardzija's double and Olt's two-out single in the bottom of the 12th.

The Cubs won all four games against the White Sox in the Crosstown series last year.

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