By the numbers: breakdown in the Crosstown Cup

By the numbers: breakdown in the Crosstown Cup
May 8, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Chris Kamka

The Crosstown Cup belongs to the White Sox, but in the past three games, the numbers have been something we haven't seen in a while. With the final game concluding tonight, check out these interesting statistics between the two Chicago teams.

Wednesday Recap

— Cubs collect four hits for 3rd straight game. Last time they had 4 or fewer in 3 straight games:  July 9-11, 1992 (vs Braves).

— White Sox allow four hits for 3rd straight game. Last time they allowed 4 or fewer in 3 straight games: Sept 12, 13 (vs Orioles) and 15 (Game 1 of doubleheader; vs Angels), 1989.

— Last time Sox allowed 4 or fewer hits in 3 straight games all against same opponent was Aug 21-23, 1980 (Blue Jays).

Jose Abreu

— Now with 24 extra base hits this season. Last time a White Sox player had 24+ XBH through 35 games in a season was Frank Thomas, also with 24, in 1994 (won MVP).

Konerko clears the bases

— Paul Konerko's 5th inning double scored three Cuban-born players — Jose Abreu, Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez.

It was the first time three Cuban-born players scored on the same play since 4/13/1966, when Tony Oliva of the Twins hit a 3-run HR against the A's scoring Zoilo Versalles, Sandy Valdespino and himself. The A's first baseman at the time was the same Hawk Harrelson who supplied the play-by-play for Konerko's two-bagger (although not on the CSN broadcast).

— Konerko trails only Alex Rodriguez in career interleague RBI (Konerko has 174 to Rodriguez's 203, although Konerko has done it in 232 fewer plate appearances).

Wood wasn't good

— Both Kerry AND Travis Wood have now had a start of 8 Earned Runs against the White Sox.

Danks gets it done

— John Danks entered Wednesday's game with 21 strikeouts vs 20 walks on the year, but had 8 strikeouts to only one walk against the Cubs.

— Still however, Danks has 21 walks in 42 innings this season. He had 27 walks in 138.1 innings in 2013.

This day in Chicago Baseball History

— 1973: Ernie Banks becomes the first African American acting manager when he takes over for the ejected Whitey Lockman.

— 1983: White Sox retire Minnie Minoso's No. 9 prior to their game vs Indians.

— 1984: White Sox and Brewers begin their 25-inning marathon game (which was suspended and completed the next day).