Chicago Cubs: In a battle between the Cubs and the White Sox, Willson Contreras and the Northsiders put on a show on the South Side.
For the first time since 2008, both the Cubs and White Sox were postseason bound in 2020. They would fitly meet in the regular season’s final series with seeding on the line starting September 25th. In Game 1, the Cubs were coming to Guaranteed Rate Field after a brutal 3/4 series loss to the lowly Pirates. It might be safe to say the Cubs took out their frustration on some poor baseballs.
The 10-0 Cubs win was capped off by Willson Contreras, who loves hitting against the Sox, and his two home runs. His first was in the third inning against former Cubs prospect Dylan Cease, a three-run shot in which Contreras promptly flipped the bat high in the air as he watched it sail over the right-field fence. He was plunked in his next AB but then homered again in the ninth inning.
Kyle Schwarber, Victor Caratini and Javier Baez also had home runs in this blowout win, as Yu Darvish pitched seven shutout innings. Baez also doubled hitting lefty off position player Yolmer Sanchez. This victory felt like payback after the White Sox embarrassed the Cubs at Wrigley Field earlier in the year and shrunk the Cubs magic number to clinch the NL Central to one.