#3. August 8: Sox pound the Chicago Cubs early and embarrass them on ESPN
I hated this game before it even happened. On Friday, the Cubs stormed back late to tie the game with a Andrew Romine home run that surprised him more than anyone. It felt like a momentum shifter beyond measure, until the Sox scored four in the tenth and won the game. Saturday, the Cubs were dominated by Carlos Rodon for five innings and never scored a run. Sunday, the Cubbies needed to avoid a sweep at the hands of the South Siders on national television, Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. It did not go well.
Zach Davies took the mound looking to stop the bleeding and save his season. The wind was blowing out at approximately 1,000,000 mph and the White Sox took full advantage early. Tim Anderson homered on the very first pitch of the game. Then Eloy Jimenez. Then Andrew Vaughn. Now it is 5-0 White Sox, and the game is over by all accounts. Davies lasted just two innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits. The White Sox embarrassed the Cubs 9-3.
Jimenez finished 3-for-4 with five RBI against the team that traded him. He admits to having some extra fuel in the tank when playing the Cubs because of their decision to trade him. In his career versus the North Siders, he is a .340 hitter with six home runs in 13 starts. That is a nightmare in itself, considering the Cubs traded him for Jose Quintana in 2017 to help win a second consecutive World Series. That did not come together, and Quintana never panned out for the Cubs while Jimenez continues to light up Cubs pitching.