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Cubs Observations: Sox win action-packed crosstown opener

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USA TODAY

Alternating ‘Let’s go Cubs’ and ‘Let’s go White Sox’ echoed at Wrigley Field on Friday in the first of three games between the crosstown rivals this weekend.

In the end, the White Sox won a back-and-forth game 8-6, scoring four times in the 10th inning, twice on Brian Goodwin's two-run home run.

Here are 10 observations from the game:

1. Andrew Romine picked an opportune time for his first home run since July 14, 2017. The infielder hit a three-run blast off former Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel in the eighth inning, tying things at 4.

2. Friday wasn't Kimbrel's first time taking the mound from the Wrigley Field bullpen, but it sure was different. He entered to a mellow atmosphere, and "Sweet Child O' Mine," his warmup music at Wrigley while with the Cubs, was not playing.

3. Kyle Hendricks limited the Sox to two runs in six innings despite seven hits and three walks. Four of those hits came in the fourth, when the Sox scored twice and sent eight batters to the plate.

4. The Cubs and Hendricks took advantage of National League rules to escape two jams. They intentionally walked Cesár Hernández in the fourth and sixth to face Sox starter Lance Lynn, who struck out both times to leave the bases loaded.

5. Romine's late home run gave Hendricks a no-decision, extending his streak without a loss to 16 starts, dating back to May 16. His resume is awfully impressive over that stretch: 14 quality starts, 2.79 ERA, 100 innings.

 

6. The Cubs got on the board in the seventh on a David Bote sac fly — after Lynn exited. The Sox starter dominated in six scoreless innings before a leadoff bunt single in the seventh ended his afternoon. He was charged with that one run after exiting.

7. The Cubs didn't intentionally walk Hernández for a third time in the eighth, so of course he hit a two-out, two-run home run that temporarily made it a 4-1 game.

8. Welcome to the Show, Greg Deichmann. The Cubs recalled the outfielder from Triple-A pregame and he dropped a bloop single into right field in the fourth — his first career big-league hit. The Cubs acquired him from Oakland in the Andrew Chafin trade.

9. Eloy Jiménez has tormented Cubs pitching in his career but had a relatively quiet afternoon. He finished 1-for-3 with a double, leaving four runners on base, before exiting for pinch runner Goodwin in the sixth.

10. Codi Heuer keeps on getting chances in high-leverage spots and keeps on delivering. He pitched a scoreless ninth, retiring the top of the White Sox order on a strikeout, walk and 6-4-3 double play. He's thrown four scoreless innings since coming over the Kimbrel deal.

On deck: First pitch Saturday is 1:20 p.m. Adbert Alzolay (4-11, 4.85 ERA) and Carlos Rodón are the Cubs and Sox probable starters.

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