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Chicago: Cubs pitchers struggle in series against Diamondbacks


July 19, 2021
Source: Cubs/Twitter
Source: Cubs/Twitter

⚾MLB: The Cubs lost the final game of their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks 6–4 yesterday. The Cubbies’ pitchers gave up eight hits and 11 walks, which made it difficult for the North Siders — who had a strong offensive and defensive showing — to complete the sweep. 

  • The White Sox also won their series 2-1 this weekend after beating the Houston Astros 4–0 in their final game yesterday. The Sox’s pitching continues to excel, and with All-Star Lance Lynn signing a two-year extension, it’s going to stay that way. 

🏒Blackhawks: Ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft, Chicago’s restricted list is mostly as expected. While the list includes forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and goalie Kevin Lankinen, the club left Nikita Zadorov unprotected, an interesting choice for a top defenseman. 

  • Zadorov, whom Chicago traded for last offseason, is now a free agent and looking for a big paycheck. If the Kraken were to select him, they’d have first dibs at negotiating, but that doesn’t guarantee he’ll sign. 
  • Zadorov could decline whatever the Kraken offers in hopes that Chicago (or another team) will have a better one waiting for him, but that’s a risk. For now, we’ll just wait and see if the Kraken decide they want him. 

⚽️Red Stars: The Red Stars forced two own goals from OL Reign in Chicago’s 3–1 win last night, bringing the count of opponents’ own goals received up to five in their last three games. To add more crazy stats to the win, Red Star Vanessa DiBernardo became the first Red Star and only the sixth player in NWSL history to reach 10,000 minutes played. Stud.