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Delayed sweep for Cubs

CHICAGO (MCT) – The best-laid plans of Cubs and White Sox players, coaches and management often go astray.

Not to mention the tentative schedules affecting the fans of the two teams.

Monday night’s makeup of the rained-out May 28 game at U.S. Cellular Field got started following a 29-minute rain delay.

The Cubs completed the delayed four-game sweep with an 8-2 victory.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Alfonso Soriano doubled into the leftfield corner and stole third. Dioner Navarro drew a walk to put runners on the corners before Luis Valbuena – a late substitution for Welington Castillo as the designated hitter – scored Soriano with a sacrifice fly to right.

The Sox tied the score 1-1 in the third inning when catcher Josh Phegley hit a towering home run to center. It was his second homer of the season.Phegley was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte last Friday. He hit his first major league homer Sunday in Tampa.

Soriano gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning when he hit his 13th homer of the year. It was the 385th homer of his career, tying him with Dwight Evans for 58th on the all-time list.

The Sox scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game 2-2. Gordon Beckham reached on an infield hit and advanced to second when Darwin Barney’s throw to first was wild. It was Barney’s second error in as many games after going 71 straight games without a miscue.

Alex Rios singled to put runners on the cormers before he and Beckham pulled off a double steal. Navarro’s throw to second was low as Rios advanced and Beckham stole home to make it 2-2.

Valbuena put the Cubs ahead 4-2 in the eighth with a two-run double off Matt Thornton. 

Sveum appreciates the versatility and clutch performances of Valbuena.

“On a whole from this year to last year, he has been so consistent, even though you’re not seeing the .300 batting average. The on-base percentage and the walks seem to always be there on a consistent basis,” Sveum said. “And the defense he has been playing has been as good as anybody in the game at third base over the last 2 years.”

Dave Sappelt made it 5-2 with an RBI single off reliever Nate Jones to tally Valbuena.

Cody Ransom had a bases-loaded base hit to score a pair of runs and chase Nate Jones with the score 7-2.

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