Chicago Sports News: 4/21/23

Chicago Cubs   Los Angeles Dodgers 0 – Chicago Cubs 13

Highlights:  Drew Smyly lost a perfect game bid when he collided with his catcher while trying to field an eighth-inning dribbler that went for an infield single in the Chicago Cubs’ 13-0 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Nico Hoerner hit a three-run homer with four hits and four RBI as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games. Cody Bellinger went deep for the second straight day and third time this season against his former team. Trey Mancini and Patrick Wisdom also connected. Smyly (2-1) struck out 10 and walked none in 7 2/3 innings. He threw 68 of his season-high 103 pitches for strikes. David Peralta accounted for Los Angeles’ only baserunner against Smyly on a 32.9 mph leadoff dribbler in the eighth that trickled between third base and the mound. Read more at:  (AP)

Chicago White SoxChicago White Sox 7 – Tampa Bay Rays 8

Highlights:  Christian Bethancourt hit a leadoff homer in the ninth and Brandon Lowe followed with a walkoff two-run shot off Reynaldo López to lead the Tampa Bay Rays over the Chicago White Sox 8-7 on Friday night.  “It’s pretty great,” Lowe said. “It’s an awesome feeling. I think this might be my first walkoff homer of my life, honestly.” Harold Ramírez had a two-run homer off Michael Kopech during a four-run first for the Rays, who matched the 2019 Seattle Mariners as the only teams since 1901 to homer in each of their first 20 games. Tampa Bay is 11-0 at home. Chicago was ahead 7-4 in the fourth after Eloy Jiménez hit his first home run this year, but Chicago couldn’t hold the lead and lost for the seventh time in nine games. Read more at:  (AP)

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