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A few random nuggets on the White Sox-Cubs series, @SoxNerd style …
*Anthony Swarzak earned his first career save in the White Sox 3-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday.
The only other pitcher to do that was Jesus Pena in the Sox 4-2 win in 12 at Wrigley Field on July 7, 2000.
Much like Swarzak, Pena, a lefty, K’d the last batter he faced (Brant Brown).
Unlike Swarzak, who recorded four outs and got a called K (Willson Contreras) to end it, Pena faced one man and got him swinging.
That was the only save of Pena’s career.
*Prior to Swarzak, the last Sox pitcher other than David Robertson to save a game vs. the Cubs was Matt Lindstrom on May 5, 2014 at Wrigley Field.
*The Sox lead the all-time series with the Cubs, 58-51.
*The Sox won their first game as defending champs vs. the Cubs. On May 19, 2006, Mark Buehrle and the Sox, backed by a Jim Thome homer, dumped Greg Maddux and the Cubs 6-1 at Wrigley Field.
*Rick Renteria and Robin Ventura are the only Sox managers to win their debuts vs. the Cubs. … Terry Bevington, Jerry Manuel and Ozzie Guillen all dropped their first games vs. the Cubs.
*Statcast finally determined Matt Davidson’s homer went 476-feet with an exit velocity of 110 mph.
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