White Sox fall to Arizona, Cardinals beat Cubs
By: Mike Stiles - Monday, June 17, 2024

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Diamondbacks top White Sox 12-5
(PHOENIX) – Christian Walker drove in three runs with a home run and a double and the Arizona Diamondbacks routed the Chicago White Sox 12-5 on Sunday. Walker hit a solo homer in the first inning, singled in the third and drove in two more with a bases-loaded double in a six-run fourth inning as Arizona won two of three in the series. With a chance at a cycle, Walker struck out and hit into a double play in his final two at-bats. The Diamondbacks' Corbin Carroll left the game in the seventh inning after making an awkward throw from center field. The 2023 NL Rookie of the Year is scheduled for an MRI on Monday but said he was feeling better after the game. Arizona starter Jordan Montgomery (5-4) benefitted from the offensive outburst. He pitched five innings, giving up four hits, one unearned run, caused by his own error, walked two and struck out seven. The Diamondbacks bounced back from a 9-2 loss Saturday night, jumping on Chicago’s Drew Thorpe who was making his second major league start. Thorpe (0-1) walked five and struck out none.

Cardinals get by Cubs 2-1
(CHICAGO) – Miles Mikolas pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Jameson Taillon and the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Sunday. Showing off an improved sinker, Mikolas allowed one run, struck out five and walked none. The right-hander, who tossed seven scoreless innings on Tuesday night against Pittsburgh, is 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA in his last seven starts. Pedro Pagés hit a two-run homer for St. Louis, which improved to 4-1 against Chicago this season by taking two of three this weekend. Taillon pitched six effective innings, but Chicago's lineup struggled again, managing just six runs and 17 hits in the series. The Cubs dropped to 10-21 in their last 31 games. Mikolas departed after Ian Happ’s one-out double in the seventh. Happ scored on Michael Busch’s two-out RBI single off Ryan Fernandez, but that was it for the Cubs.