At Wintrust Arena on Aug. 28, the defending-champion Chicago Sky fell to the Connecticut Sun 68-63 in the WNBA semifinals. It was a season low for points for Chicago.
The teams are playing against each other for the third consecutive postseason.
However, Chicago wasn't the only higher-seeded team to lose the first game in the best-of-five series, as the Seattle Storm (with retiring superstar Sue Bird) surprised the top seed, the Las Vegas Aces, on Aug. 28 as well.
Candace Parker led the Sky with 19 points and 18 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Connecticut.
The Sky and Sun return to Wintrust Arena for Game 2 of the semifinals on Wed., Aug. 31. The tipoff is at 7 p.m. CT and the game will air on ESPN 2 and NBA TV Canada.
Chicago's MLB teams both fell in series finales on Aug. 28.
Jake McCarthy hit a tie-breaking double in the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks (59-67) completed a three-game sweep of the struggling Chicago White Sox (63-65) with a 3-2 victory in Chicago, ESPN noted.
Chicago manager Tony La Russa most certainly heard fans expressing their displeasure, but said he and his team aren't discouraged. "I just get angry," he said. "I don't like frustration, discouragement. That's loser crap. Just seeps energy out of your body.
The South Siders will next take on the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
As for the Chicago Cubs (55-73), they lost to the Milwaukee Brewers (67-59) 7-5 in Wisconsin.
The Cubs next take on the Toronto Bluejays. However, according to ESPN, pitchers Justin Steele and Adrian Sampson will stay back in Chicago while their teammates travel to Toronto, as the players are unable to enter Canada because of their vaccination status and that country's COVID-19 regulations.
Chicago and Toronto begin their series Monday, Aug. 29.