Saturday, June 16, 2012

Quick Reaction: Red Sox 4, Cubs 3

Quick Reaction: Red Sox 4, Cubs 3: Source: - Saturday, June 16, 2012
Nothing is ever easy. For the first seven innings this one was all Red Sox . Jarrod Saltalamacchia continued his impressive power hitting with a two run home run off of Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija in the fourth. Will Middlebrooks then extended the Red Sox lead with an RBI double off Randy Wells in the sixth. Then, in the top of the seventh, Scott Podsednik followed up a Mike Aviles double with a line drive single and the Red Sox were up 4-0 with a dominate Jon Lester coasting through the last place Cubs line up. Lester was in complete control through the first six. He would finish with an excellent line of 6 2/3 innings pitched, 3 runs on seven hits and one walk with eight strikeouts but it could have been even better. Through six, he had shut the Cubs out, struck out seven and walked none. Jeff Baker doubled to start the inning and advanced to third on a ground out from pinch hitter Tony Campana . With catcher Wellington Castillo up and then two lefties at the top of the line up, things still looked good for Lester. Unfortunately, Castillo drew a walk after starting down 0-2 in the count and, in what is becoming a problematic trend, Lester grew visibly frustrated with some of the calls against him, to the point where Valentine had to come out to speak with him. The next hitter, third baseman Luis Valbuena , took Lester deep on the second pitch and like that the comfortable 4-0 was cut to 4-3. The Red Sox late inning relievers,

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