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Cubs Trip up Sox 3-0 in Opener of Historic Series at Wrigley Field – Fenway Park 6/15/12

The Cubs beat the Red Sox 3-0 in the opener of the much-anticipated series between Theo Epstein’s new team and his old team.  Ryan Dempster outdueled Daisuke Matsuzaka in another solid outing for the worst team in baseball – 7 scoreless innings, 4 hits, 2 walks and 3 K’s.  Maybe we should make a move for him in the next few weeks?!?!

Matsuzaka wasn’t all that bad after the 2nd inning.  The Cubs managed just 2 hits by a non-pitcher in the game.  Bad news for us – both hits drove in the Cubs 3 runs.  Steve Clevenger had a timely 2-out bases loaded double that drove in 2 runs in the 1st inning.  And the next inning David DeJesus single drove in Dempster.  Dempster had reached base earlier that inning on a “triple” to right field that regular 1st baseman Adrian Gonzalez misplayed down the line.  So even that 3rd run was a little “lucky”…  Matsuzaka went 6 giving up just the 3 runs and 4 hits.

Dustin Pedroia’s line drive in the 9th with the bases loaded was snagged by Cubs 3rd baseman Luis Valbuena on a nice play.  He beat Mike Aviles to the bag to end the game.

The Red Sox fell to 31-33 with the loss.  The Cubs are 20 games! under .500 at 22-42. Ouch.  Should be a nice match-up on Saturday night at the Friendly Confines – Jon Lester v Jeff Samardzija.


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