Cubs - 002 030 000 - 5 12 4 Red Sox - 202 420 05x - 15 19 1This was an all-out assault, with the Red Sox setting season-highs in runs and hits. Their previous highs were nine runs (April 8, April 18, May 2, May 8) and 16 hits (May 10). They also hit five doubles, matching a season-high (April 30).
Ellsbury: 3-for-6, double, 2 runs, 2 RBI, SB Pedroia: 2-for-4, double, 3 runs, 2 BB, SB Gonzalez: 4-for-6, 3 RBI, run Youkilis: 2-for-5, double, HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs, 2 ROE Ortiz: 2-for-5, 2 doubles, 2 runs, ROE Lowrie: 2-for-5, RBI Cameron: 0-for-3, 2 BB, run Crawford: 1-for-5, 2 RBI, run Saltalamacchia: 2-for-3, HR, RBI, 3 runs, 2 BBLester struggled again (6-12-5-2-5, 104) -- the Cubs had two men on base in each of his six innings -- and Scott Atchison (3-0-0-0-3, 33) picked up his first save of the year!
The Mets beat the Yankees 2-1 and the Marlins beat the Rays 5-3, so ...
Rays 25 20 --- Red Sox 24 20 0.5 Yankees 23 20 1.0 Blue Jays 22 22 2.5 Orioles 19 24 5.0Seven wins in a row, 10 of 12, and 19 of 28; 22-10 (.688) since April 16.
Doug Davis / Jon Lester
It's been 33,855 days since September 11, 1918, a chilly Wednesday on which the Red Sox clinched their third World Series title in four years (and fourth in seven seasons) by beating the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in Game 6. Tonight, after 92 years, 8 months, and 10 days, the Cubs return to Fenway. (Or, as Don Orsillo might say, it's been a 48,751,200-minute wait for the Cubs.)
Three photos from September 1918:
These are Cubs players warming up on the third base side of the field before one of the three 1918 World Series games played at Fenway. In front of the big left field wall is a steep dirt incline. When there were sell-out crowds, fans sometimes sat there. It was called Duffy's Cliff because Boston left fielder Duffy Lewis navigated it better than anyone else. (There might be two players checking it out, on the left side of the photo.) It was removed during the 1933 renovations. (There are two terrific pictures of Fenway here, showing the Wall and Cliff.)
AL East: Mets/Yankees, Rays/Marlins, Astros/Blue Jays, and Nationals/Orioles at 7 PM.