The Boston Red Sox lost for the second-straight time to the Chicago Cubs at Fenway Park, putting together another poor offensive performance behind a good starting pitcher.
Starter Clay Buchholz looked great again, making the skeptics feel better since he has returned from his injury. He tossed 6.1 innings last night, giving up just one earned run on five hits without a walk and two strikeouts.
The only Sox hitter to come up with much was Dustin Pedroia, who went 3-for-5 and drove in the team’s only run of the night. The fact that this lineup has been shut down by the likes of Jake Arrieta and Edwin Jackson on back-to-back nights in their home ballpark is somewhat of an embarrassment.
The Cubs were able to push across their go-ahead, and eventual game-winning run on a sac-fly from Luis Valbuena that scored former Sox top prospect Anthony Rizzo. You remember Rizzo right?!? He was part of the the Adrian Gonzalez trade and is casually hitting .279 with 17 homers and 44 RBI this season. That is something Boston could certainly be using, but in the end, having Gonzo led to a World Series title in just a different way than anticipated.
Koji Uehara entered the game in the ninth when it was all knotted up, which isn’t usually his strong suit. Like most closers, he struggles when the score is tied and is dominant when his club is ahead.
Tonight we see Brandon Workman try and prevent a three-game losing streak against Travis Wood and the Cubs. Let’s see if Workman gets more support than Buchholz and Jake Peavy have so far this series.