The last time the Chicago Cubs saw Fenway, they lost the World Series in front of 15,238 fans on Sept. 11, 1918. The next time they came back, some 93 years later, they were unceremoniously clubbed.
The Boston Red Sox pounded out 19 hits, including a three-run home run by Kevin Youkilis, and four hits and four RBI from Adrian Gonzalez, soundly whipping the Cubs 15-5 in front of 37,140 fans.
In the much anticipated matchup which was the hottest selling ticket of the year, the Red Sox scored early and often, jumping out to a 2-0 lead, aided by one of four Cubs’ errors on the night.
“(This) put an end to my enthusiasm for this momentous occasion,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said. “They’re tough. I feel really good about us offensively and we’re doing a good job against left-handed starters. But, four errors isn’t going to get it done.”
The left-handed starter Quade was referring to, Jon Lester, did not have his best stuff on this night, giving up five runs on 12 hits in six innings of work. However, with his teammates clubbing everything in sight behind him, his best stuff wasn’t needed.
“It was a great day,’’ Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “We’re swinging the bats better. Hopefully the weather gets better, too. We’ve got to keep grinding and keep finding ways to score runs.”
With their seventh consecutive win, the Sox are now four games above .500 after losing 10 of their 12 games, and sit just one half game behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.
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