Cubs Recap and Analysis

Cubs Recap: Big Seventh Inning Lifts Cubs to a 7-4 Win over the Red Sox

BOSTON — The Chicago Cubs (12-10) and the Boston Red Sox (12-10) continued their weekend tilt at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon with the Cubs looking to even up the series after dropping game one on Friday night.

After taking a tight game one from the Cubs on Friday night the Red Sox got on the board early in the bottom of the second inning on Saturday afternoon after Jackie Bradley Jr. singled to left field, scoring Mitch Moreland to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

The Red Sox would add two more runs in the bottom of the third inning on an Andrew Benintendi sacrifice fly, and a Hanley Ramirez solo home run, making it a 3-0 Red Sox lead after three innings in Beantown.

In the top of the fourth inning Cubs’ slugger Anthony Rizzo crushed a two-run home run to right-center field to cut the Boston lead down to just one, with the Cubs trailing 3-2.

In the bottom of the fifth inning an Andrew Benintendi home run would make it a 4-2 Red Sox lead, but the Cubs would get that run back in the next half inning when Ben Zobrist plated Kris Bryant on ground out, making it a 4-3 Red Sox lead.

Miguel Montero led off the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run to tie the ballgame at 4-4. The Cubs would score two more in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Kyle Schwarber, and an RBI ground out by Anthony Rizzo to take a 6-4 lead over the Red Sox.

Ben Zobrist would add one more to the Cubs lead in the top of the ninth inning with a solo home run over the Green Monster in left field, putting the Cubs up 7-4. Wade Davis would enter for the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth inning looking to notch a save and secure a victory. After allowing an infield single to open the inning, Davis would set down the next three Red Sox hitters to earn his sixth save of the season, and a Cubs victory.

Key Performers


Anthony Rizzo: 1-5, HR, 2 RBI

Miguel Montero: 2-4, HR. RBI


Andrew Benintendi: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI

The Good

The Cubs rallied in the seventh inning for three runs to take a 6-4 lead over the Red Sox, who have led most of the way in the first two games of the series. The Cubs were able to even the series at one game each on Saturday and will look to win the series tomorrow evening.

The Bad

Cubs starting pitching allowed the Red Sox to jump out to an early lead, and the rotation continues to be shaky over the past two weeks.

On Deck

The Cubs (13-10) and the Red Sox (12-11) will wrap up their three game series on Sunday at Fenway Park. The Cubs will send Kyle Hendricks (2-1, 4.50 ERA) to the mound to oppose Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1, 3.12 ERA).

First Pitch: 7:05 pm (CT)


Radio: WSCR-670AM



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