After a game one shutout against the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs were looking to continue that momentum into game two of the interleague series. Unfortunately a solid game by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and solid pitching from Jon Lester, led to the Cubs falling 4-3 Saturday night. The Cubs were able to score three runs for the second game in a row, but those three runs were not scored until the seventh inning when Luis Valbuena, with one swing of the bat, hit a three run homerun. Before Valbuena’s homerun, the Red Sox were already up 4-0 through seven innings. Saltalmacchia put the first runs on the board for the Red Sox with a two run shot in the fourth inning off Jeff Samardzija (5-5)
Samardzija struck out six, with three walks, and gave up three runs on four hits in a 5 1/3 innings. He was pulled in the sixth after giving up two straight walks to Ortiz and Saltalamacchia. Samardzija has now only won once out of his last six starts. His ERA is up to 4.04.
As for the Cubs hitters, they continue to struggle against left handed pitching. The Cubs are a staggering 3-14 against lefties this year. Jon Lester (4-4) had eight strike outs, one walk, and three earned runs on seven hits. Saturday’s loss also marks the 15th game where the Cubs have lost a game by one run.
Sunday night’s series finale will feature Paul Maholm, who is 4-5 with an ERA of 4.91. Maholm will be looking to record his first win since May 9. He will be facing Franklin Morales who is 0-1 with a 3.04 ERA. Morales is replacing Red Sox starter Josh Beckett who was placed on the DL Saturday with a right should injury.
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Written by Brandyn Smith
My name is Brandyn Smith. I am 23 years old. I graduated with a Finance degree from Providence College in 2011. I am a freelance writer pursuing a career in Sports Administration. I love sports and I’m here to share my sports knowledge with everyone. Currently I am studying Organizational Behavior at Northwestern University.