Ivy's Roundup: Hanging the Red Sox out to dry

Ivy's Roundup: Hanging the Red Sox out to dry

You never really see this coming, do you?  The Chicago Cubs, one of the worst (though not absolutely worst) teams in the majors, plays the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, and you think to yourself that it’s probably not going to work out too well.  But wait…

Chicago Cubs vs. Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park

Monday, June 30 – Cubs 2, Red Sox 0

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The beard of power. (Jared Wickerham, Getty Images)

I don’t think we’ve talked enough about Jake Arrieta.  All he did was take a no-hitter into the eighth inning.  No big deal.  Nate Schierholtz had a two-run homer that was all Jake needed to secure the victory for the Cubs.  Hector Rondon got the save and ended the month of June on a high note.

Tuesday, July 1 – Cubs 2, Red Sox 1

Cubs fans and the media give Edwin Jackson a lot of crap, and he’s not spectacular by any stretch of the imagination, but what he is, is serviceable, and that’s unfortunately what the Cubs paid for when they inked him to that seemingly large contract.  For his part, Edwin survived tons of line drives and his own jams to keep the game tied through six innings.  Chris Coghlan plated the tying run on a fielder’s choice, and the bullpen kept the Red Sox from scoring again.  In the ninth inning, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro put the Cubs in a position to go ahead, and Luis Valbuena cashed in with a sacrifice fly.  Hector Rondon got the save again with a huge help from Luis Valbuena, who threw out Dustin Pedroia on a very close play (reviewed and upheld) to preserve the victory.  Good start to the month of July!

Wednesday, July 2 – Cubs 16, Red Sox 9 

Our heroes!  (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)

Our heroes! (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)

It’s easy to figure that with a struggling Travis Wood and a Boston offense that had been stagnant for the past couple days that this would be a tough game to win.  It wasn’t that way in the beginning, as a Justin Ruggiano two-run bomb followed by a Starlin Castro RBI single to get Anthony Rizzo home (Rizzo had stolen second!) put the Cubs ahead in the first inning against Brandon Workman.  Even Mike Olt got into the act, hitting his first home run since mid-June, contributing to six total runs off Workman.  Unfortunately, Wood wasn’t sharp at all and couldn’t last through the fourth, getting pulled with two outs and the bases loaded and having given up three runs of his own.  Carlos Villanueva came in to put out the fire and Welington Castillo added to the lead with his own two-run long bomb.  Nate Schierholtz got into the home run derby act in the eighth, and the four homers in the game was a season high for the Cubs.  Everybody in the starting lineup got at least one hit.  Nice to see the guys getting out of some slumps with a big bang.  The bullpen survived some adventures and the longest ninth-inning game in recorded history (some embellishment here, but Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez) to secure the win and the series sweep.

And thus the Cubs said goodbye to Fenway Park and the Red Sox for the rest of this season.  Not sure when they’ll see each other again, the interleague scheduling is kinda nutso.

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, Nationals Park

The Cubs start up again on Friday in our nation’s capital as they take on the Nats, who are jostling with the Atlanta Braves for the National League East lead.  This might be the very last time we see Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija in Cubs pinstripes, but we keep saying that so who knows, right?  Enjoy it while it lasts!

UPDATE 7/5 10:50 AM: So yeah, that didn’t last too long as Hammel and Samardzija were both traded!  And to take Samardzija’s spot after Hammel turned in a good start on Friday…

 

Here are the matchups and broadcast info:

Friday, July 4
10:05 AM Central (I guess this is the first game of the holiday)
Jason Hammel vs. Tanner Roark
TV = WGN, MLB Network

Saturday, July 5
3:05 PM Central
Jeff Samardzija (OH JUST KIDDING, it’s Carlos Villanueva) vs. Gio Gonzalez
TV = CSN

Sunday, July 6
12:35 PM Central
Jake Arrieta vs. Jordan Zimmermann
TV = WGN

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