Game Forty-Three: Cubs (19-23) vs. Red Sox (23-20)
Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 89
Location – Fenway Park, Boston
Doug Davis (0-1, 1.80/1.00) vs. Jon Lester (5-1, 3.28/1.25)
For the first time since the days of Babe Ruth, the Chicago Cubs will play a series at Fenway Park. The Cubs franchise last played at the Red Sox home park in the 1918 World Series. The Sox won the Fall Classic four games to two, the last time the Sox were the World Champs until 2004.
A report surfaced that suggests the Cubs may have thrown the ’18 World Series against the Sox … but that was then.
The Cubs are in the midst of a very difficult seven-game road trip. After giving away the first two in Cincinnati, Q’s squad saved a little face in Miami with the sweep of the Marlins. The Cubs will play a very good team over the next three days to open Interleague play for the 2011 season.
The Red Sox have won six in a row and after a horrible start to the year, the Sox enter play tonight three games over .500 … just a game and a half back of the first place Tampa Bay Rays.
News surfaced Thursday that the Cubs and Sox will wear throwback uniforms Saturday. Both storied organizations will don the uniforms worn during the 1918 World Series.
Mike Quade has not announced who will serve as his designated hitter this weekend. Quade said he’s thinking about inserting Alfonso Soriano in the DH role tonight with Reed Johnson playing either right or left field against the Sox southpaw. Jeff Baker will be in the starting lineup tonight but Quade was not sure where he would play in the field as of Thursday night.
The Cubs will also see a very familiar face this weekend. Rich Hill is now a side arm reliever for the Red Sox, the team he grew up rooting for.
The Cubs and Red Sox played a three-game series at Wrigley Field in June of 2005. The Cubs won two of three against the defending World Champions. Greg Maddux beat Bronson Arroyo in the opener 14-6 (Friday, June 10) and Todd Wellemeyer took the win over Wade Miller in game two 7-6 with Ryan Dempster picking up the save (Saturday, June 11). Glendon Rusch suffered the loss in the Sunday night game against Tim Wakefield, 8-1. Wakefield is scheduled to start Sunday night against Matt Garza.
Tonight it all begins with Doug Davis … Doug Davis will make his second start in a Cubs’ uniform. Davis took the loss in the rain-shortened game last Saturday at Wrigley Field. Davis was a victim of the Cubs horrible defense and Mother Nature. Davis allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits in five innings. Davis walked only one batter and struck out six.
Davis was solid in his first start but will face a much better offense tonight.
Tonight will be the seventh start of Davis’ career against the Red Sox. The veteran southpaw is 3-2 in seven career games, six starts, with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP … at Fenway, 1-1 in three starts with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. The last time Davis faced the Sox was as a member of the Diamondbacks on June 24, 2008. Arizona lost 5-4 to the Sox at Fenway and Davis took a no decision.
Red Sox Career Numbers against Doug Davis
- Mike Cameron – 17-for-51 with 6 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs and 11 walks
- Carl Crawford – 1-for-2
- J.D. Drew – 2-for-10 with a home run
- Jacoby Ellsbury – 1-for-4
- Adrian Gonzalez – 7-for-34 with a double, a home run and a walk
- David Ortiz – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
- Dustin Pedroia – 1-for-5 with a home run and a walk
- Jason Varitek – 3-for-11 with a walk
The Cubs will get their first look at one of the best southpaws in the game tonight. Jon Lester is coming off a win at Yankee Stadium. Lester held the Yanks to four runs on five hits in six innings with four walks and seven strikeouts.
Lester has been dominant at Fenway this season. The 27-year old lefty is 2-1 in three home starts with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP … just five runs on 19 hits with six walks and 24 strikeouts in 20 innings.
Tonight is Jon Lester’s first career start versus the Cubs.
Marlon Byrd (1-for-9 with a double), Reed Johnson (0-for-3), Carlos Pena (10-for-34 with a double, five home runs and five walks) and Alfonso Soriano (1-for-3) are the only active Cubs that have faced Jon Lester.
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