Game over: Cubs 9, Red Sox 3
It was more like Throw-up Night rather than Throwback Night. The Red Sox had a 3-1 lead squandered with an eight-run Cub eighth inning in which the Red Sox made three errors and Matt Albers blew up. The game lasted 3:51 and attended by 37,798.
Top 8th: Cubs 9, Red Sox 3
One of the ugliest innings this season for the Red Sox. The Cubs scored eight runs. =
First, the Matt Albers Meltdown. Albers has been pretty decent this year or the Sox but he lost it completely in this one. He surrendered singles to Barney and Castro, walked Ramirez after a long battle to load the bases and walked Carlos Pena to force in a run.
Johnson then doubled off the wall, scoring two more runs and Soriano reached base and a run scored. That was all for Albers. Quite frankly, he was in way too long.
Franklin Morales then made his Boston debut. Uggh. Facing Dewitt, Morales got a taste of the Wall. He allowed a double off it, as two more runs scored. Jed Lowrie then dropped a routine pop up to shallow left and another run scored. After a strikeout and a walk, Barney flew out to Drew in right. Drew's throw to the plate kept Soriano from scoring Fukudome was almost at third. That began a rundown that wound up with two errors - one for Youkilis who missed Varitek's throw, and one by Crawford who overthrew home. The Red Sox made three errors in the inning.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 3, Cubs 1
The Red Sox had a chance to extend their lead and create breathing room, but no such luck. Kevin Youkilis singled on a funky play. His ground ball down to third base was overrun by by Ramirez allowing it to get by him into the outfield. A passed ball advanced him and he got as far as third base on ground outs. Jed Lowrie was walked intentionally and the Cubs got Crawford out to end the inning.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 3, Cubs 1
Jacoby Ellsbury singled to right scoring Carl Crawford. Crawford had singled and moved to second on Jason Varitek's walk. Zambrano exited after Pedroia's fielder's choice grounder. The big righthander pitched well but got his pitch count up. Lefty Sean Marshall entered with Gonzalez due up. Gonzalez grounded out to end the inning.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, Cubs 1
Kevin Youkilis broke the Sox HBP record (72) after Zambrano drilled him off the left buttocks. Home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez warned both sides after the HBP. Adrian Gonzalez singled to right just before the hit batter. The infield fly rule was in play on Ortiz' pop to shortstop and J.D. Drew, popped to Zambrano to end the inning. Zambrano has thrown 104 pitches through five.
Aceves is done after five. His line: 5IP, 3H, 1R, 2BB, 2Ks. He threw 86 pitches. Dan Wheeler has come on to preserve this one-run lead, in his first appearance since coming off the DL with a calf strain.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Cubs 1
Alfredo Aceves has given the Red Sox just what they wanted - a quality outing. Don't know how much longer he'll go but they'll take five innings, one run anytime. Rich Hill is warming up.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Cubs 1
David Ortiz homered into the monster seats - his 9th - with Kevin Youkilis aboard as the Sox take the lead. It was Ortiz' 300th Red Sox homer. The Sox rallied for more with Lowrie walking and Varitek singling to rightfield, but Ellsbury lined out.
Top 4th: Cubs 1, Red Sox 0
Alfonso Soriano singled with one out. The Red Sox extended the ballpark silence into the fourth inning.
Bottom 3rd: Cubs 1, Red Sox 0
A 1-2-3 inning for Zambrano.
Top 3rd: Cubs 1, Red Sox 0
The "silent" inning as part of the throwback night. Video and PA is off. The video screen has a team photo of the 1918 Red Sox while the other has a score sheet. No music, reflecting what it was like at a game in 1918. Pretty great, just the game. There are guys shouting out the batter's name on each dugout with a megaphone. Aceves got himself in big trouble by walking two straight batters (Fukudome and Barney) with one out. With two outs, Ramirez blooped a double to left-center scoring the first Cubs run. The inning ended with a ground out by Pena. The organ is playing between innings, again, a reflection of the typical 1918 game..
Byrd update:: He's been taken to a local hospital for observation. Has some swelling and bleeding under his left eye.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Cubs 0
Jed Lowrie singled with one out, but the Sox couldn't muster any advancement. Carl Crawford flew out to right and Jason Varitek grounded out to second base.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Cubs 0
Scary inning for the Cubs as Marlon Byrd had to leave the game for pinch-runner Reed Johnson after Alfredo Aceves hit part helmet and part-forehead with a pitch. Byrd was knocked down and got up quickly but looked to be in pain. Aceves collected himself and retired Alfonso Soriano and Blake DeWitt to end the inning. There's a strange fog rolling through the ballpark right now.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Cubs 0
Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher's interference when Cubs backstop Koyle Hill reached out to catch a Carlos Zambrano pitch and made contact with Ellsbury's bat. Dustin Pedroia popped out to shortstop, Adrian Gonzalez flew out to center. Ellsbury stole his 15th base followed by a Kevin Youkilis walk. But David Ortiz flew out to left ending the threat.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Cubs 0
First pitch was 7:16. It's 53 degrees. Alfredo Aceves threw a first pitch strike to Kosuke Fukudome, then hit him with a pitch above the right knee. Darwin Barney singled on a ball that exploded on Dustin Pedroia and went by him. After Starlin Castro struck out, Aramis Ramirez knocked into a 5-4-3 double play.
Nice pregame ceremony with Dr. Louis Zamperini and Julia Ruth Stevens, Babe Ruth's granddaughter, throwing out the first pitch. The National Anthem was played on the organ and the fans sang it here on throwback night. The Sox are wearing their 1918 jerseys with white caps. We'll have game updates shortly.