Hot day in Chicago. Here’s a preview of the game:
RED SOX (31-33)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (3-4, 4.57)
Pitching: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 3.96)
Game time: 7:15 p.m.
TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI
Cubs vs. Lester: DeJesus 1-15, Johnson 2-6, Soriano 3-6, Baker 4-4, Barney 1-4, Castro 0-4, LaHair 0-2, Valbuena 0-2.
Red Sox vs. Samardzija: Punto 1-1, Youkilis 0-2, Gonzalez 1-1, McDonald 0-1, Ortiz 1-1, Pedroia 0-1, Salty 0-0 (with a walk).
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox bullpen has allowed two earned runs over 18.2 innings in the last eight games while striking out 18.
Notes: Lester has faced the Cubs once, last May 20. He allowed a career-worst 12 hits (over six innings) but won the game as the Sox scored 15 runs. … Samardzija pitched in that game, allowing five runs (three earned) in an innings. … Podsednik is 9 of 22 in his last five games. … The Sox are 7.5 games out of first, matching their biggest deficit of the season. They have lost five of seven and eight of 11.
Song of the Day: “Helplessly Hoping” by Crosby, Stills & Nash.