Wakefield Too Much For Cubs As Red Sox Roll 5-1

Cubs Offense Manages Only Five Hits in Rubber Match Against Red Sox.

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Cubs Fall In Series Finale To Red Sox

One of the main storylines coming into the Cubs/Red Sox series finale Sunday night, was Matt Garza being scratched from his scheduled start with elbow tightness. Unfortunately it was the Cubs inability to hit Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball that was the biggest factor in Boston’s 5-1 win.

Wakefield was dominant in his third start of the season. He went six and two thirds innings allowing one run on just four hits. The righty improved his record to 1-1 on the season.

James Russell (1-5) took the loss for the Cubs. Russell went four innings and allowed just three runs and kept the Cubs in the game.

The Cubs closed the gap to 3-1 in the seventh thanks to an RBI double by Jeff Baker. That would be the closest the Cubs would get though. In the bottom of the seventh Kevin Youkilis hit a triple off Kerry Wood that knocked in two runs and put the game out of reach.

Before the game the Cubs placed Marlon Byrd on the DL. Byrd was struck in the face by a pitch Saturday evening and suffered multiple facial fractures.

The Cubs now return home. They have an off day Monday and begin a nine game homestand Tuesday against the New York Mets.

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Cubs Take On Red Sox In Battle Of Replacement Starters

The Cubs and Red Sox will meet Sunday evening in the rubber match of their first series at Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series. Although this series had a lot of hype among the two teams' fan bases, it hasn't been a great series in terms of quality baseball. The Red Sox won on Friday Night 15-5 with the Cubs committing four errors, and the Red Sox returned the favor on Saturday Night committing three errors in helping the Cubs cruise to a 9-3 victory.

Taking the ball for the Cubs Sunday will be James Russell. Russell has been both a spot starter and reliever for the Cubs this season. The lefty comes in with a 1-4 record and a 6.26 ERA. Matt Garza was scheduled to pitch for the Cubs but was scratched do to tightness in his elbow. Garza will be evaluated by team physicians on Monday.

The ageless Tim Wakefield will pitch for Boston. The 44-year-old knuckleballer is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA this season. Wakefield has primarily pitched out of the bullpen this year but has been added to the rotation in part because of injuries to John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

The scheduled time for Sunday's first pitch is 7:05 CST. The weather forecast at the time of first pitch is party cloudy with temps in the 50s. The game can be seen on ESPN.

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