It's rare when the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox get together for a series, but it happened this week. And the Cubs made the best of their opportunities and beat the Sox 16-9 on Wednesday evening. It marks the first time the Cubs have completed a sweep in Boston.
The theme of the day was long ball, as the Cubs connected on three homers during the game, getting two-run shots from Justin Ruggiano, Mike Olt, and Welington Castillo to help the Cubs power their way to victory. Nate Schierholtz chimed in with a solo shot in the eighth to add on to the damage. In fact, every Cub hitter registered at least a base hit before the night was done.
On the mound, it was a quick night for starter Travis Wood. He was chased after just 3 and 2/3 innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits. He also issued four walks, not helping his own cause. The bullpen was able to hold things down, though allowing three more runs in the process.
The Boston pitching staff obviously didn't have a great night. Brandon Workman survived four innings, before he was pulled. He gave up six runs on just five hits, but he gave up three walks and two big home runs in the process. The bullpen went south from there. Two of the relievers were each responsible for two runs. Then more disaster struck in the top of the ninth, as the Cubs sent 10 men to the late en route to delivering six more runs to close out the offensive portion of their night.
But the Sox tried to make things interesting in the bottom of the ninth. They were able to pick up three more runs, but couldn't close the gap any further. Justin Grimm shut things down in the final frame, striking out the final two batters to end the game.
It was a historic night for the Cubs, as even Darwin Barney missed a home run of hitting for the cycle. Their offense simply teed off on Boston pitching. With the win, the Cubs will take a break on Thursday as they travel to Washington for a weekend set with the Nationals. The Red Sox on the other hand, will host the Baltimore Orioles beginning Friday night.