Things looked pretty bleak for the Boston Red Sox after a 3-0 loss to the MLB-worst Chicago Cubs on Friday night. The Sox had fallen below .500 yet again, and the stagnant offense could not find a way to scratch out a run against a terrible opponent.
However, despite the blistering Chicago heat, the Sox managed to remain cool and composed, taking the next two games (and the series). They got strong pitching first from Jon Lester and then surprise starter Franklin Morales.
The news wasn’t all good, as two more players hit the DL for the beleaguered Boston nine. Ryan Sweeney (foot) and Josh Beckett (shoulder inflammation) were both shelved prior to Sunday’s game, only adding to the Sox’s already comical array of injuries.
The Sox offense continued to be erratic, scoring 11 runs over the three games against a team that averages 4.58 runs allowed per game. They got big hits from David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, both of whom are proving to be the two most reliable bats in the lineup.
The Sox will head back to Fenway to begin an interleague series with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, but before they do, let’s take a look back at five key lessons from this past weekend’s clash at Wrigley.