Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 7, Cubs 4

June, 17, 2012
6/17/12
10:49
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs dropped their fifth consecutive series and ninth in their last 10 tries after a 7-4 interleague defeat Sunday to the Boston Red Sox.

How it happened: There were only four official errors recorded Sunday but there were plenty of other miscues in a sloppy game. The Cubs still found themselves with a chance to win in the seventh inning until the Red Sox scored three times when they were helped by a botched cutoff from Jeff Baker and a throwing error from Welington Castillo. The Cubs tied the game 3-3 in the seventh inning when the Red Sox made two errors.

What it means: The Cubs aren’t the only sloppy team out there, they’re just the one that seems to end up on the short of things most often. The Cubs have now lost 24 of their last 31 games since May 15. They were in another close one Sunday until it started to get away in the seventh inning. Typically Cubs games have been much closer than Sunday’s since 34 of their 66 games have been decided by two runs or less. They are just 11-23 in such games, though.

Outside the box: After a red-hot run that lasted for a month, Alfonso Soriano is starting to cool considerably. He has just one hit over his last four games without an RBI and he didn’t have a hit in the three games against the Red Sox. Soriano entered the series with a National League best 12 home runs since May 15.

Off beat: Father’s Day gifts usually consist of macaroni noodles glued to paper or homemade gift cards in the shape of neck ties. Starlin Castro isn’t a father so his gift consisted of a dropped popup by Dustin Pedroia just behind second base in the third inning. But the gifts didn’t stop there. He was actually credited with a double by the official scorer. One day after Soriano was booed for not running on a line drive to third, Darwin Barney scored all the way from first base on Castro's popup double with two outs.

Up next: The Cubs will travel across town to play in a three-game series with right-hander Matt Garza (2-5, 4.04 ERA) pitching in Monday’s opener. The White Sox will counter with right-hander Zach Stewart (1-1, 5.18) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .284
HRA. Rizzo 29
RBIA. Rizzo 69
RA. Rizzo 80
OPSA. Rizzo .896
ERAT. Wood 4.86
SOJ. Arrieta 122