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Saturday, May 21, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 9, Red Sox 3

By Bruce Levine

BOSTON – A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 9-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night at Fenway Park

The good: Good things come to those who wait, and that happened for the Cubs when they sent 12 men to the plate in the eighth inning, scoring eight runs. The Red Sox took a page out of the Cubs’ book, making multiple errors in the crooked-number inning. Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker got it done once again for the North siders. Johnson had a two-run double and Baker had a pinch RBI double. Carlos Zambrano tried to give his team as many innings as he could, throwing 122 pitches in 5 2/3.

The bad: The bad this evening was more like “the ugly”. Centerfielder Marlon Byrd was hit in the face by a fastball from Red Sox starter Alfredo Aceves in the second inning, sustaining a cut and swelling under his left eye. Byrd left the ballpark to be evaluated at a local medical facility.

Beyond the box score: The Cubs are contemplating a bullpen day after Sunday’s scheduled starter Matt Garza was scratched with tightness in his elbow. A call-up or two from Triple-A to bolster the bullpen is a possibility.

Up next: Lefthander James Russell will start for the Cubs in Sunday night’s series finale against Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.