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Cubs shut out Red Sox for first time in 94 years

Jun 15, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

Ryan Dempster AP

The last time the Cubs shut out the Red Sox, Fenway Park was six years old. This year, it’s celebrating its centennial.

Ryan Dempster blanked the Red Sox for seven innings Friday as part of a 3-0 Cubs victory. It was the first time the Cubs had shut out Boston since Game 5 of the 1918 World Series.

That was also a 3-0 game, with Hippo Vaughn beating Sad Sam Jones. A day later, the Red Sox bounced back behind Carl Mays and won their last World Series for 86 years. The Cubs, of course, haven’t won since 1908.

Enough with the history lesson, though. Today was all about Dempster, who upped his scoreless streak to 22 innings. Baseball’s unluckiest pitcher while going winless in his first eight starts, he’s now 3-3 with a 2.11 ERA this season.

Dempster helped himself today by going 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored. The triple was a ball that a quality right fielder probably would have caught. Adrian Gonzalez, though, should have simply let it drop for a single. Instead, he made an ill-advised dive and played it into a triple.

The Red Sox lost despite outhitting the Cubs 5-4, going 4-for-4 stealing bases and getting help from three Cubs errors, including one while they were in the process of loading the bases in the ninth. They never could push a run across, though. Batting with a total of five runners in scoring position, Dustin Pedroia made the final outs of the fifth, seventh and ninth innings.

Daisuke Matsuzaka was the loser for Boston. He was in classic Dice-K form in his second start back after Tommy John surgery; in the first inning, he walked three batters and gave up a two-run double to give the Cubs the early lead. He never walked another batter and he was pretty terrific from the third inning on — he retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced in his six innings — but it didn’t really matter with no runs on the way.

  1. dan1111 - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Sad Sam Jones just got a little sadder.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    So are the Sox going to try to trade for Dempster? Who would they offer?

    • dan1111 - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      They’ll trade Bobby Valentine for Epstein and Dempster, as long as the Cubs pick up some of Bobby’s contract.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      The Jays just lost to injury, their third starting pitcher in less than a week. It is time to repatriate Dempster back to “Our Home And Native Land”.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:21 PM

        Dempster and Morneau coming home would be sweet.

  3. randygnyc - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    I’d guess the sox will be sellers this year. It’s one thing to be down 7 games in mid June. It’s quite another to be down 7 in the AL East and have to leap frog all those monster teams. Additionally, I don’t think they are 1 starting pitcher away from being a competitive team. We’ll know for sure in just a few short weeks.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 15, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      Once their starting outfield comes off the DL they might be a tad more competitive.

      • bozosforall - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM

        Not really, since their replacements have overachieved in their absence. The differential won’t be any higher.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 16, 2012 at 3:49 AM

        That’s the most coherent thing you’ve ever said. Bravo.

  4. uyf1950 - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Theo Epstein must have had just the greatest day imaginable today.

    • bloodysock - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      Really? I guess he has no motivation to build a winner then.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        What Epstein had today was the motivation of putting it to your former Boss and team that basically kicked him to the curb.

  5. randygnyc - Jun 15, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Yeah, well, Ellsbury has been hurt for 2 of the last 3 years. Sure, he was effective last year, but look where that got them. And Crawford, well, he’s been a non factor, or worse, since he signed that lifetime, resource draining contract. You keep waiting, hold your breath, too

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Other people have said this so I know it goes right over your head, but those were injuries that could have happened to anyone. Why you think that will affect him once he comes off the DL this year is beyond me. Crawford should have a better season than last, because really he can’t do much worse. Then there’s Ross, who had been swinging the bat well before his injury.

    • bozosforall - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM

      Subtract the overachieving production from what the stars MIGHT bring and it’s a wash. Crawford MIGHT be better, but Ellsbury won’t match last year. Sox miss the playoffs once again, continuing the choking of the Boston franchises.

  6. randygnyc - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Proudly- dempster going to Toronto is much more likely than going to Boston, IMO. I also think, this year, some teams that normally find themselves not in a playoff race, will be very aggressive. Teams like Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cleveland have lots of young talent and have a chance to make a run, that, however unlikely, is upon us.

  7. sportsjoker - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Go Cubs Go! We’ll miss Demp but he’ll bring us a solid prospect or two.

  8. thebigwhitecat - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I hope the Red Sox fans are better behaved here. The Tigers fans were a bunch of loud-mouthed alcoholics.

  9. zer0s1gnal - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Is Theo the reason we are in this mess, or is it creepy Larry and John.

  10. cubspaperboy - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Cubs need a sweep at Wrigley to salvage a horrific season. Reminds me of all through the 60s when I delivered my extra Herald American afternoon paper to either Ernie, Billy, Ron or Fergie after getting a ticket stub from a business man leaving in disgust. Must have seen the Cubbies lose a thousand games that decade or so it seemed ’til ’69 when they fielded half the NL Allstars but quit winning in late August and all I saw were Blue L flags from the El coming north from my lifeguard job at North Ave. Beach. That broke the. North side’s collective heart. Then came ’84 when we killed the Friars in both games at Wrigley and lost the heartbreaking five hole Bull Durham and then the infamous Garvey homer game. Now they go 2-2-1 not 2-3 to preserve the home field advantage.
    How about the latest heartache of the Bartman foul ball debacle in ’03? Well I know Moises catches that ball if Walkman Boy doesn’t flub it…at least catch the damn thing like Jeffrey Meyer did for the Yanks. Then there is less angst and negative karma swirling around and Gonzales actually turns that tailor made double play ball.
    But the Billy Goat Curse of Sam Sianis runs strong and.that was that the Cubs would never again play in the WS.
    No pennants since ’45, longer than most Cub fans have been alive! My Grandpa Tom Carey saw them win in ’08 with his Dad, my Great Grandpa, also Tom Carey who was born before the Civil War ended and had his 100th Birthday party at Wrigley in 1965… the Cubs actually beat the Bums that day with Holtzman besting Koufax.
    The Boston Whiners have won a couple WS in the last decade, hell they beat us in ’18 with the Babe winning a couple games as a pitcher and they sell him to the Damn Yankees to set up their own Curse of the Bambino, truly a self inflicted wound unlike our curse it has been broken…so stop the whining already.
    Maybe by sweeping the Boston Bambinoless Red Stonks whiners the former winning Orphans can finally cast off that curse by Billy Goat Tavern owner Sam Sianis and finally bring a winning WS team to Wrigley Field, the true Cathedral of Baseball, after 96 years of playing in the old Whales home! I pray it happens soon.

  11. cubspaperboy - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

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