Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Red Sox 15 – May 20, 2011

It was a game we expected the Cubs to lose, and they did. But you hate to see the Cubs score five off of one of the best pitchers in baseball, only to have their pitchers given them absolutely no chance to win. James Russell was the only guy who had anything.

I think we can all agree on two things: (1) It was a really sweet idea to have Bill Buckner call the game with Len Kasper, and (2) it was absolutely painful to listen to. The only color Buckner brought to the game was grey. I’m not entirely sure how Len managed to keep his pencil out of his eye.

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22 responses to “Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Red Sox 15 – May 20, 2011”

  1. Jeff

    Terrible indictment of the pitching depth on the major league team. The last 3 or 4 pitchers on the roster end up hurting the team over and over, year after year. Nobody could have foreseen two starters going down at the beginning of the year, nobody should be expected to be prepared for that situation. Except Jim Hendry and the Cubs should be prepared, it’s happened before.
    Russell pitched well in his correct role, but as long as the Cubs keep sending out the inconsistent back end of the rotation starters and middle relievers, nothings going to change. Don’t want to keep harping on it, but it sure would have been nice to have Gorzelanny or even Braden Looper for some of these games.

  2. Joey

    F*ing worthless Davis! They better wake up and use someone like Russell for the 5th spot next time around!!!

    ;)

    But seriously, I’m fearful that Jim Reactendry will be second guessing the Davis/Russell swap after this game and it scares the crap out of me…

  3. awesome

    what? he didn’t play Baker in LF cause he only has 45 games as an OF’er. so he started Soriano in LF cause of his experience, lol.

    now he’s thinking of playing DeWitt in LF Saturday, how many games has he got as an OF’er? Quade is a joke.

    i put the game on in the 8th inning. someone hit a ball off the LCF wall, you could see Soriano come across the screen. good back up i thought, but he kept going toward CF and past Byrd before he even had the ball. to me that’s an error from an “experienced” OF’er as Quade called him.

    is Buckner a commentator anywhere? he was bad, boring.

  4. Joey

    Oh, and was nice to see Samardzija back to normal… :(

  5. Serio

    Bill Buckner sounds like Sam Elliott

  6. Dan0mite

    I can’t give Buckner too much shit. He isn’t a commentator anywhere. Yeah he was sorta nervous and boring but anyone that doesn’t have a career in it may be. So I am willing to give him a break.

    P.S.
    I’m drunk at Corner Pocket.

  7. Raymond Robert Koenig

    Can we say Boston Massacre? Are we looking at a sweep, or might the Cubs salvage a win on the weekend?

  8. Michigan Goat

    I switched to the MLB broadcast because Buckner was so bad, I was screaming at him as much as Quade bringing in Maine in such a high pressure situation. However made the Buckner decision should be ashamed, he could have joined them in the booth but to give him the full color responsibilities was poor planning

    Worse part is I so rarely get to listen to Len and Bob and I just couldn’t listen

  9. Michigan Goat

    Best part of the game: when the cub fans then Saltammmmaaaccima home run part

  10. Michigan Goat
  11. Raymond Robert Koenig

    Don’t feel too bad, Ace. Before every Cub game I think they’re going to win that day. Then they play.

  12. Ian James

    I like Baker batting third – anyone as long it’s not Castro….
    And in my own personal RBI watch Johnson has moved ahead of Byrd 13-11.

  13. Roughriider

    The Sun Times had an article “Cubs Seek A Bosox Injection”. They got one alright and they broke it off.

    As far as the pitching is concerned. Hey, at least it isn’t as bad as 1985 when 4 of the Cub starters were on injured reserve at the same time. Yet

  14. Raymond Robert Koenig

    And by the end of the ’85 season the Cubs had so many injured players, they couldn’t put any more on the DL and had to wait ’til rosters expanded in September to get more healthy bodies. True.

  15. Jamesjones

    I also enjoyed Len Kasper calling Bill Buckner..Bob Brenley. Len looked suicidal in the booth.

    1. jstraw

      Brenly

  16. TSB

    Instead of Billy Bucks, they should have gotten Mr. Bill