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  • June 9th, 2011

    Red Sox 11, Skanks 6:
    One win closer to 200…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:46 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Tim Wakefield always has the chance to win. With every start, the potential is there to throw a no-hitter–or give up 6 runs in the blink of an eye–that is the way of the fickle mistress known as the knuckleball.

    Last night’s contest had the added wrinkle that Jason Varitek was to catch Wake because his “personal catcher”, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, had the flu and needed to go to the hospital to make sure it was just the flu, so he was not available…And we know that, despite being one of the best catchers in the game, ‘Tek catching said knuckleball is always a high stress event–remember ALCS 2004?…

    Finally, there always seems to be the whole “offense goes into a collective slumber” thing that frequently happens when Wake is on the mound…

    Fortunately, none of these things happened last night, allowing Wake to get his 3rd win of the year, his 196th overall, and his 182nd in a Red Sox uniform. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but a win all the same:

    Wake’s line: Throwing 91 pitches, 56 for strikes, he went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits (including a homer) while walking and striking out 3, with a wild pitch and 1 hit batsman–and ‘Tek only had 1 passed ball in the span, which is excellent….

    Then Alfredo Aceves, who must have been LOVING it, came in and finished out the game, pitching 3.2 innings of 1 run ball (plus one of the runs of Wake’s he allowed to score) while striking out 4, for his 1st save in his Red Sox career. My favorite part of his outing was when he got Jeter to GIDP to get out of a jam and end the inning—Good Times! Guess the Skanks are probably pretty regretful they let him leave…

    So, Wake as the starter, and Aceves as the long man? Sound perfect to me…And now the Sox have a completely rested bullpen for tonight’s game–but if Beckett continues to be the Beckett of 2011, they may get another day’s rest…

    And, apparently Bobby Jenks’ balky back IS becoming “a thing” as the Sox have put him back on the DL with “left back tightness” Ducky…

    Jed Lowrie, who had a MRI on his back/shoulder yesterday, will probably not need to go on the DL, and the initial results from the testing have not indicated any damage. He may be back as soon as tonight…

    And that may be a very good thing–apparently Dustin Pedroia’s knee has been bothering him, and possible surgery in the cards–if that happens, the Sox will need both Jed Lowrie and Marco Scutaro to play every day….Fortunately, if that does happen, he would only need to be out about 4-6 weeks….He is going back to Boston today to have Sox physician Dr. Gill take a look…

    Rich Hill will have his Tommy John Surgery today, which will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Florida. And, apparently, Daisuke will have his surgery tomorrow, performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in LA…A 12-15 month recovery time is expected, so they could both be back around the All-Star game–in 2012…

    Neato stat: When punk AJ Burnett pitched for Toronto, he owned the Sox, with a 5-0 record with a 2.56 ERA in 8 starts. Since pitching for the Skanks, his record against the Sox, also in 8 starts? 0-4 with an 8.71 ERA…HA HA…

    Finally, Chris Jaffe from The Hardball Times sent along this very cool article commemorating the anniversary of Wade Bogs and the “cowboy boot” injury that happened a quarter of a century ago. In addition, it’s the anniversary of Yaz’s 2,000th hit, and his 500th double. You can check out the whole article here

    Coming up: The Sox will go for the sweep of the Skanks in a marquee match up: Josh Beckett and CC Sabathia…I like the Sox chances. 1st pitch 7:05pm…

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    One win closer to 200…”

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