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  • September 14th, 2011

    Red Sox 18, Toronto 6:
    Wake’s 200th!

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:55 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Holy Buckets! I guess the EIGHTH time is the charm for Tim Wakefield, who recorded his 200th career win (and 186th win in a Red Sox uniform) after 17 years in the bigs. And I am OH SO glad it came at Fenway, where he could be honored the way he was… Tim weighs in: “I’m very grateful; one, that it’s over with; two, that it was able to happen here at Fenway Park in front of our home crowd. Going outside and seeing the signs and all the people and my teammates came out in support, that says a lot about everything that’s gone on in my career and tonight. I’m kind of speechless when it comes to that, but I’m very grateful that I’ve been able to wear this uniform as long as I have and reach the milestone I thought I’d never reach. Just very grateful.”

    And it was a resounding win for the Red Sox, who bought themselves a game in the Wild Card standing (4 games are now between them and Tampa Bay, as they lost to the Oreos last night)

    Tim’s line: 6 IP, throwing 96 pitches, 62 for strikes, and giving up 5 runs on 6 hits (including 2 homers) while walking 2, hitting a batter, and striking out 6. This win improves his 2011 record to the winning side of 7-6…Fortunately the offense was ON FIRE, with just about everyone in the Red Sox lineup contributing to this win–but no more than Dustin Pedroia, and Jacoby Ellsbury, who both went 4-5, and who had 8 hits–including 3 homers, and 8 RBI’s, between the 2 of them…

    Honestly, I could see Pedroia in the clubhouse before the game saying, “OK, everyone, this nonsense has gone on long enough, we need the win for Wake, and for the team, so let’ get this &(*#&@(*#&@ thing done…” But then again, his probably would have A LOT more cursing…

    And while this one turned into a laugher–it wasn’t for the first 5 innings, where the Sox and Toronto traded leads back and forth, and it looked like Tim might be denied an 8th time…But then the offense exploded in the bottom of the 6th with 4 runs–and after that–I could have went out and pitched, and the lead would have been safe….

    And Josh Beckett is back! Or will be, that is. After throwing a bullpen session earlier this week, he has been cleared to resume pitching. And it’s looking like Friday Night against Tampa Bay. If he is really OK, the Sox dodged a MAJOR bullet on this one–he missed only the 1 start, after spraining ankle on September 5th…

    Speaks of backs, Big Papi was a last minute scratch last night, the reason being back spasms. Jed Lowrie DH’ed in his stead. Also last night, David Ortiz was honored as the Red Sox’s Roberto Clement nominee. Tim Wakefield won the honor in 2010…

    As if he didn’t have enough problems the season, Bobby Jenks was discovered to have a small pulmonary embolism. He is being treated with medication, and is expected to make a full recovery. He has been on his 3rd DL stint since July 7th, and it was common knowledge that he season was over, even before this latest health.

    And so now JD Drew’s sprained middle finger is now a BROKEN middle finger…Would someone tell this guy his season is over, and that he needs to retire already?

    Still doing the long toss thing, That Clay Person may progress to a bullpen session at the end of this week. If that goes well, we may see him again this year.

    And can I tell you that every time Rem Dawg and DO say “Arencibia” and “Saltalamacchia” like a BILLION times in a game, it makes my teeth ache…deliver me from the catchers with the 47 syllables in their names…

    Coming up: The final game against Toronto for the 2011 campaign, with John Lackey getting the start, opposed by Ricky Romero. Let’s hope the offense once again shows up, and that Ricky returns to his past ineffectiveness against the Sox, because with Yukky Lackey on the mound, 18 runs may not be enough….1st pitch 1:35pm….

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    Wake’s 200th!”

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