Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Wakefield's Knuckies Sting Rays

Six no-hit innings, eight shutout innings....quite a job by Tim Wakefield as he led his Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 whitewashing of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. From the time he started his warmups, something special was in the air, as the ball was moving and dancing. Said his manager Terry Francona.........

"[Wakefield] has been a blessing," Francona said. "I think it goes under the radar sometimes, because of the way he pitches. I hope it doesn't. He's been phenomenal ... and he's not done."

Peter here, and he wasn't under the radar last night, that's for sure! His line reads like this-eight innings pitched, no runs, two (!!) hits and 6 strikeouts. Carl Crawford's ground ball single starting off the 7th inning was the first hit that Wakes gave up, and the crowd rose and showed him their appreciation. Paps came on to record his 28th save with a 20 pitch ninth. And with Kazmir going against Lester today, it was a must win. But right now they ALL seem like must wins, what with the Yankees breathing down our necks and still refusing to lose. They scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to beat the visiting Orioles, and remain 4 games back.

I have a treat for you, my faithful readers. Click on the title of this post for the Boston Globe's Nick Carfado's article on why the Sox won't lose the lead in the AL East. Here's a taste.....

"If you're going to make a case for why the Red Sox will not lose their lead in the AL East, it was precisely what we saw last night: Their starting pitching is too good."

Peter here, and Nick, I hope you're right. There is a big four game series coming up with the mighty (right now, they are!) LA Angels, and every game from here on out is so important. Today my hopes rest with Jon Lester, who hasn't had a good outing since he came up to the big club. And facing a team like the Devil Rays, this surely is the night for it. If he struggles against THEM, well, we'll reserve judgement until this time tomorrow. Enjoy your Tuesday, and click on that title for a really great article.


At 8/14/2007 10:15 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...


You're invited to that post

At 8/14/2007 10:46 AM, Blogger Suldog said...

Wake was (is) magnificent. Love watching the Rays flail away at the air.

At 8/14/2007 10:47 AM, Blogger Sox in the City said...

I too, was encouraged by Wakefield's masterful performance last night. He was off the charts. And I love seeing Paps' intensity again. We need to feed off of that. I hope Lester's return to Fenway tonight is as strong is it will be emotional.

At 8/14/2007 11:08 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Thanks Michael!
Sul, I hope they flair tonight.
And Sox in the City, the emotion will BE there...I just hope his pitches are not all over the place!

Thanks guys!

At 8/14/2007 12:48 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Hi Peter...I love your title! Great outing for Wakefield.

At 8/14/2007 12:53 PM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Hooray for Wake! Great outing last nite. Let's hope Sox fans' love will inspire Jon tonight. You keep dissing all of Jon's starts since he made it back up saying he's been horrendous and hasn't had a good outing, but have you forgotten his first start in Cleveland last month? Six innings and only 2 runs is a quality start. While it may not have been the most beautiful game ever pitched, it was good enough for the win. And that's the most important thing. Let's hope more of those emotions that night will be felt tonight and inspire him to another good performance and a big W for our team.

At 8/14/2007 1:50 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Kristin, I love your comments, too!
Hey BFW...I didn't forget...please please let him be effective without wasting 90 plus pitches in 3 plus innings tonight! I'm not a basher..I admire him more than anyone...but he HAS to pitch better!


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