Cash Will Carry...Red Sox 5 D'backs 0
In the oldest pitching matchup ever at Fenway Park, Tim Wakefield and three relievers bested Randy Johnson and blanked the Arizona Diamondbacks, limiting them to just 3 hits. Timmy went seven strong, allowing two of those hits, Little Manny Delcarmen threw a scoreless eighth, extending his scoreless streak to 11 straight appearances, and Hansen was called on to pitch the ninth. He couldn't do it, leaving with the bases loaded and two down. Five Papelbon pitches later, the game was over and the victory was secured. The biggest hit in the game was a three run eighth inning tater from catcher Kevin Cash that went into the parking lot beyond the Monster Seats. He said this after the game...
"It was a big hit, but it was a bigger hit because they loaded the bases against us in the ninth inning," Cash said. "He threw me some fastballs inside, but he threw me a slider that caught too much of the plate and I got it. It felt good to contribute like that."
Peter here, and Cash has been a pleasant surprise at the plate AND behind it. He is now batting .241 and has proven himself to be great at catching the knuckleball. He said this about that very subject, the knuckie...
"All the time, I hear little comments," catcher Kevin Cash said. "Batters ask me a lot, 'How do you catch that?' If they're asking me how I catch it, imagine how hard it is to hit it."
Well said, Kevin. Last night, Wakefield's offerings were indeed tough to hit, and we all hope this modest hot streak continues for a long time. He has allowed three runs or less over 7 plus innings in 6 straight starts. His ERA over that span is 2.09. Great job, old timer! After an off day today, the Red Sox go to Houston for the final three NL/AL games. Thank you BFW!
Click on the title for more Soxiness, and have a very wonderful Thursday. And think, just a little more than a week to go before the Fourth of July weekend is here. That's hard to believe! As always, BE WELL. I'll leave you with the latest AL East standings, with the Good Guys right where they're supposed to be, and the surprising Rays matching us step for step...
East W L PCT GB Strk
Boston 49 32 .605 --- W2
Tampa Bay 46 31 .597 1 W2
NY Yankees 42 36 .538 5½ W1
Baltimore 39 37 .513 7½ L1
Toronto 37 42 .468 11 L1