Sunday, September 06, 2009

The Red Sox Tread Water With Another Loss...Chicago WS 5 Boston 0

The Boston Red Sox had a chance to add a game to their American League wild card lead because Baltimore actually won a game (!!!) and beat Texas. The Sox, however, lost to the Chicago White Sox yet again by a score of 5-1 to keep their WC lead at 2. Tim Wakefield was able to go 6 innings but he gave up 4 big ones on 6 hits, walking 3 and whiffing 4. The other CWS run was surrendered by the recently struggling Hideki Okajima in the bottom of the 8th. Boston was only able to muster 3 hits...that won't add up to a victory too many times during the course of a season. You have to give the credit to White Sox starter Gavin Floyd, who was mesmerizing. But back to Wakefield...he was courageous to even go out to the mound and attempt to pitch. We who saw the game noticed that he was still in pain, he STILL was hobbled. Nick Green, the Boston shortstop, had this to say after the game...

“Watching him run over there (to first base), it was kind of painful to watch,” shortstop Nick Green said. “But it was admirable for him to go out there and pitch as well as he did.”

Pedey Pedroia summed up Timmy's effort...

“He battled,” second baseman Dustin Pedroia said of Wakefield. “That’s all we could ask, especially at this time of year.”

And the man himself, the beloved Timmah Wakefield, was honest in this personal assesment...

“It hurts to walk,” Wakefield said. “It is what it is. It’s basically about managing the pain, getting through it and being able to pitch. I tried to keep us in the game as long as possible. Unfortunately, Gavin Floyd pitched a great game.”

And so it goes. The wild card lead over the Rangers is still stuck on 2 games. Boston has 2 games left in Chicago and this afternoon it'll be Lester and Danks. If Boston can score a couple crooked numbers on their half of the scoreboard this afternoon, they should win today. Lester has been THAT good. Every game counts bigtime this time of year. GO JON.

I hope your Labor Day weekend is going along slendidly. Mine has been quiet without Nadia here, but somewhat peaceful, too. I like it. You can click on the title of this post for more on last night's 3 hit Red Sox effort and as always, BE WELL. Thanks for being here.

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