So once again for about the 3rd time in the six weeks the Boston Red Sox were featured on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. The Sox did not fail to disappoint either as they took care of business in front of the national audience.
Tim Wakefield got the spot start last night, in what could be his very last big stage. Wakie went 6 2/3 innings last night, and he was brilliant throughout. Wake’s knuckleball had the Cubbies guessing for most of the night. Wakefield had an unreal pitch count for most of the game, and even departed after throwing only 75 pitches. Wake’s line for the night was 4 hits, one run, no walks or strikouts. Not bad for a guy that is pushing 45 years old. The bullpen followed Wake’s lead, allowing only two base runners from the 7th inning on. Daniel Bard who has been super shakey as of late, look strong last night going 1 1/3 innings last night. The Red Sox were forced to use 2 spot startes over the weekend, both pitchers combined to pitch 11 2/3 innings, giving up two total runs, all in all not a bad performance.
The offense had another strong night against the make-shift pitchers of the Cubs last night, with Adrian Gonzalez in particular having a great night. For the 2nd time this year Gonzalez recorded a 4 hit night, for the series versus the Cubs, Gonzalez was an amazing 10 for 15. The heart of the Sox line up had a great night, as Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz also contributed with 3 RBI’s. The Sox went old school in the 4th inning, scoring two runs via the sac fly. All in all the offense had a pretty solid night, hell even the catcher got involved in the offense, adding a solo homerun in the 5th inning. The Sox start today only a 1/2 game out of first place, and it is really bad news for the AL East if the Sox’s catcher’s start to get involved in the offense.
The Sox now head to Cleveland for a three game series that will feature the top of the rotation for both teams. The Sox were swept away by Cleveland in early April, so they look to get back on track versus the AL Central divison leaders. The Sox will play seven games versus the AL Central this week, 3 vs the Indians and finishing up in Detroit with a 4 game series vs the Tigers.