21 July 2010
The Red Sox lost a tough one last night and missed a chance to gain some ground on the Yankees and Rays who also lost.
The game really came down to one bad inning from Wakefield. With a 4-0 lead in the 3rd, Wake allowed a double to Crisp and walked Barton. Then he and Cash were unable to stop a double steel by the A's that put runners at 2nd and 3rd. With one out and a chance to limit the damage, Wake plunked Suzuki and then coughed up a 2-run double, a passed ball tha scored Suzuki and a sac fly to Louzmanoff that tied the score 4-4.
Overall, Wakefield settled in and pitched 6 innings, allowed 3 earned runs and left the game tied and in the hands of the bullpen.
That's when the ump took over. You can get the details here, but we'll just say that the some bad calls or "no-calls" put the Sox in a sticky situation in the 10th and Michael Bowden gave up the game-winning hit to Kouzmanoff.
Bottom Line: We all know that the knuckleball is a tricky thing. It's helped Wake throw complete game shutouts and bounced him out of game after 1 or 2 innings. It's like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.
Last night, we got one bad inning and more mediocrity from the offense... and the results weren't good. You can blame Wake, or you can blame the ump, but after 4 quick ones, the offense stranded a runner in the 4th, left the bases loaded in the 5th AND 6th, stranded another runner in the 7th and left two men on in the 10th.
We lost this one at the plate.
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