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Sox Comeback Fails in 9-8 Defeat

Tim Wakefield really gave the Red Sox no chance to win against the Twins Sunday night, lasting only 2 2/3 innings while allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits, two walks, and two HRs. The Sox bats would not go quietly into the night however, busting out 15 hits and eight runs before falling short in the ninth inning. Joe Nathan earned the save after allowing two runs, but he held the Sox at bay enough to get the Twins the victory.

Sox Stud of the Game:

As mad as I am that Alex Cora is back (because that means Jed Lowrie got sent down to AAA-Pawtucket), he has been amazingly effecient at the plate this season. Before going to the DL, Cora was 3-3 with a double and a walk. He’s no longer perfect on the season, but he’s near it with a 3-4 last night, dropping his average to .857.

Diamond Dud of the Game:

It has to be Tim Wakefield. He was absolutely atrocious on Sunday, ruining the Mother’s Day of many mothers in Red Sox Nation. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: when he’s on, he’s really good…and when’s not on, he’s just about the worst pitcher in the American League.

Here we go with Hammy Ramirez:

Manny Ramirez did not start Sunday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins because of a sore right hamstring. He must’ve tweaked it during pre-game exercises or during the game Saturday. Either way, it gives Jacoby Ellsbury and Coco Crisp a chance to play every day. Manny did pinch hit however in the ninth inning with a chance to win it, but was retired by Nathan in a critical spot.

Other Notes:

  • The David Ortiz Batting Average Watch: 2-4, .241.
  • Craig Monroe went 2-4 with two HRs and four RBIs.

 

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