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When the knuckleball is not working for Tim Wakefield, he can be one of the worst pitchers in baseball. When it’s on, he’s nearly unhittable. In his previous start, he allowed 11 hits and seven runs in a loss against the Angels. Against the East-leading Blue Jays Tuesday night, Wake was in top form again, allowing just one run (a Kevin Millar HR) on five hits in eight strong innings to earn the win.
David Ortiz started at DH in the No. 3 spot in the batting order for the Sox after three games off to clear his mind. The time off had little effect at least initially, as Ortiz went 0-3 with two strikeouts and a walk in Boston’s 2-1 win.
The Red Sox did all their damage in the second inning with the bottom of the order against Toronto SP Brian Tallet. With two men on, Jeff Bailey singled home Mike Lowell for the first run. George Kottaras hit a sacrifice fly to drive in J.D. Drew, and that was it for the Sox scoring. Two runs got it done Tuesday night, but on most nights it’s not enough.
Tim Wakefield, SP: Wakefield’s start was more important than just his impressive numbers (8 IP, 1 ER, 3 Ks). The Red Sox just lost 4 of 6 games on the West Coast, and really needed a “stopper” effort from Wakefield. They sure got it.
David Ortiz, DH: Julio Lugo also went 0-3, but he’s hitting .314 and actually has a HR, so he’s not a Dud at the moment. Ortiz, on the other hand, is now hitting just .203 with a grand total of zero HRs. Whether or not he was on steroids before and isn’t now, it doesn’t matter. Most of his problem is mental, because he’s gone from 23 HRs to zero! He has as many HRs as I do!
W: Tim Wakefield (5-2)
L: Brian Tallet (2-2)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (11)