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The Red Sox tied a modern major league record Wednesday night against the Twins. It sounds glamorous, I know, but if you didn’t happen to catch the game, allow me to describe the feat. The Sox tossed six wild pitches for the game, and had catcher George Kottaras in the dirt all night. You’d think that this was a game started by Tim Wakefield due to his often-erratic knuckleball, but a wild Daisuke Matsuzaka was on the hill.
Dice-K tied a Red Sox record with four wild pitches of his own as part of his five-inning performance. He allowed three runs on nine hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Of his 102 pitches, 63 went for strikes in a typical Dice-K start. Relievers Manny Delcarmen and Justin Masterson each released a wild pitch of their own, and the Sox tied the major lague record with six wild pitches.
The Sox offense didn’t do much better in banging out just six hits in a 4-2 loss.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF: Mr. Ellsbury’s on fire right now, and is proving to be a very capable leadoff hitter for the Red Sox. Ellsbury knocked in two more hits to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 22 games. He’s now hitting .307 after the 2-4 effort.
George Kottaras, C: He can’t help that he had six wild pitches thrown his way, but part of that is on the catcher. Dice-K claimed that they may have had some signs mixed up, which is definitely possible, as Kottoras has soley caught Wakefield all season. He also had an errant throw which allowed a run to score, and he finished 0-4 with two strikeouts. Get ‘em next time, George.
W: Kevin Slowey (7-1)
L: Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-3)
S: Joe Nathan (8)