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Tim Wakefield entered Wednesday’s game against the Yankees tied for the team lead in wins with a 7-3 record, but has not pitched well as of late. In his previous three outings, Wake was 2-1 with 14 ER allowed in 17.1 innings pitched. Luckily, he was lined up to face Chien-Ming Wang, who sported a horrible 14.46 ERA entering the game.
Wang dropped his ERA to 14.34 after allowing just four runs in 2.2 innings, but took the loss in Boston’s 6-5 win. Wang allowed six hits and three walks, and he’s now allowed more runs than innings pitched in every start this season. Wakefield, meanwhile, allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings to earn his team-leading eighth win of the season.
J.D. Drew, RF: Kevin Youkilis hit what ended up being the game-winning HR, but J.D. Drew was more instrumental to the Sox success batting out of the No. 2 spot. Drew finished 1-2 with a triple, three walks, an RBI, and two runs scored. He got on base four times in all and put the Sox in a position to score some runs.
Ramon Ramirez, RP: Ramirez has been dominant all season, but had the worst appearance of his Red Sox career on Wednesday. With a 6-3 lead, Ramirez allowed back-to-back solo HRs to Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira.
“Hopefully, we can sweep them again tomorrow,” said Tim Wakefield.
W: Tim Wakefield (8-3)
L: Chien-Ming Wang (0-4)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (15)