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Tim Wakefield, in his 15th season with the Red Sox, took the ball Saturday afternoon against the Braves in what would seem as just some normal midseason game. It happened to be his 382nd start with the team, tying Roger Clemens for the most starts in Red Sox history. Wake pitched as well as Clemens in his heyday on Saturday, tossing six scoreless innings in a 1-0 win.
Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz walked with two outs in the sixth inning, and Mark Kotsay followed with an RBI single to provide the only run of the game. Youk also tripled with two outs in the eighth, but was stranded on third. The one run was enough as Wake combined with three relievers to shut out the punchless Braves.
Tim Wakefield, SP: Wake had no room for error in the 95-degree heat, as his offense produced only one run of support. He kept the Sox in the game with his six shutout innings, allowing just three measly singles and a walk. He even went 1-2 with a single.
J.D. Drew, RF: Drew is equipped with a .385 OBP, but failed to reach base, going 0-4 with three strikeouts.
“Just being mentioned with the names I’m being mentioned with is pretty cool,” said Wakefield, who made his 382nd start for Boston. “I’m thankful I’ve been here as long as I have.”
W: Tim Wakefield (10-3)
L: Javier Vasquez (5-7)