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I love Tim Wakefield, but asking a 43-year-old knuckleballer who can barely walk to save your season is asking a lot. Saturday afternoon against the White Sox, it was asking too much. After giving up three runs in the bottom of the first inning, Wake settled in, allowing just one more run in the next five innings.
As it turned out, the game was already over. ChiSox pitcher Gavin Floyd, armed with a herky-jerky motion and nasty breaking ball, pitched a perfect game into the sixth inning and finished with 11 strikeouts in eight innings, as White beat Red 5-1.
Once the perfecto was lost, the only drama left was keeping track of the idiocy of Fox broadcaster, and former Red Sox backup catcher, Tim McCarver. I lost track, and ended up muting the TV and listening to the radio. Jim Morrison and the Doors made a nice accompaniment. “Five to one baby, one in five, no one here gets out alive!”
Jason Bay hit his 31st homer of the season to provide the lone Boston run…David Ortiz struck out three times…Wakefield fell to 11-4 with the loss, while Gavin Floyd improved to 11-9…Mark Kotsay hit his second home run in two games against his former teammates.