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Wakefield’s 200th Win Still on Hold as Sox Drop Seattle Series

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield, foreground, fields the ball but Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki, behind, is safe at first in the third inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

It’s getting tougher to know what the Boston Red Sox will do during the rest of the season. Sunday’s season finale in Seattle saw a 5-3 loss to the Mariners, despite Tim Wakefield’s economical pitch count and complete game effort. Wakefield struggled at times, and the offense wasn’t there to back him up against the fourth-worst team in the majors.

Trouble started for Boston in the 3rd inning, which started out with a walk and a stolen base for Casper Wells. Wells then advanced to third on a throwing error from Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Two singles and another error on a force attempt later, the Mariners had the bases loaded with no outs and one run already in. A sac fly and walk reloaded the bases with one out and a 2-0 lead, with another single making it 3-0 before the last two outs were finally recorded (but not before Seattle batted around).

Boston did answer minimally in the 4th, with a single, walk, single and sac fly (all consecutively, starting with Adrian Gonzalez) scored a run with one pre-sacrifice out. However, Seattle didn’t let Boston stay with their comeback; in the 5th, Seattle gave Boston more trouble. Three straight singles to plate a run made it 4-1 Seattle, and it could’ve been worse thanks to a passed ball, but it wasn’t far enough away to plate the runner on third at the time.

Seattle added a solo home run in the 6th, and other than a two-run homer from Kevin Youkilis in the 8th, Boston just couldn’t answer. Brandon League finished off Boston in the 9th to end the game and the series in disappointing fashion.

Sox Stud of the Game: Kevin Youkilis

Youk’s home run was Boston’s only real impact play of the game.

Sox Dud of the Game: Lineup Slots Seven Through One

Together, Carl Crawford, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Darnell McDonald and Jacoby Ellsbury went 0/13 with just one walk and five strikeouts.

Terry’s Take:

“We need to play a little better and score more runs so it [tough, close calls by the umpires] doesn’t affect the game.” – Terry Francona on Seattle’s three-run 3rd

Game Notes:

W: Charlie Furbush (3-4)
L: Tim Wakefield (6-5)
S: Brandon League (29)

  • Wakefield went eight innings on 94 pitches (68 strikes) to get the complete game.
  • Speaking of which, Wakefield earned his first complete game since 2009.
  • Thanks to the Yankees getting rained out, the Sox are still half a game ahead in the division race.
  • Wakefield’s next chance at 200 wins will likely come sometime in Kansas City (Thursday to Sunday).

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