A.J. Burnett pitched into the eighth inning, holding the Sox bats at bay all night in a 3-0 Blue Jays victory. Burnett held the Sox to just three hits and five walks with five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings to earn his third win of the season. Tim Wakefield pitched well in defeat, going seven innings and allowing three runs on six hits and four walks.
- Tim Wakefield gave a gutsy effort for the Red Sox, especially considering he struggled with his control. He did not record a strikeout and walked four, so he was all over the strikezone. Despite that, he lasted seven innings and allowed only three runs, which was enough to keep the Sox in the game.
- David Ortiz was the only Sox starter with two hits, going 2-4 as he attempts to get his batting average over .200. (He’s at .196 now)
- The entire Red Sox lineup overall has been atrocious recently. Despite winning two out of three against the Blue Jays, they scored a grand total of three runs in the series. In Thursday’s game, they mustered only four hits (but did walk six times) and could not get anybody home.
What almost was:
- The Red Sox almost pulled off a third-straight impropable comeback in the ninth inning. With runners on first and third and two outs, Jed Lowrie was the tying run at the plate. Instead of producing in the clutch, he struck out against B.J. Ryan, ending the rally and the game.
- Coco Crisp and Mike Lowell were the only other Sox players with hits (they had one each).
- Catcher Kevin Cash finished 0-1 with 2 walks. He continues to get on base.
Tags: A.J. Burnett, David Ortiz, Tim Wakefield, Toronto Blue Jays