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Tim Wakefield offered another big blow to the gigantic ego of Roger Clemens, and passed the former Red Sox ace for the team record in total innings pitched with 2,777. It was no sure thing that the knuckleballer would even set the record on Tuesday night, given his recent up-and-down performances. After dominating the Phillies with eight shutout innings three starts ago, Wakefield had two horrible outings in a row: 9 ER allowed over 3.2 IP against the Royals, and six runs allowed in six innings against the A’s. Needing to pitch into the seventh to pass the Rocket on the all-time Red Sox list, Wake did it one better, pitching into the eighth inning in the team’s 3-2 win.
The game itself was unique, as four of the five total runs scored were unearned. The Indians touched Wakefield for one run in the first inning after Jhonny Peralta reached base on Adrian Beltre’s throwing error, his 11th miscue already this season. If you think Beltre’s error was bad, be thankful your name isn’t Trevor Crowe. Why do you ask?
Crowe, who was manning center field, seemed ready to catch a routine fly ball at the warning track to end the fourth inning. The ball slipped out of his glove on the way down, and Victor Martinez reached 2nd on a two-base error. Kevin Youkilis followed with an RBI double off David Huff (OK it didn’t hit him like A-Rod’s line drive, but you get the point). David Ortiz followed with an RBI single through the shift to right field, and Bill Hall later doubled in Ortiz to give the Red Sox a 3-1 lead. All runs to this point in the game were unearned.
The first earned run was also the last in the game, as Shelly Duncan’s HR off Wakefield in the seventh brought the Tribe closer, but not close enough.
Wake went 7.1 IP, allowing just four hits and zero walks while striking out six batters. He finished with just one earned run allowed, and continued an amazing run for the Sox starters on the road. Overall, starters are 9-0 with a 0.75 ERA in the last 10 games away from Fenway Park.
I know, I’m picking on the little guy. But, Pedroia is in a serious slump, and to be honest, shouldn’t be in the All-Star Game unless he gets his numbers up. After another 0-4 night, Pedroia is only hitting .252 this season.
W: Tim Wakefield (2-4)
L: David Huff (2-7)
SV: Daniel Bard (2)