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In perhaps the final start of his long major league career (more on that in a second), Tim Wakefield had a very…well…Wakefield-like outing. Of his 6 innings pitched, five were outstanding, and one was a disaster. Add it up, and he allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks with five K’s. Unfortunately, four runs was all the Red Sox bats could muster all game.
The once-perfect Dallas Braden, who tossed the gem on May 8, has not won a game since then, and that trend continued on Tuesday night. In his first start of the DL, Braden was hit around like a pinata, as he gave up four runs (one earned) on 10 hits in 4.2 innings. After recording two quick outs in the fifth, he allowed two baserunners to reach and was pulled. The Red Sox actually loaded the bases that inning but failed to score on the A’s bullpen, a trend that would continue all game.
The Sox and A’s relievers traded good inning after good inning, and after nine frames, the score was locked at 4-4. Unfortunately, Terry Francona had to turn to Ramon Ramirez. Ramirez recorded the first out of the inning, then allowed a single to Daric Barton, who then reached second on a balk. Dustin Richardson came in to retire pinch hitter Adam Rosales, and then Michael Bowden (fresh off his SoB cover story) allowed his inherited runner to score when he gave up a walk-off hit to Kevin Kouzmanoff, giving the A’s the 5-4 win in 10 innings.
Wake gets honorary mention here, as the knuckleballer has possibly had his last start in the major leagues. Assuming all starters are healthy the rest of the way (and that is a stretch at this point), Wake will pitch long relief out of the bullpen for the rest of 2010. Signed for next season as well, Wakefield has sought the all-time record for wins by a Red Sox pitcher, and aimed to get that within the next two years. With only three wins (3-8) and a 5.58 ERA this year, Wake is still 14 wins short of tying Roger Clemens and Cy Young’s 192-win total.
One hit, two walks allowed in 1.1 innings. I’d say he’s a fourth inning relief man, meaning you don’t want him in close-and-late situations. What happened to this guy?
W: Andrew Bailey (1-3)
L: Ramon Ramirez (0-3)