Box Score Bank: Wakefield's Best

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Box Score Bank: Wakefield's Best

It's Tim Wakefield Day at Fenway Park, and what better way to pay respects to the old knuckle baller than by posting a random box score on a barely-existent blog.

With that, let's set the Box Score Bank for . . .

June 4, 1995

Bill Clinton was in his third year as President. The Motaba virus was running rampant through American movie theaters. "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?" by Canadian prime minister Bryan Adams was No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Jose Iglesias was five years old.

And over at Fenway Park, 28-year-old Tim Wakefield was spinning a 10-inning complete game masterpiece.

Final Score: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1

Seriously, though: 10 innings.

In all, Wake in the third start of his Red Sox career threw 135 pitches and gave up only six hits, one run (unearned) and one walk, while striking out five to earn the win. But as you can imagine, it wasn't easy.

Seattle's one run came in the top of the 10th inning, when Mike Blowers led off with a single, and moved to second on a bunt by future Red Sox legend Darren Bragg. Wake hit the next batter (Dan Wilson) to put runners on first and second. Next up, was Felix Fermin who grounded back to the mound . . . but Wakefield threw the ball away! Blowers scored on the error (so while the run was unearned, it was still Wake's fault) to put the Mariners up 1-0, and that was the score as they headed into the bottom of the 10th.

There, Bobby Ayala took over for the M's, struck out Wes Chamberlain, gave up a pinch-hit single to Bil Haselman and then . . .

Troy O'Leary followed with a two-run walk off homer to give Wakefield the legendary complete game victory.

It was the second and final 10-inning performance of Wake's career, along with April 27, 1993, when he threw 172 pitches in the Pirates 6-2 win.

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.