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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Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

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Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

BOSTON - Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer off Jake Arrieta during a five-run first inning and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Friday night.

Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez also drove in a run each.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-1) got the win with six innings of two-run ball, surrendering solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. in the early innings before settling in. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Boston has won its last nine interleague games at Fenway Park.

Arrieta (3-1) logged his shortest start since Aug. 28, 2014, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

BOSTON - It's a tad ironic the Red Sox met with David Ortiz on Tuesday about his post-playing career, and then the offense went out and did nothing and Xander Bogaerts was publicly lamenting Ortiz's absence two days later.

John Henry, Tom Werner, Ortiz and his agent, Fern Cuza, met at Fenway Park on Tuesday to discuss the retired slugger’s future role with the organization, team president Sam Kennedy said. 

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Nothing's imminent, but there's one thing Ortiz is unlikely to do with the Sox in the near future: broadcasting. He could still do some of that in the postseason for say, FOX, but it appears an arrangement with NESN isn't in the cards for now, per Kennedy.

Ortiz's role with the Red Sox is still expected to be wide-ranging, something bigger than the standard alumnus agreement. He seems set on taking his time, enjoying his retired life, saying over the weekend he wants to be able to give the job the time it deserves. 

Kennedy in April was unsure if anything would get done this year. 

As for the team's play without Ortiz, and Bogaerts' comments?

"This is an incredibly talented ballclub," Werner said Friday at a luncheon benefitting the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later. "I’m really not terribly concerned. Like all fans, I’m a bit frustrated when we don’t give great pitching run support.

"We struggled the last couple of nights. It’s frustrating to think that Chris Sale, who I think is the best pitcher in the American League, doesn’t have much run support. But it’s April. I've been taught to not really look at the standings 'til July. Frustrated by the past two days, but look at the standings, and we’re only one win behind the Cubs. So you know, I mean I wish we were playing a little bit better,  but the team is going to bounce back."

Werner reiterated the Sox have room in their budget to add players ahead of the trade deadline.