Notes: Wakefield hits a snag vs. White Sox

175737.jpg

Notes: Wakefield hits a snag vs. White Sox

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Making his third start since joining the rotation after John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka both went on the disabled list, Tim Wakefield finally hit a speed bump. On Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park, that speed bump was the White Sox, who trumped the Red Sox, 7-4, sweeping a three-game set.

Wakefield, who was not involved in the decision, went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. In his previous two starts, he pitched a combined 13 23 innings, giving up three runs, for a 1.98 ERA, on nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He threw 98 pitches, 67 strikes.

I think I pitched better than the results showed, Wakefield said. Obviously, one ball that got hit hard was the one by Lillibridge. Other than that, I made some pitches when I needed to. Got behind in the count, got back even in the count. Big strikeout on Dunn there to get an out in that one inning the second out in the fourth. Other than that, I felt great. Got to 90 pitches, got us through the sixth. Unfortunately, we lost.

Chicago's Brent Lillibridge hit a home run in the sixth inning and also had an RBI double after the Dunn strikeout in the fourth.

Wake was pretty good, manager Terry Francona said. The ball was dancing. He elevated a couple and paid for it. Lillibridge twice always here at home the right-hand hitter, if he elevates it, hes got a chance to get hurt. But he pitched very well.

If not for the fifth inning when the White Sox scored two runs after what the Red Sox thought was a missed call by second base umpire Marty Foster on a tag play Wakefield thought his team might have had the win.

Its huge, Wakefield said. It cost us two runs. Pretty much probably cost us the game.

With Lackey set to come off the DL on Sunday, it is likely Alfredo Aceves, who has also been filling in with spot starts, will return to the bullpen while Wakefield stays in the rotation. Knowing when his turn is coming up helps, Wakefield said.

Its a little easier to get in a routine yeah, absolutely, he said. I feel great physically and been throwing the ball well and hopefully I can continue to do so.

The Sox had not lost four straight games since starting the season 0-6. They were swept at home for the second time this season. The first was a two-game set with Tampa Bay on April 11 and 12.

The Red Sox were swept in their home series with the White Sox for the second straight season and have lost seven straight to Chicago at Fenway going back to Aug. 27, 2009. That ties their longest losing streak ever to the White Sox in Boston, going back to July 12, 1958-May 14, 1959.

David Ortiz has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, going 22-for-55 (.400) with 13 extra-base hits (seven doubles, six home runs). He has hit a home run in back-to-back games for the fourth time this season and has four home runs in his last eight games.

With two RBI, Jarrod Saltalamacchia has nine RBI in his last 10 games. Over the Sox last 18 games, catchers have combined for 15 RBI.

Maureen Mullen is on Twitter athttp:twitter.commaureenamullen.

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

cleveland-indians-andy-marte-killed-12217.jpg

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

kansas-city-royals-yordano-ventura-killed-12217.jpg

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.