Game Story: Wakefield's quest denied in 3-1 loss

Game Story: Wakefield's quest denied in 3-1 loss
July 30, 2011, 3:45 am
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By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
CHICAGO -- There's something about going for personal milestones at U.S. Cellular Field which doesn't bode well for Red Sox pitchers.

The last time the Red Sox were here, in September, Jon Lester was shelled in his attempt to win his 20th game of 2010. Friday night, Tim Wakefield was tripped up on his way to try for career win No. 200.

Wakefield allowed just one hit through the first five innings, but was nicked for a run in the sixth then yielded a two-run homer to A.J. Pierzynski in the seventh, resulting in a 3-1 setback to the Chicago White Sox.

The veteran knuckleballer got little offensive support from his teammates who managed just three hits off start Gavin Floyd and two Chicago relievers.

The lone Red Sox run came on a solo homer from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who hit his ninth home run -- and third in his last seven starts.

The only other hits for the Red Sox were a single from Drew Sutton in the second and an infield single by Marco Scutaro in the sixth.

Dustin Pedroia was hitless in four at-bats and saw his 25-game hitting streak snapped.

The loss was the third in the last five games for the Sox. In those three games, they have scored a total of five runs.

STAR OF THE GAME: A.J. Pierzynski
Pierzynski hammered a knuckleball for a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh, snapping a 1-1 tie and providing the winning margin for the White Sox in a 3-1 victory.

That was the fifth homer allowed by Tim Wakefield in his last three starts.

HONORABLE MENTION: Gavin Floyd
Floyd went seven innings and allowed just a run on three hits. The victory improved Floyd to 6-0 lifetime against the Sox, the best start to a career for a pitcher against the Sox since Gustavo Chacin did it from 2005-2007.

In five of his seven innings, Floyd retired the Red Sox in order.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Tim Wakefield
Wakefield pitched well, and ordinarily, allowing three runs in seven innings means a victory for a Red Sox pitcher. But it was Wakefield's misfortune to make a mistake to Pierzynski on a night in which his teammates couldn't get anything done offensively.

TURNING POINT:
The Sox were leading 1-0 in the top of the sixth when they loaded the bases on an infield single, a fielder's choice and a walk.

But Kevin Youkilis left all three teammates stranded when he took a called third strike and the Sox didn't get another baserunner the rest of the way.
BY THE NUMBERS:
The White Sox are 11-1 in their last 12 meetings with the Red Sox.

QUOTE OF NOTE:
"We're done. The Red Sox are done.'' Jarrod Saltalamacchia, after being told that the Sox had just lost back-to-back games for the first time in July.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam