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


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

By Sean McAdam 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.

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.

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.
The White Sox are 11-1 in their last 12 meetings with the Red Sox.

"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.

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'


Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.


Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.