Oh it wasn’t pretty today. But when is it EVER pretty with Tim Wakefield? Today was a no brainer for the Sox, even after Wakes spotting Seattle 2 runs in the first. A nice 17 hit, 12 run attack. A solid sweep of Seattle before the Royals come to town.
A nice 3 game lead over the Yankees and a 16-3 July record (including 7 out of 9 since the All Star Break.)
Meanwhile Wakefield is now just 7 wins behind Roger Clemens and Cy Young. He could get 2 wins in August and 2 in September… that’s not exactly outlandish.
Then he would need just 4 wins in all of 2012 to have more wins than any pitcher in Red Sox history.
Oh Hideki Matsui used to make me wet my pants when he was a member of the Yankees. He was part of the brutal 8th inning rally against Pedro in the 2003 ALCS Game 7. And if Mariano Rivera got the side retired in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, Matsui would have won the series MVP.
Then he haunted Pedro again in the 2009 World Series with game winning homers in Games 2 and 6.
But I like him today. I like that he remembered how to hit in Yankee Stadium.
Go A’s! Go Matsui!
And a Yankee loss along with the Red Sox win means THE MAGIC NUMBER IS 62!!!!
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