Red Sox - 000 100 020 - 3 6 2 Mariners - 003 011 00x - 5 9 0Tim Wakefield came up short yet again in trying to get his 200th major league victory. He went the distance (8-9-5-2-4, 94), but a disastrous third inning -- three hits, two walks, two infield errors -- sealed his fate.
Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run dong in the eighth to close the gap, but the next four Boston batters were retired.
The umpiring in the early part of the game was beyond terrible. Alfonso Marquez (1B) called Dustin Pedroia out in the first inning even though first baseman Mike Carp's foot was clearly off the bag; in his defence, Marquez was out of position and could not see Carp's foot. In the third, Ed Hickox (2B) decided not to call the neighbourhood play at second on an attempted Boston double play; the Mariners went on to score two more runs in that inning. Home plate umpire Brian O'Nora made numerous bad calls in both directions, and for both teams. Several batters, including David Ortiz, were shooting daggers at Mark Ripperger (3B) after he ruled they had not checked their swings.
I am extremely sick of watching erratic and incompetent umpiring.
Tim Wakefield / Charlie Furbush
Happy 27th birthday, Clay Buchholz! ... Mark Loretta is 40. Mark Fidrych would have been 57.
1919 - The Brooklyn Robins and Chicago Cubs split a doubleheader in only 2:17. The Cubs win the opener 2-0 in 1:10 and the Robins take the second game 1-0 in 1:07.Amusing headline from last night: "Greinke Pinch-Hits While Wearing Wrong Jersey"
1942 - The Yankees turn a record seven double plays (in nine innings) and beat the Philadelphia Athletics 11-2.
MFY (1.0 GB): Rays/Yankees at 1 PM.