Rapid reaction: Red Sox 12, Brewers 3

June, 19, 2011

BOSTON--This being baseball and all, we are happy to report that no one in a Red Sox uniform mistook that shiny silver cup sitting on the pitcher's mound for a fancy spittoon. Wouldn't want anyone desecrating the "sacred chalice," as the hockey folk like to call the Stanley Cup.

The Sox paid proper respect to their hockey champion brethren, the duck boat-riding Bruins, in a crowd-pleasing pregame ceremony, then went out and made it reclining-chair easy for the oldest daddy on their roster, 44-year-old Tim Wakefield, by scoring six first-inning runs in a 12-3 Father's Day romp over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Sox have won 13 out of their last 15 games, and are 41-18 since their 2-10 start, a .695 winning percentage. If they keep that up, they will finish the season with 106 wins.

Beginning with their three-game sweep of the Yankees in mid-May, the Sox have played 11 series and won 10 of them, including two of three from the Brewers this weekend.

Wakefield went eight innings Sunday and allowed just three hits, one a two-run home run by Nyjer Morgan on an 0-and-2 knuckleball in the second inning. He also gave up a home run to Prince Fielder in the seventh, the 20th home run of the season by the Brewers' slugger.

But Wakefield encountered no other resistance from the Brewers in recording his 197th career win and 183rd in a Sox uniform, which draws him to within nine of the club record.

Wakefield, who is 6-0 with four no-decisions against the Brewers since losing his first two career starts against Milwaukee in 1995, threw 98 pitches (74 for strikes) before giving way to Dan Wheeler in the ninth. That's almost half-a-game's worth of work compared to his 1997 outing in Milwaukee, in which he threw a staggering 169 pitches.

The Sox sent 11 men to the plate in the first inning against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo, who made a costly error on Adrian Gonzalez's ground ball just before Kevin Youkilis launched a three-run home run.

Dustin Pedroia singled, doubled and homered, Marco Scutaro homered, and Gonzalez had a triple and single, the triple the 1000th hit of his career.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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