Quick hits: Sox 5, Dodgers 4

June, 19, 2010
BOSTON -- Quick hits from Williams College intern Daniel Pesquera on the Red Sox’s 5-4 walk-off win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, which rendered Manny Ramirez’s home run off Tim Wakefield a modest sideshow.

Pedroia delivers first walk-off hit of career

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia stepped into the batter’s box against Los Angeles reliever Jonathan Broxton and delivered a winning single to right field with two out in the ninth. Despite swinging through the previous two pitches, the infielder smacked a 98 m.p.h. fastball from the hulking (6-foot-4, 294 pounds) Broxton through the right side to score rookie Daniel Nava from second.

“He looked like he was nine feet tall, throwing 100 miles an hour,’’ Pedroia said. “It was definitely a tough at-bat, but fun.’’

The jubilant Red Sox celebrated their third walk-off win of the season, the party spilling over onto the right-field grass, where Darnell McDonald hoisted Pedroia in the air. It was the first walk-off hit of Pedroia’s career, as well as the first walk-off by a Red Sox second baseman since Mark Loretta’s game-winning double against Cleveland on Aug. 2, 2006.

Pedroia is hitting .472 (17-for-36) during a nine-game hitting streak, raising his average to .338 for June.

Prior to the big hit, Pedroia had a scary moment with shortstop Marco Scutaro, the middle infielders bumping knees while going after Ramirez’s shallow fly in the eighth inning. Fortunately, Pedroia bumped his healthy knee (the left one) and walked it off.

Another milestone for Wakefield

Tim Wakefield did not get the win but rose to the top of another Red Sox list. Today’s outing marked his 200th career start at Fenway, tying him with Roger Clemens for the most in franchise history. In 16 seasons with Boston, Wakefield has started 399 games in total, winning 177 of them while compiling a 4.37 ERA.

The 43-year-old knuckleballer went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits, two walks and one home run in getting a no-decision. His six strikeouts tie a season-high set two outings ago at Cleveland.

Wakefield remains winless in his last nine starts at Fenway, an 0-5 skid that marks the longest home losing streak of his 18-year career. His last win in Boston came last July 8, against Oakland. He is 2-5 this season with a 5.33 ERA.

Drew’s MRI OK

Manager Terry Francona said the MRI on J.D. Drew’s right hamstring showed that he would not need to go on the disabled list, and that Drew could be back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday night in Colorado. “Best-case scenario is Tuesday night,’’ Francona said.

Boston’s power surge continues

Kevin Youkilis and Victor Martinez both went deep off Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla, in the fourth and sixth innings respectively. The Sox have homered in nine consecutive games, dating to June 9 against Cleveland. It was the team’s fifth multihomer game of June, and they have gone yard in 15 of their first 18 games this month.

Martinez’s blast came in the fourth inning on a 3-0 fastball after Youkilis led off with a single. It was Martinez’s ninth home run of the season and landed in the visitors’ bullpen. Youkilis crushed a fastball from Padilla for his 14th.

Hip-hop still the rage in the Fens

For the record, Roger Clemens did not make an encore appearance, although Rihanna, who is in a relationship with Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, was in attendance for the second straight game.

Manny gets reacquainted with the Monster

Manny Ramirez’s sixth-inning drive into the Monster seats off Wakefield drew a mixed response, like just about everything related to Ramirez this series. It was the first home run Wakefield has given up to Ramirez, whom he had faced when Manny was with Cleveland.

Stat of the day

According to the Sox PR staff, Wakefield has allowed home runs to all 11 members of the 500-HR club that have played during his major-league tenure: Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez, Eddie Murray, Rafael Palmeiro, Jim Thome, Frank Thomas, Gary Sheffield and Ramirez.

Quote of the day

Terry Francona, on the collision between Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia:

“I think Scutaro stepped on his paw.’’

His paw?

“Yeah, he doesn’t have feet.”

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?