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Home » May 2007 Game CommentsMay 2007 » Nixed


Game 28: May 4, 2007
WinRed Sox 2 W: Tim Wakefield (3-3)
H: J.C. Romero (2)
H: Brendan Donnelly (4)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (9)
19-9, 3 game winning streak
7-2-2 series record
Twins 0 L: Carlos Silva (2-2) 15-14, 3 game losing streak
3-4-3 series record
Highlights: The Red Sox tip their first game of the series record into positive territory, 6-5. This win was especially key since Julian Tavarez is slated to start against Johan Santana this evening. This is the second shutout of the season but the first one on the road for Red Sox pitching; the first came on April 14 against the Angels at Fenway. Rebuking the Joe Torre Method, Terry Francona has sought assistance from pitchers other than his trusted core of middle relief and has been rewarded. Wakefield, though granted a narrow lead, notched his third win and fifth quality start.

On June 15, 2006, David Ortiz was robbed in Minnesota.

It wasn’t his wallet, his bling, or game-used memorabilia. The designated hitter had a home run stolen from him that evening, erased from history by a protruding speaker in that wretched edifice the Twins call home. That disallowed homer would prove the difference between tying and breaking Babe Ruth’s record for fourbaggers hit on the road.

But last night Ortiz exacted revenge on both indoor baseball and his former team with a massive shot into the top deck of the Metrodome in the sixth.

That run along, with an RBI single by Coco Crisp in the ninth, was the slender margin between victory and defeat. Flimsy as the evidence of J.D. Drew being called out by Jim Wolf in the second on his tapper to second. Slight as Josh Rabe’s mistiming in his pursuit of Alex Cora’s fly ball, as tenuous as Torii Hunter’s subsequent attempt to clutch the rebound off Rabe’s glove.

Scant as the difference between a home run and a putout in the bottom of the ninth, when Crisp collared Justin Morneau’s swift fly ball to the deepest part of the field just before it escaped over the makeshift outfield fences.

It was difficult enough to scrape two runs off Carlos Silva, tonight’s task is all the more daunting. The Red Sox chances may be slim, but Johan Santana’s past two starts have been rough (by his standards) and he hasn’t won since April 19.

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