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Error of His Ways

If Cleveland center fielder Trevor Crowe had not made a two-base error on Victor Martinez’s batted ball in the fourth, the three runs the visiting team tallied would not have been scored.

Crowe robbed Marco Scutaro of base hits in the first and seventh with daring diving grabs, but the sophomore fielder, while talented, is still unseasoned in the field. In contrast, in the sixth ball hawk Mike Cameron glided to the wall with his back to home plate to convert Crowe’s deep fly ball to the warning track into the second out of the frame.

Just as Daisuke Matsuzaka has pitched better of late Tim Wakefield turned in a solid start: 7⅓ innings pitched, 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), no walks, and six strikeouts. It wasn’t exactly Stephen Strasburg (7 innings, 4 hits, 2 earned runs, no walks, 14 strikeouts), but there hasn’t been as electrifying a pitching performance since Pedro Martinez circa 2000.

In the middle of Victor Martinez’s fifth inning at bat NESN showed Victor Jr. taking batting practice before the game. Martinez’s namesake was not amongst the Red Sox 2010 draftees, but in the sixth round Kendrick Perkins was. Not the Celtics center, but a high school center fielder who has been likened to Carl Crawford.

The Red Sox have 20 picks left in the 2010 amateur draft. The running list kept by Sox Prospects is full of intrigue and potential. Theo Epstein selected Scott Boras client Anthony Ranaudo in the supplemental first round there is sure to be endless amounts of intrigue in store.

Game 60: June 8, 2010
WinRed Sox
3W: Tim Wakefield (2-4)
H: Hideki Okajima (6), Ramon Ramirez (2)
S: Daniel Bard (2)
2B: Kevin Youkilis (16), Bill Hall (4), Adrian Beltre (17)
2L: David Huff (2-7)
2B: Travis Hafner (10)
3B: Shin-Soo Choo (2)
HR: Shelley Duncan (1)

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