19-9: Shutout by Wakefield & Co.

Tim Wakefield (3-3) is hard to recognize these days. You’d never know that he was a 40-year old pitcher who throws in the low 70 mph range with a career 4.27 ERA. Last night he threw seven innings of three-hit ball, flustering Minnesota Twins left and right and shrinking his season-long ERA to a staff-best 2.11. J.C. Romero, Brendan Donnelly and Jonathan Papelbon pitched in to seal the shutout and a 2-0 victory. I guess that’s one way to win if you aren’t getting any run support.

The struggling Twins managed only four hits and three walks all night long against the Red Sox staff, which continues to be superb. Papelbon didn’t show any lingering signs of his last outing, a blown save against the Oakland Athletics, and looked sharp as usual in notching his ninth save of the season in ten attempts.

On a night when hits were hard to come by, Alex Cora accounted for three of the Red Sox’s eight hits and had a sacrifice. Never known for his hitting, Cora (a .246/.312/.350 hitter in 2,478 career AB) is now hitting a torrid .406 in 2007 (in just 32 AB), including some really clutch performances early on.


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