33-15: Another 6th inning rally, another win

Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield (5-5) turned in another solid performance, the offense dispatched the starting pitcher before the end of the 6th, and the bullpen shut down the opposing team. This is getting repetitive, in a good sort of way.

Wakefield pitched a very good game. He struggled a little bit in the fifth, when he hit Frank Catalanotto and Ian Kinsler, Gerald Laird and Ramon Vazquez got consecutive hits, but he quashed the rally and kept going. Wakefield only allowed 5 hits and walked one in seven innings of work, so the outing was better than the four earned runs you see in the box score.

A throwing error by Michael Young allowed the Sox to score two in the fourth, but the 6th inning rally is what sealed this game. Kevin Youkilis‘ lead off single and a triple by Manny Ramirez led to three more walks and two more hits and a five run inning.

Youkilis continues to roll, adding two more hits to his now 18-game hitting streak. Manny had a 4-4 night, and is now hitting .365/.517/.882 for the month of May. This offense is really clicking now, and if the starting rotation heals up, we could cruise through the month of June. Our team ERA for May is 4.00, good for 9th in MLB.

At this point, the Red Sox handed the game off to their bullpen, and the results are almost monotonous: 0 runs and another victory. Jonathan Papelbon got his 12th save of the year and lowered his ERA to 1.47.

3 Responses to 33-15: Another 6th inning rally, another win

  1. firedannyainge says:

    Looks like we need another one today.

  2. That was a good game

  3. donchoi says:

    Any game we walk away from with a “W” is pretty good, but yes, I really enjoyed this one too.

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