44-24: Bonds hits 748th HR, Sox win

Tim Wakefield (7-7) will take the win, no matter who hit what home run off him. In a rare show of run support, the Red Sox overcame Wakefield’s so-so start to win yesterday 9-5, sweeping the Giants at home. San Francisco starter Matt Morris (7-4) came out flat, and struggled all game, allowing eight of the nine Boston runs in just four innings.

Boston rode a 5-run third inning to the victory, in which David Ortiz and Mike Lowell both had long RBI doubles, and Kevin Youkilis and Doug Mirabelli contributed RBI singles. Manny Ramirez also homered over the Monster for the second straight game, so fans can shut up about his “lack of production”.

The Giants mounted a threat in the seventh inning, when three walks loaded the bases, but Joel Pineiro got Bengie Molina to ground into an inning-ending double play with one pitch.

The top of the order fared well yesterday, with J.D. Drew reaching base four times in five plate appearances (two hits and two walks) and Dustin Pedroia collecting two more hits. Drew is now hitting .308/.357/.385 from the #1 slot, and Pedroia’s line in the two hole is a robust .364/.417/.545 (that five hit game doesn’t hurt those numbers). I don’t want to be nit-picky, or change something that’s already working, but I still think flip-flopping them might be a good idea. If you look at Pedroia’s hit chart at MLB.com, you’ll see he’s more of a pull hitter than Drew, who has better bat control. That also makes him well-suited to being a number 2 hitter.

Barry Bonds made big news, hitting his 748th home run, a solo shot in the sixth inning that went into the Giants bullpen. It was his first ever home run at Fenway Park, and leaves just a few ballparks that he hasn’t homered in.

Personally, I am pretty apathetic to Bonds chasing the home run record. I don’t think he deserves it, and, as many people point out, A-Rod will likely surpass him in a few years anyway. That’s justice for you, he only gets to hold the title for a few years. Who cares about his personal records when he’s turning his team into a sideshow? That’s not real baseball.

In other news, reliever Brendan Donnelly hit the 15-day DL with a forearm muscle strain, and the Sox called up Manny Delcarmen from Pawtucket again. It’d be nice if Delcarmen stuck this time, so that we could get rid of Joel Pineiro.

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