47-26: Chris Young dominates Sox

The Padres’ Chris Young (7-3) seems to be over his slow start, alright. Young allowed just one hit over seven innings and struck out 11 in a pitching clinic against the Sox last night, as the Padres won, 6-1.

Tim Wakefield (7-8) gave up six runs in 5 1/3 innings, including three home runs (one by former Red Sox Josh Bard which was questionable). Francona got tossed for arguing that call. Bard seems to be causing a lot of homer controversy these days, as he had a home run overruled not too long ago at Pittsburgh. If you remember, this is the young catcher we traded back to San Diego, along with reliever Cla Meredith, to get Doug Mirabelli back. He seems to have gotten pumped for this one, as he had two (extra-base) hits and three RBI in this one.

Even though he wasn’t as bad as it might look in the box score, Wakefield is in a little bit of a rut, having gone 2-3 with a 7.05 ERA this June. Still, he is a very decent back-of-the-rotation starter, and he will come back around. His overall numbers always come back to the same zone, year after year it seems. It was good to see Mike Timlin pitch 1 2/3 scoreless innings, even if he did allow a couple of hits. Let’s hope he can build on that success, as we need him to fill a vital role in that bullpen for the stretch run.

Not much to say offensively. With David Ortiz at first, Kevin Youkilis was on the bench, so Coco Crisp led off again (0-4 with 2 Ks), with J.D. Drew hitting fifth. It didn’t matter much, with Young tossing the way he was. I think Tito wants to give Drew every opportunity to hit fifth, and should somebody else break out and claim the leadoff role, he probably would like to return Drew to that slot. But until that happens, there’s always Youk.


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