68-45: Wakefield implodes in the fifth, Angels embarrass Sox

The Angels put a pounding on Tim Wakefield (13-10) and the Red Sox last night, as they took game 2, 10-4.

Gary Matthews, Jr. made an early impact, pulling a home run by Coco Crisp back into the park to end the 4th inning. He would later go 3-5 with a double, a home run and 4 RBI.

Things were going well, and the bottom of the fifth started with the Sox up, 4-2. Then Wakefield walked speedy Chone Figgins on four pitches, who stole second base uncontested on the very next pitch. Orlando Cabrera laced a double to deep right center to score him, and with Vladimir Guerrero up, things started looking dicey.

I understand Francona’s desire to stick with Wake and let him work through this, but you have to get the bullpen warming here. Wakefield walked Guerrero, and there were still no outs at this point. Then comes the backbreaker. Garret Anderson hits a grounder to Julio Lugo that could be a double play ball, and Lugo boots it, loading the bases with nobody out. You convert that, and you get out of the inning with two, maybe three runs scored. Instead, it turns into a five run debacle and a 7-4 deficit. But more than that, everyone’s depressed about how those runs scored. With the Angel bullpen, game essentially over.

Even our bullpen struggled, with Manny Delcarmen working out of the fifth inning rally but allowing inherited runners to score, and both Julian Tavarez and Kyle Snyder giving up runs.

Another possible rally by the Sox was crushed in the sixth when Mike Lowell was waved around third by DeMarlo Hale on a long Crisp double. Cabrera’s relay nailed him at the plate. That’s what happens when someone as slow as Lowell tries to score from first base. To be fair, the play was pretty close. But being so many runs behind, the Sox should have played it more conservative. This is not the first time Hale’s judgment has been called into question. Can we start a petition to fire Hale, please?

Doug Mirabelli hit a two-run home run down the left field line in the top of the fifth to give the Sox their short-lived lead. He has homered in his last two starts.

Wily Mo Pena was given the start in right against the lefty Saunders, and had a double and a walk. He is almost certainly going to be traded or released this week.

Brandon Moss was a defensive replacement for Manny Ramirez late in the game, in his second day in the majors. He is expected to be up for another 1-3 days, depending on the return of Eric Hinske.


2 Responses to 68-45: Wakefield implodes in the fifth, Angels embarrass Sox

  1. bleedred says:

    I agree that last night was not a pretty loss. I don’t really feel like we can put it on Lugo for his error, but if Wake gets out of that inning with a 4-3 lead or a 4-4 game, Delcarmen gets a fresh inning, and we may not have even seen the Tavarez Snyder brigade. In a closer game, the big guns may have come out and kept us in it. Granted, no more runs for us, but maybe someone could have come up in the clutch in a 1-run game.

    Anyway, check out my blog, I did a little analysis on the rest of the season before the series with the Angels started. If we win tonight, we won’t even be off what I predicted as possible.

    Not time to panic yet, but I was much happier with a 7 game lead.

  2. donchoi says:

    Hey, thanks for your comments. Did you leave a link to your blog?

    I’m not saying that the game was Lugo’s fault, really, but if he made that play, it could have been very different. Every time I see him boot something, I ask myself, would Alex Gonzalez have made that? I think he’d probably be hitting about the same. :&

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