Tim Wakefield Fails to Reach MLB Win 200 with Boston Red Sox
Wakefield gave up five hits and allowed three runs over a 6.2 inning effort. It was the knuckleballer's second shot at career win No. 200 after being denied the shot last week by the Chicago White Sox.
Wakefield pitched well enough that start, allowing three runs over seven innings in a similar fashion to his performance today against the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately the Boston Red Sox offense came up short, only providing Wakefield with one run in support of his effort.
In Tuesday's performance, the Boston Red Sox were still able to pick up the win, but not until the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs when Jacoby Ellsbury hit a walk off home run to center field, giving closer Jonathon Papelbon the decision.
After 6.2 innings of work on Wednesday, though, Red Sox manager Terry Francona approached the mound to boo's from Red Sox fans who wanted to see a long time Fenway favorite reach a historic milestone.
Wakefield, who turned 45 on Tuesday, is the oldest active baseball player in the majors, and has been playing with the Boston Red Sox since 1995. He is the club's all time leader in innings pitched, and is perched in second for strikeouts trailing Roger Clemons and third in wins behind Clemens and Cy Young.
It has taken Wakefield 19 seasons to get to MLB win No. 199, but it'll be at least one more start until he gets the big 200-win milestone.
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