Boston & Wakefield Stumble In Kansas City
For the first time in two weeks, Tim Wakefield took the hill for the Boston Red Sox and the Red Sox wounded knuckleballer couldn’t seem to get the ball rolling in the right direction as the 42-year-old surrendered five runs off of five hits and seven walks through five innings of work.
The bullpen didn’t fare much better for the local nine as Manny Delcarmen and Daniel Bard combined to give up six runs in just one inning of work. The Kansas City Royals trailed by four runs heading into the sixth inning but put up a six spot on the scoreboard to soar past the Red Sox 12-9 on Monday night. Victor Martinez extended his hit streak to 20 games as Martinez, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Bay, and Rocco Baldelli all tallied two hits for Boston.
The hit brigade, however, couldn’t muster a comeback when they needed in the later innings as the Sox fall for only the second time in their last 12 games. It doesn’t get easier for Boston heading into Tuesday’s matchup at KC as they are scheduled to face Cy Young candidate Zack Grienke, throwing journeymen Paul Byrd out their against the Royals young pitching phenom.