It wasn't his best start of the season, but his teammates were able to give him some run support and Tim Wakefield picked up his second victory on the season.
Wakefield went six innings, gave up seven hits, and allowed three runs. Wake also walked two and struck out three Orioles batters. It wasn't a complete-game, but it was just what the Sox needed to get the job done.
And then we actually saw pretty good innings from the relievers. Julian Tavarez, Mike Timlin, and Rudy Seanez pitched a combined three scoreless innings. Tavarez did the bulk of the work, however, as he gave up two hits and struck out one in 1.2 innings.
Kevin Youkilis and Mike Lowell continue to do damage. Youkilis went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Lowell didn't have a hit, but he worked a walk three times and scored a run. Lowell is now hitting .343 with a 'nifty' .407 on-base percentage.
Slow bat? Pfft! This guy is hitting like he has something to prove -- oh wait, he does have something to prove. I think Red Sox Nation is warming up to him and the rest of the league is starting to warm up to him. He should be a solid player from here on out.
A big surprise last night was Alex Gonzalez. Gonzalez went 2-for-3, had two RBI and scored a run. Rotoworld continues to say that the hardest thing to do in baseball is score Gonzalez, but he WILL come around. He won't hit 24 home runs, but he should be solid.
And as we talk Gonzalez, word is that the Sox may go after currently-injured LA shortstop Cesar Izturis. Izturis is a former gold glover who carries a decent stick. If he's healthy, he's a good fit in Boston, if not, let's just stick with Gonzalez.