First Tim Wakefield allowed three earned runs in three straight starts.
Then he allowed four earned runs in four straight starts.
Last time out, he gave up five earned. Sensing a pattern? I certainly hope not.
The Red Sox have had chance after chance to secure their lead in the playoff race. The mark was set at 1-of-3 games in the last series, and this time 2-of-4. After winning Beckett's start, they just had to win Lester vs. Niemann.
Well, they didn't, and now they need to take Wakefield vs. Price, and with a rather messy looking lineup to boot.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Desmond Jennings - LF|
|Mike Aviles - 3B||B.J. Upton - CF|
|Adrian Gonzalez - 1B||Evan Longoria - 3B|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Casey Kotchman - 1B|
|David Ortiz - DH||Johnny Damon - DH|
|Conor Jackson - LF||Ben Zobrist - 2B|
|Darnell McDonald - RF||Matt Joyce - RF|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C||Sean Rodriguez - SS|
|Marco Scutaro - SS||Kelly Shoppach - C|
#49 / Pitcher / Boston Red Sox
Aug 02, 1966
|2011 - Tim Wakefield||7-6||31||21||1||0||0||0||145.2||152||99||83||24||41||84||5.13||1.32|
#14 / Pitcher / Tampa Bay Rays
Aug 26, 1985
|2011 - David Price||12-12||31||31||0||0||0||0||210.1||178||80||78||19||55||206||3.34||1.11|