The Red Sox avoided a sweep by beating the Mets 12-5 Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. Tim Wakefield (6-2) got the win, the first time he’s beaten the Mets since 10/4/92. Let the conspiracy theories begin: Joe West was the third base umpire in both Wakefield victories.
The Sox got half of their runs on two bombs, one 3-run homer each by the ageless Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis. Not pictured, Ramon Castro of the Mets also homered, a solo shot with two outs in the second.
The game was delayed for 36 minutes in the bottom of the second inning due to some of the largest rain drops ever recorded in human history. Met fans wish the rain never stopped, as the Red Sox took advantage of 6 walks by slugging 6 doubles and 2 homers to put the game away.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Youkilis flied out to right field after hitting a long fly ball over the left field wall, near the ‘Fisk pole.’ The fly ball was ruled foul on the field, and after the second video review in two days the umpire’s call of foul stood. After the game, Youkilis was asked about the call and expressed his displeasure.
Tim Redding, upset at being removed from the game with 2 runners on base, despite the Mets having the lead and being just one out away from qualifying for a potential victory, chose to take out his aggression in a more productive way, serving ice cream to needy children.
Ultimately, the wounded Mets finished their 10 game road trip with a 5-5 split. Their next game is Monday night at Citi Field, when nature’s tonic the Washington Nationals visit New York. John Lannan (2-3, 3.63) opposes John Maine (3-3, 4.53). Box score courtesy Yahoo.com
|D. Murphy 1b||4||1||1||0||1||1||0||.248|
|A. Pagan rf||2||1||0||0||2||2||0||.286|
|C. Beltran dh||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.361|
|G. Sheffield lf||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.262|
|D. Wright 3b||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.350|
|J. Reed cf||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.311|
|R. Castro c||4||1||2||1||0||0||4||.253|
|R. Martinez ss||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.087|
|F. Tatis ph-ss||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.278|
|L. Castillo 2b||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.273|
|J. Ellsbury cf||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||.297|
|D. Pedroia 2b||2||2||1||1||3||0||2||.329|
|D. Ortiz dh||5||0||0||0||0||2||8||.195|
|K. Youkilis 1b-3b||4||2||1||3||1||1||1||.383|
|J. Bay lf||4||1||1||1||1||0||0||.286|
|J.D. Drew rf||5||2||4||1||0||1||0||.271|
|M. Lowell 3b||5||2||3||3||0||1||3||.291|
|J. Bailey pr-1b||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.190|
|G. Kottaras c||5||1||3||1||0||1||1||.200|
|N. Green ss||5||1||2||2||0||1||2||.309|
|T. Redding (L, 0-1)||4.2||8||6||6||4||4||1||6.75|
|T. Wakefield (W, 6-2)||6.0||7||5||5||4||3||1||3.99|
|M. Delcarmen (H, 2)||2.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.86|
|BALK – K Takahashi.|
|Pitches-strikes – T Redding 94-53; S Green 1-1; K Takahashi 14-7; B Stokes 33-20; P Feliciano 13-9; T Wakefield 94-59; M Delcarmen 28-21; T Saito 15-10.|
|Ground balls-fly balls – T Redding 3-7; S Green 0-0; K Takahashi 0-1; B Stokes 2-1; P Feliciano 1-1; T Wakefield 10-5; M Delcarmen 4-0; T Saito 2-0.|
|Batters faced – T Redding 26; S Green 1; K Takahashi 3; B Stokes 11; P Feliciano 4; T Wakefield 28; M Delcarmen 7; T Saito 3.|
|Umpires: HP–Ed Rapuano. 1B–Chad Fairchild. 2B–Paul Nauert. 3B–Joe West.
Time: 2:57. (Plus 2 rain/unknown delays totaling 38 minutes in the 1st, 5th).
Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, out to center.