8/8/11: Red Sox 8, Twins 6
While the Sox managed to win their third straight game, the contest was not without a modicum of heartache, as reliever Alfredo Aceves wasn’t able to hold on to Tim Wakefield’s one-run lead in the 8th inning, preventing the 45-year-old from notching his long-sought 200th win.
When Wakefield does win his 200th (and he will have a decent chance against lowly Seattle next weekend), the achievement will be unique in many ways as Chris Jaffe from THT points out in a very informative piece.
Milestones aside, the Red Sox continue to roll.
- Hero of the Game: David Ortiz (4 for 5, HR, 2B, go-ahead single in 9th, 3 runs, 3 RBI, 67.7% WPA)
- Goat of the Game: Joe Nathan (.1 inning, 3 hits, 1 run, -48.2% WPA)
Top 3 Plays:
- Ortiz hits a 2-out single in the 9th inning to put the Red Sox ahead (36.1% WPA).
- Aceves gets Michael Cuddyer to ground out with one out in the 8th, holding the tying run at 3rd (17.4% WPA).
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a HR in the 6th to tie the game at 5 a piece (16.6% WPA).
Quote of the Day:
“He heard the big elephant coming.”
- David Ortiz, professing his theory as to why Joe Mauer dropped the throw to home plate allowing him to score
- Low A: Shortstop Xander Bogarts, a guy who some describe as 18-year-old Hanley Ramirez without the star complex, went 4 for 5 with a walk-off home run in the 10th inning last night. He has a .509 slugging percentage, which is extremely impressive considering his age and position.