200 Arrives With a Vengeance
Since picking up his 199th career victory back in mid-July, pitcher Tim Wakefield finally reached the 200-win milestone last night as his Red Sox hammered the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 18-6 in front of yet another sold-out crowd at Fenway Park.
The win comes out with great timing as the Red Sox were on a five-game slide with their once-insourmountable lead in the Wild Card race slipping to a miniscule three games. Thankfully for the Sox, their win couple with Tampa Bay's loss to Baltimore has restored Boston's lead in the Wild Card standings to four games.
Yesterday on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, co-host Michael Wilbon downplayed the Sox' potential collapse and said the Sox would win big in front of Wakefield - specifically, Wilbon said they'd win 14-4 - but 18-6 is certainly close enough and even a little better.
An offensive outburst like this is just what the Red Sox needed and fans (and critics) shouldn't be surprised by the last night's onslaught as catching on fire like this has never been anything new to the boys from Beantown. With that said, though, the Red Sox shouldn't get too confident too quickly as they go up against Toronto's Ricky Romero tonight while they go with John Lackey, who has struggled this season on the mound for the BoSox.
As for Tim Wakefield, this is arguably the high watermark of his 18-year career. Having just turned 45 last month, there still have been no inklings that have implied that Wake will be retiring any time soon.
Either way, the Sox now hope their big win last night will be the sign of good things to come for the remainder of the season, not only to hold off the Rays but maybe even catch the Yankees for the AL East crown.