In a photo indicative of the blog’s transition, the Bruins were at Fenway yesterday. After their parade on Saturday, the duck boats rolled into Fenway where the Red Sox honored the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins (won’t get tired writing that phrase).
The Bruins were in the locker room prior to the game and guys like David Ortiz hoisted the Stanley Cup over his head. They all seemed to have a good camaraderie and many interviews after the game spoke to how the teams in Boston all support each other.
Now, how did the game go? In fact, how have the Sox been doing while everyone was busy hopping on the Bruins bandwagon?
The Sox have been doing incredible. So incredible in fact that they’re a game and a half up on the Yankees for the division lead. Also they have the best record in the AL with only three losses in the month of June. Call them the anti-Marlins.
The Sox continued their interleague schedule this past weekend as they welcomed the Brewers into town. They beat them Friday night and dropped a tough one on Saturday night as Lester only gave up four runs but the team couldn’t muster more than the pair they scored.
Coming into yesterday the Sox looked to their elder statesman, Tim Wakefield, to take their fifth consecutive series.
The Sox got on the board first as Youkilis knocked a three run home run with nobody out. That was the start of what would turn out to be a six run first and that’s all that Wakefield would need. Sure the team poured on even more runs (12 in total) but Wakefield was good after that six run first.
So the headline comes from Wakefield closing in on that top spot, all time, in wins for the Sox. Yesterday was Wakefield’s 183rd win in a Sox uniform. That puts him nine behind Cy Young and Roger Clemens for the franchise lead.
With Wake pitching well it will be hard for Francona to take him out of the rotation. Meaning that if he stays healthy Wakefield could potentially take that top spot before the end of the year. I don’t think a 14 win mark is too out of whack based on the performance that we’ve seen so far this season.
Here’s hoping the Sox continue this tear as they welcome the Padres into town.