There’s nothing better than a good old-fashioned game of catch in the backyard between father and son. Tonight it looked like Tim Wakefield and George Kottaras were doing just that … playing toss. Except the backyard was Fenway Park, and there were batters standing in between them. The Blue Jays attempted to interrupt that game of catch, but for the most part Wakefield just kept lobbing and the Jays kept popping out.
Thanks in part to 16 fly balls, Tim Wakefield managed to slow down the best offense in the league for 8 innings. Kevin Millar possibly used knowledge of his former teammate to bring in the only Blue Jays run off a solo homerun. Kudos to Cito Gaston for deciding to put Millar in the lineup. But on that note, Adam Lind looked a little rusty in left field, after his throw was way off line on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 2nd. Looks like its time for Lind to practice hitting the cutoff man.
As amazing as Tim Wakefield was, Brian Tallet was there right behind him. 6 innings and 2 earned runs against the Boston Red Sox is something to be proud of. Red Sox fans who were hoping David Ortiz would snap out of his slump were denied redemption once again as Big Papi went o for 3 and slipped down to a .203 average. I know the Red Sox really love this guy, but how much longer can this slump go on before it’s declared a writeoff?
Yes, the Blue Jays may have lost the first battle in this series, but they’re in it to win the war. Bring on the big guns.