You never know which Tim Wakefield will show up on a given day.
The knuckler wasn't dancing last night, and after being staked to a 4-0 lead after two, thanks to another Jason Bay blast, Wakefield let the lead go, as the LA Angels scored five runs in the third, and the Red Sox could do nothing more with Matt Palmer (who?) and the Angels coasted into an 8-4 victory. Just a bad night for Wake, who has been the anchor of the struggling starting staff.
Dustin Pedroia was forced to sit out a second straight game, and wasn't happy about. Terry Francona said that Dusty said a name he couldn't mention when told that Tito forced him to the pine another night. He should be in the lineup for today's finale.
The best news last night was the debut of fireballing righty Daniel Bard. He came into the game in the sixth with two men on and allowed a sacrifice fly to make it 8-4. But he pitched two scoreless innings in total, allowing just one hit, a walk and struck out one.
He hit 97 on the radar gun in the seventh, and impressed not just the Red Sox but Angels hitters as well. It was an appropriate time to bring him in and get his feet wet.
The future of the Sox was on display last night, and so far it looks bright indeed.