Offense is at full blast as Red Sox rout Brewers
Those foghorn blasts, oh those foghorn blasts.
All game long, it seemed, they blared at Fenway Park. It was done, in part, to honor the Bruins for winning their first Stanley Cup in 39 years. The Red Sox recognized their hockey-playing brethren yesterday and were treated to a private viewing of the Cup, which David Ortiz hoisted, in the clubhouse before yesterday’s 12-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
And so, each time the Sox had a big hit or scored a run, the old ballpark was filled with the jarring but familiar sound of a foghorn blast, the same used to signal a Bruins goal at TD Garden.
“That was actually pretty cool,’’ said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. “You hear it at their hockey games all the time. It was pretty neat.’’
It served as the soundtrack to the Sox’ 13th victory in 16 games this month, as they erupted for six runs on six hits in the first inning against Yovani Gallardo. The Sox finished with 14 hits, including three home runs and a triple by Adrian Gonzalez for his 1,000th career hit. They also got a season-high eight innings from Tim Wakefield, who baffled the Brewers, striking out six.
“You’re fortunate when you’re on a staff and have a guy like that,’’ said Sox manager Terry Francona. “This season he knew what his role was, but in all honesty you don’t know where the starts are going to be. But he prepared real well and he’s really helping us out.’’
Wakefield (4-2, 4.26 ERA) allowed three runs, on a two-run homer by Nyjer Morgan in the second and a solo shot by Prince Fielder in the seventh. The 44-year-old Wakefield recorded his 197th victory on a day the Sox placed righthander Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list with a lower-back strain.
That news, however, did little to derail yesterday’s party, which got underway with a Bruins victory lap in four Duck Boats.
“It was absolutely phenomenal,’’ Wakefield said of the pregame ceremony. “Watching the Duck Boats come in, it brought back a lot of memories of us in ’04 and ’07. Very happy for those guys and got to meet a lot of them in the clubhouse and have my picture taken with the Cup and all that good stuff. So, it was a lot of fun.’’
As much as the Sox and their fans were amused by the repeated foghorn blasts, it must have annoyed Gallardo, who gave up a three-run homer to Kevin Youkilis that made it 4-0.
Jacoby Ellsbury came up, and reached, twice in the first as the Sox sent 11 men to the plate. He scored the first run after he singled to center, advanced on Dustin Pedroia’s single to right, and went to third on Gallardo’s wild pitch. Ellsbury scored when Gonzalez hit a routine grounder to first but reached on Gallardo’s error.
“When I crossed the plate, it put a smile on my face hearing that foghorn,’’ said Ellsbury, who hit a ground-rule double to right that drove in a pair of runs his second time up in the inning. “That’s huge scoring runs like that in the beginning. It puts a lot of pressure on them, gets the pitcher’s pitch count up, and forces them to go to their bullpen early.’’
After Morgan’s homer, Wakefield retired 12 of 13 batters before Fielder went deep to right.
“He was excellent. It was probably the best stuff I’ve seen from him all year,’’ Saltalamacchia said. “Even in the bullpen, I was having trouble because the ball was moving everywhere, but he was throwing it for strikes, too.’’
Wakefield said his recent success is a byproduct of settling into a routine with his sixth consecutive start.
“I’ve got a more consistent job right now,’’ said Wakefield, who threw 99 pitches, his second most this season. “I think last year all the inconsistencies came from what I was doing: bullpen, start, bullpen, start, back to bullpen. So it’s nice to have a routine and get some repetition on working on stuff on the side vs. hoping it’s there when the game starts out of the bullpen. So, it’s been a pleasure so far.’’
Pedroia led off the fourth with his sixth homer, into the Monster seats. Foghorn.
Gonzalez followed with his milestone triple. Foghorn.
When he scored on Ortiz’s fielder’s choice to make it 8-2, it was punctuated with a familiar sound. Foghorn.
Forget the cowbells. Sox fans wanted more foghorns.
Pedroia tacked on another run in the fifth — leading to another foghorn — when his sacrifice fly to center scored Josh Reddick, who reached on a ground-rule double.
The Sox scored again in the sixth on Marco Scutaro’s two-run homer (his second of the season) to make it 11-3. Of course, another foghorn. By game’s end, it no doubt was ringing in the Brewers’ ears.
“It was pretty cool,’’ said Jason Varitek. “I love that sound.’’
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