Sunday, August 08, 2004

300 wins...what about 6 HRs?

This is kind of funny (primarily because the Red Sox won):

Tim Wakefield gave up six homers Sunday against the Tigers to tie a modern major league record -- the first pitcher to do so in 64 years.

Wakefield started for Boston and allowed two homers to Ivan Rodriguez and one to Craig Monroe, Eric Munson, Carlos Pena and Dmitri Young.
The big news this weekend is that Greg Maddux won his 300th game. Twenty-one other pitchers have won 300 or more games but only six guys have given up six bombs in one game. Bravo!

He is the sixth pitcher to yield six homers in a game, but the first since George Caster of the Philadelphia Athletics against the Red Sox on Sept. 24, 1940. The previous Red Sox record was five, by Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in 1979 and Wakefield in 1996.
I noticed that Millar didn't play today -- I wonder if he figured it would give the Red Sox the best chance to win or if Francona finally realized that Millar is awful. Either way, I'm glad he didn't sniff the field.