Saturday, June 14, 2008

Red Sox 2008 Game 71 Preview

Bos@ Cin
T. Wakefield4-4, 4.33E. Volquez9-2, 1.56
Red Sox42-28Reds33-36
Saturday, June 14                 Great American Ball Park  ✠ 3:55 p.m. ET

American League
EastWLGBL 101 R W1 R LX WX L
Tampa Bay39281.54-61073631
New York35336.07-31293335

ESPN.Com Preview .
Yahoo's Preview .
ESPN.Com after the game Recap.
MLB.Com Press Pass
From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Red Sox: Wakefield's knuckleball was working rather effectively against Seattle in his last outing. The veteran went seven innings, allowing just five hits and two runs. Two of those hits belonged to leadoff man Ichiro Suzuki, who nubbed a 15-foot single toward the mound in the first and pushed a bunt down the third-base line in the third. Wakefield struck out six batters in the contest, including four in the first two innings. He's 1-1 lifetime against Cincinnati with a 7.80 ERA.

Reds: Volquez, who got plenty of early run support, including Ken Griffey Jr.'s 600th home run, was on target in a 9-4 victory over the Marlins on Monday. After going winless since May 18, Volquez pitched six innings and gave up three runs on three hits with five walks and five strikeouts. He didn't allow a hit through the first four innings. The three runs tied for the most he's given up all season, and moved the 24-year-old's ERA to 1.56. Volquez's last start in Interleague Play came May 18, when he outdueled Cleveland's Cliff Lee, pitching six innings and giving up just two runs on four hits in a winning effort. Volquez has never faced the Red Sox.

As usual all statistics were found at the day by day database at Baseball Musings and at Baseball Reference.

I am not going to break down the batters and pitcher stats since the last time they faced the Reds was in 2005. Unless its the Braves / Phillies (since they play almost every year) I am just not going to do that during interleague play.

After last nights ineptitude, I fully expect the Sox to lose today also.

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