Friday, June 29, 2012
Safeco thwarts Gonzo; Wake joins NESN
By John Hickey
SEATTLE -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's nine-pitch at-bat in the eighth inning Thursday resulted in a fly ball to deep left-center that Seattle's Michael Saunders had to run a long way to catch.
After the game Valentine said Safeco Field is "one of the only parks that holds that ball."
Seattle manager Eric Wedge, talking before Friday's game, said that at-bat was the most grueling of the night for him.
"That was the longest nine pitches I can remember," Wedge said. "Adrian is one of the toughest hitters in the game in that situation. You know he's always going to put up good at-bats."
NOTES: DH David Ortiz entered Friday's game sitting on 399 homers and on the verge of becoming just the 49th player with 400 career homers. "He's one of the finest hitters I've ever seen," Valentine said. "He studies the opposition; he takes every at-bat personally." ... NESN is adding former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield to its arsenal. He will debut with Saturday's 9 p.m. (EDT) broadcast while serving as an in-studio Red Sox analyst. He'll join Tom Caron and Jim Rice for one hour of pregame coverage. Wakefield retired in February after 19 years in baseball, the last 17 of them with Boston.