Mix Tim Wakefield well with Victor Martinez and you get a party on the basepaths. Rangers players were the benefactors of this baseball disaster on Tuesday.
Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz each stole three bases on the Red Sox battery and Vladimir Guerrero, yes, that old one, stole two — including third base. Andrus couldn’t hit the Wakefield, but he could watch the Wakefield wobble out of the strikezone, collecting three walks. Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4, scored once and drove in a run.
Despite not being able to throw out a soul, Boston still won the game.
Nine more noteworthy performances from Tuesday:
Chase Headley — We’ll stick with the stolen base theme because Headley stole three on Tuesday. He only went 1-for-2 with a run and a walk, three steals out of a player like Headley could win your week for you.
Ryan Ludwick — Big day for Ludwick. He slugged a pair of homers, drove in three runs and went 3-for-4. He’s hitting .333.
John Danks — An unusual 9 Ks for Danks. He allowed one earned run and just two hits in eight innings. He also walked two. His 1.29 ERA and 0.86 WHIP are killing for his fantasy teams.
Jonathan Sanchez — Dude is living up to the super sleeper preseason hype he received. Sanchez struck out 10 while walking three and allowing one hit and one runin seven innings. His ERA and WHIP, 1.86 and 0.98, aren’t that far off from Danks.
Mark Reynolds — He only went 1-for-2, but Mark Reynolds walked three times and made the most of that lone hit. He homered and drove in three runs. He also stole a base and scored twice. He’s only hitting .220, but he gets streaky. That’s the kind of performance that could kickstart him.
Darnell McDonald — A pinch-hitter and outfield replacement, McDonald went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer and drove in another run.
Alex Rodriguez — Walks, in particular three-walk games, were the thing to do on Tuesday. A-Rod walked three times, went 1-for-2, scored twice and belted a 3-run home run.
Kevin Slowey — A very John Danks-esque performance for Slowey. Pitched eight innings, allowed one earned run, struck out nine. Slowey allowed five hits and has a 2.45 ERA this season.
Carlos Zambrano — Striking out nine for the second time this season, Zambrano also allowed nine base runners in just six innings of work. He only allowed two earned runs, which lowered his bloated 7.45 ERA. He has a 1.81 WHIP