Despite Nick's hopes, Tim Wakefield could not secure his 200th career win, losing to the Mariners 5-3.
The Sox dropped their second straight to Seattle, losing the series (and signalling armageddon) heading into a day off to get back to Boston. Maine's own Charlie Furbush (brother to my alma mater's men's basketball coach, which for some reason I feel necessary to mention) pitched a relative gem, giving up a run while striking out six in seven innings pitched.
The Sox only scraped together six hits off Seattle pitching; Adrian Gonzalez was the only guy to get multiple hits. The Mariners put together a similarly balanced attack, as eight different players had a hit (with Ichiro Suzuki claiming two).
Kevin Youkilis was back in the lineup (so maybe I should stop worrying) and homered in the loss.
Other than the bright spot of Youk's return, this is a pretty depressing way to head back to New England. We have two days to take on the pesky Rays in a three-game series, then we head back out on the road for a week, warming up on the Royals before playing the Rangers in a possible ALCS preview.
Random statistical miscellany that fascinated me in looking over the box score: David Ortiz has a higher slugging percentage (.557) than Adrian Gonzalez (.552). As much as Papi has tailed off, that's pretty impressive.