Game over: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
Now that was a September special between two non-contenders. The A's took a 5-0 lead in the second inning then the teams zipped through their at-bats to get the game over with. Time of game: Two hours and 43 minutes.
Top of the 9th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
Robert Manuel (yes, Robert Manuel) retired the side in order. Saltalamacchia played first base in the majors for the first time since Sept. 30, 2007.
Red Sox relievers tonight: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K. Nice work.
Henry Rodriguez in to pitch the ninth for Oakland.
Middle of the 8th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
Hall started the inning with a walk. Francona then pinch hit Saltalamacchia for Anderson (whiff) and McDonald for Kalish (whiff).
It's 5-0 in the 8th inning and his team is way out of it. If Anderson and Kalish are ever going to be regular players in the big leagues, they need to be allowed to face lefties. Why not now?
This should be a time to develop players. Just a thought.
Drew flied to right to end the inning. He is now hitting .252.
Top of the 8th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
Coello loaded the bases by walking Cust and Ellis with two outs. But Hermida flied to center to end the inning. Jeremy is 0 for 3 with a walk against his former team.
Sox are 9-17 here the last six years and have dropped 15 of the last 21.
Cahill is done after seven innings and Craig Breslow is in.
Middle of the 7th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
Cahill is handling the Sox with ease. Beltre grounded to second, Reddick popped to second and Reddick grounded to first. The Sox have not advanced a runner into scoring position since the second inning.
Top of the 7th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
I wish I had something more interesting to tell you. But this game is sort of in "let's get it over with mode" by both teams. Coello pitched well, getting Davis to foul out before striking out Larish and Pennington.
The line since Buchholz left: 5 2 0 0 2 4
Middle of the 6th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
Martinez singled with two outs. But Ortiz fanned looking. He has 132 Ks, two away from matching his career high. Robert Coello now pitching.
Top of the 6th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
Cust doubled and went to third on a fly out. He was then picked off third by Martinez. Really, Jack? Where you going? Then Hermida lined to left.
Middle of the 5th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
The Sox went in order again. Cahill is working on a two-hit shutout and has retired eight of the last nine hitters.
Top of the 5th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
Crisp walked and stole second. He tried to tag up when Barton flied to left but Ryan Kalish threw him out. Then Suzuki flied to right.
Kalish is a very solid outfielder, particularly for a rookie. Not sure if it's 2011 (or in 2012 when Drew is done) but he's going to be starter for the Sox in due time.
Middle of the 4th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
Beltre had a single but that was it for the Sox. Michael Bowden now in to pitch.
Top of the 4th: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
Richardson got through the inning. Hermida walked but David grounded into a force before Larish and Pennington struck out. Six outs for Richardson is pretty good given I can barely remember him getting one prior to this.
Middle of the 3rd: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
Anderson drew a walk. But Kalish popped to center and the Artist Formerly Known As J.D. Drew grounded into a double play. If the tenor of this game doesn't change soon we're going to have to come up with something else to talk about.
Top of the 3rd: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
Nice work by Richardson. Suzuki grounded into a double play, Cust walked and Ellis flied to center.
Bottom of the 2nd: Athletics 5, Red Sox 0
That's it for Buchholz. Larish walked, Pennington singled, Crisp walked and Barton had a two-run single.
His line so far: 1+ IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
He should never come to the Bay Area, that is pretty clear. He lasted an inning against the Giants in June when he got hurt.
Middle of the 2nd: Athletics 3, Red Sox 0
Lowrie walked with two outs and went to third when Reddick doubled. Reddick is 5 for 8 since he was recalled. Hall grounded to short to end the inning.
Top of the 2nd: Athletics 3, Red Sox 0
See ya, Cy. Buchholz allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in the first inning. Crisp singled and stole second. Barton walked. Suzuki (39 of 111 against the Sox in his career) doubled them them. Cust walked before Eliis reached on a bunt single to load the bases.
Hermida helped out his old mates by grounding into a double play (a run scored) before Davis fanned looking.
Buchholz wasn't going to win the Cy Young anyway because of the month he missed. Getting rocked by Oakland certainly won't help.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Athletics 0
Coco Crisp robbed Ryan Kalish of a home run, leaping to the top of the fence and pulling the ball back. Amazing catch. Drew then struck out looking at a fastball on the outside corner. He yapped to Jerry Layne on his way back.. Martinez grounded to short.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Athletics 0
Good evening from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, which is pretty much the worst ballpark in the majors leagues. Whatever they call the place the Marlins play is pretty wretched. But at least you're in Miami.
Meanwhile, the press box windows appear to have last been washed when Dennis Eckersley was pitching here.
Trevor Cahill is warming up to White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane. Interesting choice of tunes and appropriate for the Bay Area.
Hope you enjoy the game and please leave your comments.