Game over: Padres 5, Red Sox 1
The game was called and that's a final. The Sox have lost two straight.
Rain delay, Version 4.0
So we're in another rain delay. You'll excuse me while I pound my head on the desk.
Middle of the 8th: Padres 5, Red Sox 1
Wheeler retired the side in order. He has 1.59 ERA in 11.1 innings since coming off the DL. His stuff looked crisp in that inning. The Padres have Mike Adams pitching now.
Top of the 8th: Padres 5, Red Sox 1
Pedroia (2 for 3) and Gonzalez (4 for 4, now at .359) had singled before Youkilis grounded into a double play. The Sox have been wasting a lot of chances the last two days.
Dan Wheeler on now.
Middle of the 7th: Padres 5, Red Sox 1
Gonzalez booted a grounder with one out. Reddick then made two catches in left field, the second on a dive to take a hit away from Hundley. He has looked good in the field, too.
Top of the 7th: Padres 5, Red Sox 1
Facing righthander Ernesto Frieri, J.D. Drew pinch hit and flied to center. Sutton was hit by a pitch, Varitek struck out and pinch hitter Josh Reddick lined to shortstop.
It's pretty much a platoon on the corners now.
Top of the 6th: Padres 5, Red Sox 1
After Cameron's untimely pickoff, Ellsbury and Pedroia walked. Gonzalez (who else?) had an RBI single to center. But Youkilis popped to center and Ortiz grounded into a force.
Albers now on.
Bottom of the 5th: Padres 5, Red Sox 0
We're back underway. Mike Cameron singled and then was picked off. It's been a quite a last few few days for the local nine.
Rain delay update
The tarp is off the field and they'll try again soon.
Rain delay, Version 3.0
More rain and puddles on the infield no choice but to cover the infield. Only three outs short of an official game, too.
Middle of the 5th: Padres 5, Red Sox 0
Bowden worked around a single and a walk. Good work by him so far.
Top of the 5th: Padres 5, Red Sox 0
1-2-3 inning for Richard, who came in 2-9. Nobody expected the Sox to play .700 ball the rest of the season. But losing twice to the Padres at home? Yikes. Five innings to change that.
Middle of the 4th: Padres 5, Red Sox 0
Bowden got two outs to control the damage. Nice work by him.
Lackey now has a 7.36 ERA. If this were a Godfather movie, he'd be getting a visit from Clemenza.
Top of the 4th: Padres 5, Red Sox 0
John Lackey just melted down like the Wicked Witch of the West. Here's how the inning has gone:
Ruzzo: Hit by a pitch
Maybin: bunt single to load the bases
Hundley: struck out
Venable: walked to force in a run
Bartlett: Hit by a pitch to force in a run
Wild pitch scores a run
Headley: RBI single to right
Michael Bowden is now pitching. This will be a tough day for Francona to say that Lackey gave them a professional effort and battled. That was a disaster given that the Padres are the worst offensive team in baseball.
Top of the 4th: Padres 1, Red Sox 0
We're back under way after a delay of 38 minutes. Lackey finished off the third inning. The Sox threatened in the bottom of the inning but did not score. Gonzalez and Youkilis had singles with two outs before Ortiz lined to the shortstop.
Gonzalez is now hitting .354.
Top of the 3rd: Rain delay
Not good. The skies opened up and the game was delayed with two on and two outs. Here comes the tarp.
The Sox have a day off tomorrow, so their pitching will be OK. But after Aceves went yesterday, they don't really have a long reliever if Lackey can't come back. Could be looking at Bowden, Wheeler and Albers for 3-4 innings.
Top of the 3rd: Padres 1, Red Sox 0
Varitek reached on an infield single with two outs. But Cameron flied to right field. he is 13 of 86 (.151) on the season, 2 for 28 this month. The Red Sox could have some tough decisions once Carl Crawford comes back.
Middle of the 2nd: Padres 1, Red Sox 0
Hudson singled and Maybin walked with two outs. But Lackey got Hundley on a fly ball to left.
Top of the 2nd: Padres 1, Red Sox 0
After leaving a small village of runners stranded last night, the first inning did not go well. Pedroia, Gonzalez and Youkilis had singles to load the bases with one out. Then Ortiz grounded into a double play.
Top of the 1st: Padres 1, Red Sox 0
John Lackey continued to ingratiate himself with the fans of Boston by allowing a leadoff home run to Will Venable.
It was Venable's first home run of the season in 150 at-bats. But, hey, Lackey didn't walk anybody.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from Fenway. It's misty here and the skyline is shrouded with fog. But we have baseball.
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