FORT MYERS, Fla. - We're about to get underway here at Jet Blue (Fenway South) Park. The Blue Jays, led by John Farrell, will throw Aaron Laffey at Daniel Bard.
It's a big outing for Bard, who was slammed for seven runs on six hits March 15 vs. St. Louis.
Here we go:
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Bard retired the side in order in a strong opening inning where he got two ground ball outs - Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar - and got slugger Jose Bautista to fly out to center field.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
The Sox wasted a one-out double into the left field corner by Jacoby Ellsbury as Dustin Pedroia struck out and David Ortiz grounded out to shortstop.
Top 2nd: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0
Bard's struggles continued. He walked Eric Thames to lead off the inning, and then surrendered a bloop double to right that Ryan Sweeney stopped short of catching. After another walk to Colby Rasmus, Travis Snider shot a two-run double passed Nick Punto down the third base line scoring two runs. David Cooper's sac fly got the third run in.
Bottom 2nd: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2
Kelly Shoppach belted a two-run homer to left center with Mike Aviles (double) aboard.
Top 3rd: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2
Bard put two runners on base with a walk and single, but managed to escape without allowing a run.
Bottom 3rd: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2
The top of the Red Sox order went down in order.
Top 4th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2
Jays go down in order. Nice backhanded diving stop by Pedroia on Cooper's hard hit ball for the second out.
Bottom 4th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2
The Sox (Ortiz, Ross and Sweeney) went down in order.
Top 5th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2
Bard has settled in nicely. He's retired the last eight batters and struck out Jose Bautista with a called third strike.
Bottom 5th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2
The bottom of the Sox order goes down 1-2-3 vs. Laffey.
Top 6th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2
Jesse Carlson replaced Bard. Bard's line - 5 innings, 3 runs, 3 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts. He threw 83 pitches, 49 for strikes. He retired the last eight batters and 12 of the last 14 after a rough second inning. Valentine said he was going to start using relievers in real situations. Carlson came in at the top of the sixth to face lefthanded hitter Eric Thames, who singled off the left field wall. Carlson was replaced by Michael Bowden. The Jays scored twice as Bowden allowed a single to Colby Rasmus and a single by David Cooper and a liner by Jeff Mathis got the runs in.
Bottom 6th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2
A Dustin Pedroia single was all she wrote.
Top 7th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2
Andrew Miller left the game with a mild left hanstring strain. Jays out two runners on, but couldn't score.
Bottom 7th: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2
Sox go down in order. Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney got down on strikes vs. Drew Carpenter.
Top 8th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 2
David Cooper knocks in a run against Doug Mathis, who exits after securing one out for Matt Albers. Jonathan Diaz hit a lined single to right to score the second Jays run. Albers settled down and got out of the inning.
Bottom 8th: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 2
Sox down in order.
Top 9th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 2
Albers puts two runners on into his second inning of relief and then allowed a double By Brian Jeroloman over Pedro Ciriaco's head in center. Unknown how often Ciriaco, an infielder, has played the outfield, but Valentine wanted to find out if Ciriaco could play out there.
Bottom 9th: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 2
Ciriaco (strike out), Kroeger (foul pop out to third), Hassan (walk) and Meneses (fly out to right field).