Bottom of 9th: Red Sox 11, Orioles 0
Game over. Well, so much for new manager, new attitude. The Orioles looked the same and maybe worse. Don’t hold out much hope for Juan Samuel Magic here. Clay Buchholz got the complete game 5-hit shut out before 30,070 mostly Red Sox fans here at Camden Yards. Buchholz, who threw 101 pitches, is now 8-3.
Top 9th: Red Sox 11, Orioles 0
Jeremy Hermida left the game with a left forearm contusion as a result of his collision with Adrian Beltre. He’s the second Sox outfielder to go down after a collision with Beltre. Jacoby Ellsbury suffered four fractured ribs as a result of his collision back on April 11th. Hermida appears to be day-to-day but it certainly thins out Boston’s outfield unless Mike Cameron returns tomorrow. Update: Beltre doubled in Victor Martinez. Darnell McDonald’s ground ball out just scored Drew. Are we getting close to a forfeit? Mercy rule?
Top 8th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 0
Marco Scutaro has banged out his third hit, this one a home run to left field off Frank Mata, adding to Boston’s lead.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 0
Lost in all of this scoring is a superb outing by Clay Buchholz, who is on his way to an 8-3 record which would tie him with Tampa Bay’s David Price for most victories in the AL. Buchholz is out of the 7th with a three-hitter and frankly there’s no reason for him to continue except for the fact he’s thrown only 81 pitches.
Top 5th: Red Sox 8, Orioles 0
Adrian Beltre survived a collision with Jeremy Hermida in short left field to rob Nick Markakis to end the third. He’s apparently fine as he’s launched a solo homer, his 7th, in the fifth to extend the lead. The homer came off righty Matt Albers. Buchholz is really cruising in this one. While the Sox have 10 hits, the Orioles have two. Update: Wonder if Hermida got hurt in collision. They were looking at his arm at one point. He’s come out in the bottom of the fifth with Bill Hall moving from center to left and Darnell McDonald in center. We may get word on Hermida soon.
Top 4th: Red Sox 7, Orioles 0
Oh boy. Really turning ugly for the O’s. Kevin Youkilis hit a 428-foot bomb on a 1-0 count after a couple of bad fielding plays put Sox runners aboard. Bill Hall struck out but Matt Wieters committed a passed ball and Hall reached. Scutaro hit a one-hopper to Tejada at third and he muffed it. After Hendrickson got next two outs, Youkilis struck.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0
New Orioles skipper Juan Samuel went with an early hook on Chris Tillman with one out in the second inning after the young righty had allowed Boston’s fourth run on Pedroia’s RBI single. Hermida had started the inning with a double to right field corner and Bill Hall singled to left to put runners at the corners. After Scutaro fanned, Pedroia, with his second straight solid at-bat produced. That was all for Tillman. Samuel brought on tall lefty Mark Hendrickson to face David Ortiz, who grounded out to first base moving the runners along to second and third. Youkilis popped out to shortstop Cesar Izturis who avoided a near collision with second baseman Scott Moore.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 3, Orioles 0
Clay Buchholz allowed a couple of long fly ball outs, clanged a ball hit at him by Miguel Tejada and walked Ty Wigginton, but he survived the inning without a blemish.
Top 1st: Red Sox 3, Orioles 0
Chris Tillman is one of Baltimore’s young guns, but not sure he attended Juan Samuel’s first team meeting when the new skipper stressed there was going to be a new way of doing things in Baltimore. Tillman allowed a leadoff single to Marco Scutaro, then walked Dustin Pedroia (who really battled for the walk) and David Ortiz to load the bases. After Kevin Youkilis struck out, the first Sox run came in on a ground ball out to first base. J.D. Drew followed with a two-run double.