Game Over: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 5
Another Jonathan Papelbon meltdown in the bottom of the ninth and another reason to question why on earth was John Lackey taken out of the game? In the end, Fred Lewis’ bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Daniel Bard won it for the Jays. Tough, tough loss for the Red Sox.
To backtrack: Lackey had thrown only 91 pitches and was on his way to a complete game after two subpar performances in a row, but after allowing a solo homer to Jose Bautista to open the 9th, Terry Francona brought in Papelbon. Lackey didn’t seem fatigued, but on came Papelbon and on came misery with it.
Vernon Wells doubled and scored on Adam Lind’s RBI since to center. After a stolen base, Aaron Hill reached on a line drive hit off Papelbon putting runners at first and third. He struck out Travis Snider. But Edwin Encarnacion doubled down the third base line. Tie game. Runners at second and third, pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay was walked intentionally to load the bases. Interesting move here, Papelbon yanked for Daniel Bard. Infield in with one out and the bases loaded. Lewis strikes with a sac fly to medium center and with Ellsbury’s below average throwing arm no chance to make a legitimate throw to the plate.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 2
Strong outing for Lackey. He threw a 1-2-3 eighth inning and dispelled that ‘can’t pitch in the daylight’ stuff. Through 8 he’s allowed seven hits, two runs, K’d four. Thrown 91 pitches.
Top 8th: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 2
More good things for Salty. A double to right, his second of the game, and scored on Darnell McDonald’s triple, his second of the series.
Top Bottom 6th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2
Lackey allowed leadoff double (Fred Lewis) and single (Yunel Escobar) to lead off sixth, then threw a double-play grounder to Jose Bautista which scored the second Jays run. So far Lackey has been able to minimize damage
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1
This is about the time that Lackey’s start turned sour last week in New York. But through five Lackey has thrown the ball well and pitched to contact.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 1
Boy does the ball travel here. David Ortiz’ 25th homer was a line drive to right that just kept carrying. Ortiz becomes the third Sox player with seven 25-homer-plus seasons. Ted Williams and Jim Rice the others.
Top 5th: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1
Jed Lowrie just hit a ball that had wings. It kept going and going and lifted over the right-center fence for a home run, his first of the season batting right-handed
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1
A Lackey leadoff walk to Jose Bautista came back to bite him. After Vernon Wells stroked a single to center advancing Bautista to third, the run scored on Adam Lind’s double-play grounder.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0
We should comment on Salty. He’s not showing signs of the yips that plagued him last last year. He threw out Aaron Hill with a solid throw to second base in the second inning. The one thing he does do is throw the ball very softly back to the pitcher, but that’s something the team can live with. He also seems to receive well, even with unfamiliarity with Lackey and Clay Buchholz for an inning last night. Salty may be this team’s starting catcher next season if he performs well the rest of the way.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 0
Sox break the scoreless tie with a Victor Martinez’ sacrifice fly to right scoring Jacoby Ellsbury, who had reached with a single. Ellsbury, leading off today, worked a double steal with Jed Lowrie (walk) to get into scoring position. Ortiz followed with a single off the right field wall scoring Lowrie. Beltre hit a long fly ball out to center and Drew then stroked a ground-rule double down the right field line which kicked into the stands. With runners at second and third and two outs, Bill Hall, last night’s offensive star with two homers, struck out for the second time in the game.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Big chance gone by the board for the Sox. They had runners at second and third as a result of a walk to J.D. Drew and a bloop double to right by Jarrod Saltalamacchia (we’ll call him Salty from here on out). But with two outs, Mills struck out Darnell McDonald.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
John Lackey needed to step up today after two lackluster starts against the Indians and Yankees. Pitching in day games usually doesn’t bode well for him. He’s 1-5 with a 6.86 ERA in seven day outings and 81 of his career 112 wins have come at night. Only three times this season has he not gone over 100 pitches. Lackey gave up a Yunel Escobar double with one out, but didn’t allow the runner to score.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
We’re underway here at Rogers Centre on a beautiful summer day. Roof is open. Blue Jays lefty Brad Mills, with his high leg kick and somewhat deceptive delivery, struck out Jacoby Ellsbury and Jed Lowrie to start things off, but Victor Martinez extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single up the middle.MIlls got David Ortiz to ground out to second base to end the inning.