Game over: Red Sox 6, Angels 0
Clay Buchholz went seven innings, allowing no runs and reduced his league-leading ERA to 2.36. He improved to 14-5. Felix Doubront and Michael Bowden preserved the shutout with scoreless innings. The big blow was Ryan Kalish’s 4th inning grand slam. Darnell McDonald also hit a solo homer and Victor Martinez stroked an RBI double. Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-4 in his return with an error.
Top 6th: Red Sox 6, Angels 0
Time to include Clay Buchholz in Cy Young discussion? He entered the game as the ERA leader in the AL – 2.49. Through six, he’s held the Angels scoreless. He gave up a pair of two-out singles in the sixth, walked Matusi to load the bases but after a visit from John Farrell he got Aybar to ground out to first base.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 6, Angels 0
Back to-back doubles by David Ortiz and Victor Martinez have produced a 6th run off Jered Weaver with two outs. All six runs have been scored with two outs.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Angels 0
Dustin Pedroia is 0-for-3 with an error so far in his return. He’s struck out and grounded out twice. He made a poor throw while trying to turn a double-play in the fifth that went for an error, but he did make the nice play on the DP that he turned back in the second inning. The good news is he’s back and looks healthy. The rest will come.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 5, Angels 0
Ryan Kalish. Boston’s new rookie centerfielder just put a charge in a change-up for a grand slam over the Red Sox bullpen. His second ML homer and first career grand slam. It came with two outs. David Ortiz started the inning with a single and after a pair of strikeouts, Drew and Lowell walked. Kalish attacked a 1-1 pitch.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 1, Angels 0
Darnell McDonald, homer No. 8, a fastball right down the middle on an 0-1 pitch by Jered Weaver that McDonald sent over the Monster into the windshield of a Toyota with Rhode Island plates.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Torii Hunter robbed Adrian Beltre of a home run with a leaping Tony Conigliaro-like grab at the wall, that carried half his body over the wall. It was the 36th time in his career that Hunter has taken a home run away, the first as a right fielder.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
No ill effects from being stepped on (his foot) in first for Buchholz. A leadoff single by Hideki Matsui turned into a nifty 4-3 double-play by Pedroia, who tagged Matsui and threw to first for the twin-killing.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Nice, sustained ovation for Dustin Pedroia, who turned 27 today and is also in the lineup for the first time since fracturing his left foot. He went on the DL on June 26th. He took a called third strike. Ortiz also struck out as Jered Weaver added to his league-leading strikeout total which was at 182 entering the game.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Ominous at the start – a leadoff double by Bobby Abreu of Clay Buchholz, who also had his right foot stepped on by Maicier Izturis on a cover play at first base. (Sox will have to watch to see how sore this gets as game goes on). Buchholz was OK after taking a couple of warmups and got out of the jam when Alberto Callaspo tapped back to Buchholz who tyrapped Abreu between third and home for the out. He then got Torii Hunter to pop out to left.