Game over: Angels 7, Red Sox 2
Lowell singled to start the inning. But that was it. So the Sox finish the season 9-1 against the Angels. Seems safe to say these teams won’t be seeing each other in the postseason again this fall.
Middle of the 9th: Angels 7, Red Sox 2
Wakefield allowed a double by Hunter but struck out Matsui to end the inning. Fernando Rodney in to try and close it out for the Angels.
Top of the 9th: Angels 7, Red Sox 2
No, no life. Martinez popped to shallow center, Beltre had a sacrifice fly and Drew struck out.
Bottom of the 8th: Angels 7, Red Sox 1
Some life? Scutaro singled and went to third when Lowrie doubled down the line in right. Ortiz was then hit by a pitch. That was it for Satana. Now Kevin Jepsen in to face Martinez with the bases loaded and nobody out.
Middle of the 8th: Angels 7, Red Sox 1
Human white flag Tim Wakefield (a role he can;t be thrilled with) came in and retired the side in order. Would you rather see Wake or Beckett in the rotation at this point?
Top of the 8th: Angels 7, Red Sox 1
Ervin Santana is rocking the Sox to sleep. Kalish reached on an error but the Sox otherwise went peacefully. He’s working on a two-hitter with four walks and only one strikeout.
Middle of the 7th: Angels 7, Red Sox 1
Atchison allowed a slow grounder to shortstop by Kendrick, who beat the throw to drive in another run. Aybarr struck out to end the inning. Then Ayla Brown returned to sing God Bless America. Not sure why given that it’s Thursday. But you can never be to patriotic I guess.
Top of the 7th: Angels 6, Red Sox 1
Delcarmen walked Izturis to load the bases. Callaspo then grounded slowly to third. Betre’s only play was to first and a run scored. Delcarmen then walked Hunter and Matsui to force in a run.
So Delcarmen is back on the “untrustworthy” side of the line and Beckett ends his night having allowed six earned runs.
His line in his last three starts: 16 IP, 28 H, 19 ER. Yikes.
Top of the 7th: Angels 4, Red Sox 1
Beckett struck out Mathis. But Bourjos had a bunt single and Abreu walked. Now Delcarmen is in.
Hard to believe but true: Beckett had recorded only three outs after the 7th inning all this season. That’s over 14 starts.
Top of the 7th: Angels 4, Red Sox 1
The Sox had a chance that inning. Ortiz walked with two outs and rumbled to third when first baseman Howie Kendrick let a grounder off the bat of Martinez get by him. But Beltre, the tying run, popped to left.
Beckett stays out there as Manny Delcarmen warms. He is six pitches shy of 100.
Middle of the 6th: Angels 4, Red Sox 1
Beckett got through the rest of the inning.
Top of the 6th: Angels 4, Red Sox 1
Just like that, Bad Josh Beckett has arrived. With one out, Izturis and Callaspo had back-to-back doubles. Hunter followed with a shot down the line at third that Beltre deflected with his glove but could not get a handle on. Matsui then crushed a ball into the Red Sox bullpen.
Just like that, it’s 4-1. Beckett went from a two-hit shutout to getting rocked. Scott Atchison warming up.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 1, Angels 0
Lowell (4-3), Kalish (4-3) and Nava (4-3) all did the same thing. Though five innings there have been four hits in this game.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Angels 0
Beckett retired the side in order. He has set down five straight and 11 of the last 12 batters he has faced. The fifth was an 8-pitch inning for him and he’s at 67 for the night.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Angels 0
David Ortiz pulled a 2-1 changeup to right field, just over the Los Angeles bullpen. No. 27 on the year for Big Papi. Beltre walked with two outs but Drew lined to right.
David hit 29 last season and still has 40 games left. Could he get to 35?
Middle of the 4th: Angels 0, Red Sox 0
Beckett allowed a one-out single by Hunter. But he struck out Matsui and got Kendrick to ground to shortstop.
His line thus far: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. 59 pitches/39 strikes.
The scoreboard just showed Dr. Jim Lonborg and George “The Boomer” Scott at the park. Anybody over 40 just went, “Hey, cool.” Everybody else is saying, “Who are they?”
Top of the 4th: Angels 0, Red Sox 0
Sox went down in order. Santana has retired four straight and six of the last seven batters he has faced.
Middle of the 3rd: Angels 0, Red Sox 0
Beckett retired the side in order with a little help from his friends.
Lowell had a great stab of a hot shot by Abreu and Beckett hustled over to the bag to take the play. Then Drew made a diving catch of a flare to shallow right by Izturis.
Meanwhile, Beckett has extended his streak of recording at least one strikeout in each of the 242 games he has pitched since making his debut. That’s the longest active streak in the majors to start a career.
The record was 349 outings by the terrific (and ill-fated) Dwight Gooden of the Mets from 1984-97.
Beckett now has 793 strikeouts with the Sox, one shy of tying Ray Culp for 10th place in team history, He also has exactly 1,400 in his career.
Thanks to the Red Sox, who had these terrific notes in their pre-game package. Great stuff.
Top of the 3rd: Angels 0, Red Sox 0
Beltre walked but Drew bounced into a double play before Lowell tapped back to the pitcher. Santana looks good, too.
Middle of the 2nd: Angels 0, Red Sox 0
So far, so good for Beckett. Kendrick singled with one out. But Aybar and Mathis flied to left. Beckett has thrown 29 pitches, 18 strikes. He has thrown strike one to five of the eight batters he has faced.
Top of the 2nd: Angels 0, Red Sox 0
Scutaro led off with a single. After Lowrie popped to left, Scutaro was thrown out stealing. Ortiz walked then Martinez flied deep to center.
Middle of the 1st: Angels 0, Red Sox 0
Beckett struck out Abreu on three pitches, for Izturis to fly to center, walked Callaspo and struck out Hunter on three pitches. He threw 15 pitches, 10 for strikes.
Top of the 1st: Angels 0, Red Sox 0
Top-notch pre-game by the Sox. Ayla Brown (daughter of Sen. Scott Brown) delivered the National Anthem and nailed it. Then BC linebacker, and cancer survivor, Mark Herzlich threw out the first pitch to Jon Lester. Nice moment and appropriate considering the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund radio-telethon is going on.
Hope you enjoy the game and as always, we welcome your comments.