Game over: Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 8
The Sox have lost eight straight.
Middle of the 9th: Jays 11, Sox 8
Papelbon worked around a two-out double. Back later with a report from the clubhouse. This is a insanely long game for spring training.
Top of the 9th: Jays 11, Sox 8
Just saw Josh Beckett in the clubhouse. For a guy who is usually hard on himself, he seemed quite chipper about giving up seven runs. He said it was the best he felt all spring and that he threw some good pitches out of the stretch, which is what he had been working on.
Here’s the thing, if he pitches well in Cleveland nobody will care what he did in Florida. Spring training stats are generally not very predictive. That he has walked only 4 batters in 20.1 innings would seem to indicate Beckett is healthy.
Papelbon in for the top of the ninth. Is trying to predict a three-run deficit a bizarro save situation?
Top of the 8th: Jays 10, Red Sox 5
The Sox went in order. They have allowed 68 runs in the last eight games. I know it’s spring training, but still.
Bard on the mound. Bryce Brentz, a supplemental first round pick last June, in right field.
Middle of the 7th: Jays 10, Red Sox 5
Yikes. Beckett hit the first batter he faced and that was it for him. Dennys Reyes, who can opt out of his contract tomorrow, came in and trouble ensued. He walked Thames. A grounded to shortstop that should have produced an out didn’t as Oscar Tejeda dropped the throw to second. A fielder’s choice then scored a run. Then came a three-run blast by Arencibia.
Beckett’s line: 6 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 HPB. He has a 6.64 ERA in 20.1 innings this spring.
His last three games: 14.2 IP, 22 H, 17 R, 13 ER, 3 BB, 12 K.
Top of the 7th: Jays 6, Red Sox 5
Rough night for Beckett as Arencibia doubled and Adam Loewen, the former pitcher trying to make it as an outfielder, clouted a home run over everything in right. He has allowed six runs on 10 hits, four of them for extra bases. Yeesh.
The Sox came back with a run on two hits and two walks. Scutaro was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a single to shallow left by Crawford. But Gonzlez delivered an RBI single. Gonzo was 2 for 4 and hit the ball hard all four times.
With two on and two out, Youkilis struck out.
Top of the 6th: Jays 4, Red Sox 4
Beckett allowed two runs in the fifth. Gose and Patterson had singles. A double steal, a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice accounted for the runs.
The Sox tied it in the bottom of the inning on doubles by Gonzalez and Ortiz.
Beckett is back out there for another inning. He has allowed nine hits through five innings.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Jays 2
Singles by Drew and Varitek (2 for 2) and a wild pitch put runners on second and third. With two outs, Pedroia hit a slow roller down the line at third that stayed fair. That scored Drew.
Top of the 4th: Jays 2, Red Sox 2
Thames singled to start the inning but was picked off by Beckett, who has been working on his move to first. In the bottom of the inning, Crawford singled and took third on a one-out single by Youkilis. But Ortiz grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
Top of the 3rd: Jays 2, Red Sox 2
Beckett worked around a leadoff double in the top of the second. In the bottom of the inning, Ortiz (single), Drew (single), Varitek (double) and Ellsbury (single) produced two runs.
Top of the 2nd: Jays 2, Red Sox 0
Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference. But that was it.
Middle of the 1st: Jays 2, Red Sox 0
Rough inning for Beckett. Patterson hit the first pitch of the game to the base of the wall in center for a double. McCoy followed with a single. With two outs, Cooper hit a liner to center that Ellsbury could not come up with as he broke in. Two runs scored.
Pre-game: Perfect night for baseball here at City of Palms Park. It’s Francona vs. Farrell as the Sox look to snap their losing streak.
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Enjoy the game.