( 5:23, Game Over, Red Sox 18, Orioles 10) The Sox pounded 23 hits and scored 18 runs in smacking Orioles pitching today at Camden Yards. Rocco Baldelli hit a titanic homer in the ninth for the final run. Takashi Saito preserved the 8-run lead in the 9th. On to St. Petersburg to play the Rays on Tuesday.
(5:02, top eighth, Red Sox 17, Orioles 10)
Kevin Youkilis’ streak of reaching base 13 straight times just came to an end with a strikeout in the eighth. Victor Martinez has five hits after stroking an RBI double to right field on a hard hit ball that Aubrey Huff should have had. That was the Sox’ answer to Brian Roberts’ RBI double in the bottom of the seventh.
(4:39, top seventh, Red Sox 16, Orioles 9) Sox lead back to a touchdown. The O’s roughed up Manny Delcarmen and Ramon Ramirez for a couple of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Nick Markakis drilled a two-run double to right field off Ramirez.
(4:19, top sixth, Red Sox 16, Orioles 7) No it’s not Ravens-Patriots. The Red Sox have 19 hits through six innings against this absolutely horrible Orioles’ pitching staff. The Sox scored two more runs in the sixth. Victor Martinez has four hits and knocked in three runs. Kevin Youkilis has reached base five times. Clay Buchholz lasted four innings, allowed seven runs and nine hits including two homers. The last straw was Adam Jones’ fifth-inning blast.
(3:39, top fourth, Red Sox 14, Orioles 6) Terrific pitching, eh? Buchholz’ horrible third was followed by Matt Albers’ horrific fourth. He faced seven batters, five hits, one walk. The Sox scored seven on Mike Lowell’s two-run double, RBI singles by Reddick, Lowrie and Youkilis and a two-run bloop single by Victor Martinez, who has three hits. Buchholz has struck out the first two batters in the fourth.
(3:03, bottom third, Red Sox 7, Orioles 6) The good news is Mr. Untouchable didn’t give it all up. Not a shining moment for Clay Buchholz, who surrendered six runs on some well-struck balls after making some horrible pitches that stayed up in the strike zone like batting practice fastballs. Adam Jones drilled a two-run double to the right field corner, Aubrey Huff drilled a ball off the wall in right for a run, Ty Wigginton struck a line drive to left that hit the foul pole for a two-run homer. Certainly there was one questionable fielding play where the slowed-down version of Mike Lowell, once a Gold Glove third baseman, couldn’t a get a grounder hit to his left by Felix Pie. It’s a ball Lowell would have gobbled up and made a play on the past.
(2:50, bottom third, Red Sox 7, Orioles 0) The Orioles should be a good team in a year or two because of several good looking young players who have started to come up from the minors. But they’ll likely weed out some old vets, especially third baseman Melvin Mora, who is a free-agent and who popped off this morning. Mora, upset at being out of the lineup for the third time in the past four games, said he felt “disrespected” by manager Dave Trembley and questioned whether Trembley had a personal agenda against him. “I don’t appreciate the disrespect, because I’ve been playing hurt for a guy who won’t respect you. I don’t deserve it,” said Mora. “Whatever he wants to do there, he can do it. But like I told you before, I need to have my respect. This is not a guy who just came to the Orioles. This is a guy who’s been here for nine years busting his butt for the organization.” Mora hasn’t had a good year. He is hitting .256 with three home runs and 27 RBIs after knocking in 104 runs and hitting 23 homers last season. Mora said he played hurt most of last year and still contributed quite a bit. “If it’s something personal, you can come and tell me. I just like honesty. … I’m a professional,” he said. Trembley responded with “He’s played here a long time and been a very good player, but most of the times, day games after night games, Melvin has not played,” Trembley said. “It’s like I said, we’ll do our very best to get guys in there, rotated around somewhat, and try to keep everybody sharp.”
(2:38, top third, Red Sox 7, Orioles 0)
Josh Reddick is going to make it hard to send him back to the farm. He just stroked his first major league homer to leftcenter, 366 feet, to add to Boston’s big lead. Reddick had two doubles and a walk in his major league debut Saturday night.
(2:22, top second, Red Sox 6, Orioles 0) Orioles’ righty Jason Berken isn’t fooling anyone today I’m afraid. The former sixth-round pick out of Clemson has just walked off the mound iafter being yanked in the top of the second after walking Kevin Youkilis, who has reached base seven straight times and is 10-for-13 in his last four games. After one out, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia singled with Ellsbury moving to third and Martinez hit a sharp single to right scoring Ellsbury with the fifth run. Brian Bass came on and walked David Ortiz with the bases loaded to force in a sixth run. He went 2-0 to Rocco Baldelli before the Sox sub outfielder popped out to first base on a 2-1 count. Mike Lowell struck out with the bases loaded to end the threat.
(2:03, bottom first, Red Sox 4, Orioles 0) J.D. Drew left the game with a tight left groin muscle. Interesting to watch new catcher Victor Martinez, who provides a nice target for the pitcher and gets down low in his crouch. Weird inning for Buchholz, who walked two, but got a double-play ball from the bat of Felix Pie and then got Nick Markakis to ground out into a force at second base.
(1:50, top first Red Sox 4, Orioles 0) Well….J.D. Drew knocked in two runs with a double to rightcenter and then came out of the game in the bottom of the first. Drew has been hampered with a groin injury and jogged around first into second. Drew had told Terry Francona he could play, but then had to score on Mike Lowell’s single and then didn’t come out for the bottom of the inning. Rocco Baldelli has gone to right. Kevin Youkilis also drove in a run.