3:0 p.m.: End of the 6th, Sox 15, NU 0
Luis Exposito had a two-run single as the Sox tacked on some more runs. Time to head to the clubhouse. The guess here is that Robert Manuel will manage to hold the lead. Thanks to everybody who was following the game. Check back later for a report from the clubhouse.
2:50 p.m.: Middle of the 6th, Sox 13, NU 0
Ramon A. Ramirez (the “other” Ramon Ramirez) overcame an error to keep the shutout intact. We’re now having the first playing of the ever-creepy Sweet Caroline. Unless you are an astute observer of the farm system, there aren’t too many guys left in this game you’ve heard of.
The final pitcher is likely to be Robert Manuel.
2:45 p.m.: End of the 5th, Sox 13, NU 0
Ryan Khoury had a two-run single to give the Sox a 12-0 lead. Lars Anderson then added an RBI single. Ino Guerrero, one of the staff members, pinch hit for Ortiz and grounded out earlier in the inning. Yes, we’ve reached that stage of the proceedings.
2:30 p.m.: Middle of the 5th, Sox 10, NU 0
Dustin Richardson just retired the side in order. Sox pitchers have retired 10 straight.
2:22 p.m.: End of the 4th, Sox 10, NU 0
The Sox just scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. They had six hits including that homer by Ortiz. And to think people said they were going to have trouble offensively.
2:19 p.m.: 4th inning, Sox 8, NU 0
This inning is going to be a long one. Luis Exposito, who came in for Martinez, drove a two-run double to the gap in right. That scored Velasquez (single) and pinch runner Bubba Bell. He came in after Ellsbury drew a walk. Ortiz then homered deeeeeeep to right field. The wind caught it, but Ortiz hit it well. All the damage was off NU lefty Charly Bashara
2:01 p.m.: Middle of the 4th, Sox 4, NU 0
Felix Doubront just retired the side in order, striking out two. The pitching line so far for the Sox: 4 1 0 0 0 6
1:54 p.m.: End of the 3rd, Sox 4, NU 0
Victor Martinez reached on a double that the LF lost in the sun. He then scored on a bloop single by Lowrie. But with two runners on and two outs, Frank Compagone made a terrific diving catch to take a hit away from Lin and end the inning.
1:43 p.m.: Middle of the 3rd, Sox 3, NU 0
Adam Mills retired the side in order, striking out two.
1:34 p.m.: End of the 2nd, Sox 3, NU 0
NU reliever Les Williams had some issues in the inning. After Lowrie and Anderson walked, McDonald grounded into a force. After Lin reached on an infield single, Velazquez doubled in two and Lin scored on an error by the left fielder. But after Ellsbury walked, Hall’s GIDP ended the inning.
Adam Mills into pitch.
1:22 p.m., Middle of the 2nd, Sox 0, NU 0
Delcarmen allowed a one-out single by Jeff Dunlap. But he got Chris Guillemette to ground into a double play.
1:16 p.m., End of the 1st, Sox 0, NU 0
Dan Zehr is going to have a nice story to tell his grandkids someday. He just threw a scoreless inning against the Sox. Ellsburr grounded to second before Hall singled. Then Martinez flew to center before Ortiz grounded to first.
Manny Delcarmen in to pitch.
1:08 p.m. Middle of the 1st inning, NU 0, Sox coming up
It’s Casey Kelly’s world and we’re all just living in it. The phenom retired the side on 10 pitches, seven strikes. After falling behind leadoff hittr Tucker Roeder 2-0, he threw three straight strikes. Then came a grounder to second and another swinging strikeout.
That’ll be it for Casey, he’ll finish his day in the bullpen.
1:00 p.m. Start of the 1st inning
The National Anthem has been played, the Sox are on the field and we’re about to get going. It’s a little chilly here in the Fort (58 degrees) and there are many empty seats in the ballpark.