Middle of the 9th, Orioles 8, Red Sox 4
The three-game win streak looks to be in danger. Thankfully it’s not a Mayor’s Cup game. Back with more later after a visit to the clubhouse.
Middle of the 8th, Orioles 8, Red Sox 4
There have been 24 hits in this game and the lineup right now is pretty much Pawtucket against Norfolk. Daniel Bard whiffed the side in the top of the inning
Top of the 7th, Orioles 8, Red Sox 4
So much for rallies. The O’s scored a run in the sixth when Hermida misplayed a fly ball into a triple. Then in the seventh, the original Ramon Ramirez allowed a three-run homer by Brandon Snyder. That comes a day after Ramon A. Ramirez was hammered by the Twins.
Bottom of the 6th, Orioles 6, Red Sox 4
Here come the Sox. Baltimore’s Chris Tillman allowed a double by Tug Hulett before Josh Reddick homered to right.
Top of the 6th, Orioles 5, Red Sox 2
Ortiz had another hit, a single in the fifth. The Sox put two runners on but could not score. Papelbon threw a perfect fifth inning and now Okajima is on.
Bottom of the 5th, Orioles 5, Red Sox 2
No idea what has happened, but that is the score. … Wakefield said he was pleased with the physical aspects of his performance today and the adjustments he made at the end. He said he was “too quick” with his delivery, which led to some pitches being left up (such as the one Scott hit for the homer) and not “finished off.” Wakefield also is working on a slide step to try and cut down on stolen bases.
Off to the clubhouse. Back later.
Middle of the 4th, Orioles 5, Red Sox 2
Scott doubled off Shouse but Wigginton flew to right. Hall, Hermida and Hulett up next for the Sox.
Top of the 4th, Orioles 5, Red Sox 2
That’s it for Wakefield, 3.2 innings, 9 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 2 HBP. He tossed 57 pitches, 32 for strikes. The wind didn’t do him too many favors. Brian Shouse on to face the left-handed hitting Scott. Good test for him.
Top of the 4th, Orioles 5, Red Sox 2
Lowell is done after two at-bats and three innings in the field. Aaron Bates now at first. Wakefield in for a fourth inning. …The PA is now playing Sweet Child O’ Mine. Because old people in Florida love them some Guns N’ Roses.
Bottom of the 3rd, Orioles 5, Red Sox 2
The panic gripping Red Sox Nation is over. David Ortiz has homered, belting a two-run shot to right field. The trading of Mike Lowell can commence as planned.
Top of the 3rd, Orioles 5, Red Sox 0
Wakefield is getting tattooed here. Eight hits and two hit batters through three innings. He caught a break to end the inning. With runners on the corners, what would have been an RBI single hit Florimon on the leg as he was running. Otherwise it would be 6-0.
Johnny Pesky just got introduced to the crowd and got a standing ovation. He stood and tipped his cap. … Speaking of legends, I had a chance to speak to Dwight Evans today for a story I’m working on. Dewey could not have been more gracious.
Top of the 3rd, Orioles 4, Red Sox 0
Remember what I wrote before about Wakefield being able to limit damage? Not this time. Single, single, three-run homer by Scott to right field. Line shot, too. He has allowed six hits in 2.1 innings. The knuckleball is getting rocked on a windy day here.
End of the 2nd, Orioles 1, Red Sox 0
Outside of a two-out bunt single by the wily Tug Hulett, the Sox went in order.
Middle of the 2nd, Orioles 1, Red Sox 0
Wakefield allowed a wind-blown double and a walk with one out but struck out Florimon and got Tucker to tap back to the mound.
End of the 1st, Orioles 1, Red Sox 0
Lowell singled with one out, Ortiz walked with two outs and Drew singled to load the bases. But Beltre tapped the ball a foot in front of the plate and the catcher stepped on the dish to end the inning.
Middle of the 1st, Orioles 1, Red Sox 0
Tucker singled and went to third on a single by Turner. But Wakefield limited the damage as Montanez popped up, Scott flew deep to center for a sac fly and Wigginton flew to right. Veteran pitchers know the value of getting out of a jam with one run instead of trying too hard and getting in deeper trouble. It’s one of those things that takes a while for a young starter to get a handle on. Take the outs, limit the damage and keep your team in the game
Top of the 1st, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
Tim Wakefield is warming up. Mike Lowell got a big hand from the crowd here at City of Palms Park. It’s strange to see him at first base flipping grounders to the other infielders.
Another nice day here today. Stay with Extra Bases and we’ll keep you posted throughout the game.