Game over: Red Sox 6, Orioles 0
Joe Nelson put two on base then fanned the side.
Bottom of the 8th, Red Sox 6, Orioles 0
Where have the Red Sox been hiding Peter Hissey? The pride of West Chester, Pa. just lined a two-run double into center. He’s 2 for 2 today and the Sox are rolling.
Bottom of the 8th, Red Sox 4, Orioles 0
Sox added a run as Mark Wagner doubled and scored on Nava’s two-out RBI single. Tug Hulett followed with a double. Ray Chang was then hit in the back of the helmet by a pitch and left the game.
Bottom of the 8th, Red Sox 3, Orioles 0
Brand new lineup in for the Sox, all the minor leaguers mentioned in earlier in this post. Nice work by the Sox, who have allowed only three hits (all singles) all day
Bottom of the 7th, Red Sox 3, Orioles 0
Marco Scutaro just hit his first home run of the spring. Just before that, the backstop netting saved some poor fan from being hit with a jagged end of Bill Hall’s maple bat when it shattered in half.
Middle of the 6th, Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Lots of focus here on Delcarmen’s velocity. He’s been 90, 91 all spring and wasn’t any better than that today. He’s usually a 95, 96 guy. Some pitchers need time to build up their arm strength. But Delcarmen did end last season with shoulder issues that he did not reveal until just before the playoffs. This is a situation that bears watching.
Top of the 6th, Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Sox go in order against Tillman, who really pitched well today outside of the 4th inning. Manny Delcarmen into pitch for the Sox. Ellsbury was taken out as well. He was 0 for 3 in his first game back after being sick for a few days.
Middle of the 5th, Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Wakefield is going to make the Early-Bird Special in time. His line so far: 5 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 65 pitches, 38 strikes. He has been terrific.
Top of the 5th, Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Tillman got out of the inning but tossed 28 pitches. The Sox were on him the second time through the order, which is not uncommon with young starters.
Bottom of the 4th, Red Sox 2, Orioles 0
Pedroia finished a great at-bat with a double down the left-field line. Martinez pushed him to third with a sharp grounder to first base. Youkilis then cracked his first homer of the spring, a shot to left. Ortiz just walked and Tillman is cracking.
Middle of the 4th, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
Wakefield walked Montanez. Atkins popped to second then Salazar lined right to Youkilis at first, who stepped on the bag to double off Montanez and end the inning. I have Wakefield for a tidy 48 pitches through four innings, 30 of them strikes.
You have to hand it to Wakefield, he has recaptured the form he showed in the first half of last season.
Top of the 4th, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
Three innings in 39 minutes. It’s like everybody has somewhere to go. Tillman has been almost perfect. Beltre swing and missed at a wild pitch and reached first to lead off the third inning. Other than that, the Sox have not had anybody on base.
Middle of the 3rd, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
Six up and six down for Tillman. Wakefield allowed a one out single to Davis. He stole second and went to third on a wild pitch but was stranded.
Middle of the 2nd, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
The Sox went in order against Tillman, one of Baltimore’s top prospects. Wakefield just retired the side in order. He has thrown 23 pitches, 16 strikes.
Top of the 1st, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
It’s 72 and sunny here in the Fort with Tim Wakefield on the hill. The Red Sox added 10 players to the roster today. They are:
RHPs Ryne Lawson and T.J. Large, LHP Tom Hottovy, INFs Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Dent, Ray Chang and OFs Pete Hissey, Dan Nava, Mitch Dening and Alex Hassan.
Middle of the 1st, Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
Wakefield allowed a two-out single by Montanez but struck out two. He had the knuckleball in the strike zone, throwing 11 of his 16 pitches over the plate.