Middle of the 8th inning: Red Sox 6, Marlins 4
Dice-K had a 1-2-3 inning. There were two fly balls and a groundout that he deflected to second base.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 6, Marlins 4
Daisuke Matsuzaka finally faced big leaguers and it wasn’t especially pretty. Barden singled with one out and scored on a two-out triple of Maybin, who drove a ball to the gap in left.
Bottom of the 6th: Red Sox 6, Marlins 3
The Sox strike back. Hermida walked (and was run for by Jason Place). Tug Hulett (batting for Hall) singled. Scutaro then tripled to center, the ball getting under the glove of Maybin.
It’s Dice-K time as he will face major league hitters for the first time this spring.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Marlins 3
Remember all that nice stuff I said about Wakefield? Forget it. This inning has been a bit of a disaster. Coghlan doubled then scored on Uggla’s homer to left with one out. Baker walked with two outs. Lamb then crushed an RBI double. Helms struck out looking and that is probably the end of the day for Wakefield.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Marlins 0
Ellsbury singled, moved up on a grounder by Scutaro and scored on a double by Martinez. Youkilis singled to send Martinez to third. But Ortiz (who’s having a bad day) whiffed and Drew popped to short.
Wakefield on for the 6th inning.
Middle of the 5th inning: Red Sox 3, Marlins 0
Wakefield is just messin’ with the Fish. Helms singled then was wiped out by a 3-6 double play as Youkilis stepped on the bag and threw to Scutaro. Wakefield then threw a knuckleball to Barden that was right over the plate, daring him to see how far he could hit it. Turns out that was medium center field.
Top of the 5th inning, Red Sox 3, Marlins 0
Martinez eached on an error by the third baseman before Youkilis singled. Ortiz went 4-6-3 but Drew delivered an RBI double to center. Beltre followed with an RBI single to left. Beltre took second on the throw to the plate and scored on a single to right by Hermida.
Tell you what, the Sox are not going to be shy trying to get at-bats for Hermida.
Middle of the 4th inning: Marlins 0, Red Sox 0
Wakefield retired the side in order, getting Lamb swinging at a third strike that moved like a Frisbee. He has retired eight of the last nine batters he has faced and thrown only 46 pitches.
Top of the 4th: Marlins 0, Red Sox 0
Belte singled and went to third when Hermida mashed a double to left. But Hall struck out, Ellsbury grounded to third and Scutaro popped to second.
Middle of the 3rd: Marlins 0, Red Sox 0
Barden led off the third with a double. But Wakefield got Coghlan, Maybin and Uggla with no difficulty. I have him for 38 pitches, 28 strikes. He has made it look easy this spring.
Middle of the 2nd: Marlins 0, Red Sox 0
Ellsbury doubled to start the bottom of the first then was picked off. Scutaro grounded out before V-Mart whiffed. Wakefield allowed a one-out double by Lamb then struck out Helms before getting Peterson on a grounder back to the mound.
At the moment, Wakefield has a 2.87 ERA this spring.
Middle of the 1st: Marlins 0, Red Sox 0
Tim Wakefield issued a one-walk to Cameron Maybin, who promptly stole second. But Wakefield got Uggla to pop out before fanning Cantu on three pitches.