Game Over: Orioles 6, Red Sox 1
Just got back from the clubhouse. Hermida said his hamstring “knotted up” on him but he doesn’t think it’s a significant problem. Pedroia felt great as did Lackey, who threw 15 extra pitches in the bullpen to get to 90.
Embree allowed three runs and wasn’t sharp. He said he is preparing with an eye on Opening Day but it’s fairly clear he needs time on the mound. The question is whether he can get what he needs in a week.
Middle of the 8th, Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Sox have four hits in this game and haven’t done anything in the last three innings. Alan Embree in to pitch.
Top of the 8th, Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Manny Delcarmen started the seventh inning and allowed a single before getting two outs. In came Daniel Bard, who allowed an infield single before getting a called third strike to end the inning.
He has fanned eight in 7.2 innings this spring while allowing three hits without a walk.
Top of the 7th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
That could be it for Lackey. His line: 6 6 2 2 0 3. Counting his minor-league game, he has not walked a batter in 20 innings this spring. You can make a case that nobody in camp has been more impressive.
Top of the 6th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Terrific play by Scutaro to end the inning. Jones grounded a ball up the middle. Scutaro got to it behind the bag and while in the dirt was able to flip it to Pedroia in time for him to turn a double play.
Bottom of the 5th, Orioles 2, Red Sox 0
Trouble for John Lackey, again not entirely his fault. Atkins led off with a double. Wigginton grounded one into the hole that Scutaro tracked down on a slide, dropped then threw a little too wide. Turner followed with a deep fly ball to left that turned poor Mitch Dening around and fell behind him.
Izturis grounded into a force to score one run before Pie delivered an RBI single. The inning is still going on.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Jeremy Hermida left the game with right hamstring tightness. We’ll get more information later on.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
With two outs and nobody on, Tejada hit a slow roller up the first-base line. Martinez tried to tag him and missed. Tejada swerved and dove to the bag. He was called safe and stepped off the bag for a second. Pedroia called for the ball and tagged him out. Nice heads-up play by the second baseman.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
The Sox loaded the bases with no outs as Pedroia and Martinez singled before Betre walked. But Hernandez struck out Mitch Dening (Hermida’s replacement), Scutaro and Reddick to end the inning.
Hernandez has fanned six in his four innings so far.
Top of the 4th, Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Hernandez fanned Hulett and Brown before getting Ellsbury to ground out. He has been terrific. Lackey worked out of a jam not of his own making. Justin Turner reached on an error by Scutaro. Cesar Izturis then grounded into a force play. When Izturis stole second, the ball skipped away and he went to third.
But Lackey got Pie to ground to first (nice play by Martinez on a short hop) before Jones left to center.
Jeremy Hermida left the game after one at-bat. Not sure why yet.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
Hermida had a one-out single for the Sox. Atkins had a two-out single for the Orioles. Other than that, it was an uneventful second inning here in Sarasota.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
The Sox went in order as did the O’s against Lackey. He struck out two and threw nine of his 14 pitches for strikes.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0
We are just underway here at spruced-up Ed Smith Stadium, the new spring home of the Orioles in Sarasota.
A few pre-game notes for you:
* Boof Bonser and Daisuke Matsuaka will pitch in a minor-league game on Monday.
* Tim Wakefield and Matsuzaka will get the game in Washington against the Nationals a week from today.
* Scott Schoeneweis threw a short bullen today and could get in a game as soon as tomorrow.