Bottom of the 6th: Red Sox 7, Natonals 1
Varitek just cleared the bases with a double as the Sox are blowing it out. They sent 10 batters to the plate that inning. With that, I’m done keeping score.
Bottom of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Nationals 1
With Olson done, the Sox are picking on a wild Mike MacDougal. Five singles, a walk and two wild pitches have accounted for three runs in this frame.
Middle of the 6th: Nationals 1, Red Sox 0
Buchholz has retired 16 in a row after settling the Nationals down in the sixth. He got the handshake and slap on the back from Terry Francona as he entered the dugout, so that weill be it for him today. His final line: 6 2 1 1 1 1. Good way for him to head into the season.
Middle of the 5th: Nationals 1, Red Sox 1
The Sox went in order in the 4th. Buchholz, meanwhile, has retired 13 straight going back to the first inning. Might be a good time for Terry Francona to pat him on the back. Buchholz has a fragile enough psyche that a nice shot of confidence leaving spring training could do him a world of good. He has been terrific today.
Middle of the 4th: Nationals 1, Red Sox 1
Olson has struck out five in his three innings. He got Ortiz to end the third. Buchholz had another 1-2-3 inning. Good finish to the spring for him so far: 4 2 1 1 1 0
Middle of the 3rd: Nationals 1, Red Sox 1
Three more grounders for Buchholz, who has retired eight straight. … In case you missed it, Nick Cafardo checked in with the news that Nick Johnson fouled a ball off his knee and had to leave the Yankees game. No word on whether he’ll be able to play Sunday.
Top of the 3rd: Nationals 1, Red Sox 1
The Sox scored one and should have had more. Ortiz led off with an opposite-field double to left. Beltre followed with a single. Drew struck out but Cameron drove in a run with a pop-up that just fell in. Scutaro had a good at-bat but flew out to right. Ellsbury then whiffed again.
Middle of the 2nd: Nationals 1, Red Sox 0
Outside of a Martinez walk, the Sox were quiet in the first inning. Buchholz just got three groundballs in the second. Beltre snapped two of them up.
Middle of the 1st: Nationals 1, Red Sox 0
Buchholz allowed a run on two hits including a double by Harris. He has great stuff but he needs to learn from John Lackey about how to dictate the game and not let runners rattle him. Hitters feed off indecision.
Top of the 1st: Nationals 0, Red Sox 0
We are underway at City of Palms Park. The Nationals have only two starters (Morgan and Harris) in their lineup. Another sellout crowd as the Sox went 31 for 31 in Florida in terms of sellouts this spring.