Game over: Royals 4, Red Sox 3
Ellsbury struck out looking before Pedroia popped to right.
Sox were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position tonight and are 7 for 37 (.189) for the season. That’s three straight losses for the Sox. Counting the playoffs, they have lost 12 of their last 17 games.
Back with more later on.
Top of the 9th: Royals 4, Red Sox 3
The Red Sox bullpen this season: 13.1 innings, 13 hits, 8 earned runs, 8 walks. That is just awful.
Meanwhile, Cameron singled and Scutaro bunted him to second. Ellsbury and Pedroia will get a chance to tie it.
Bottom of the 8th: Royals 4, Red Sox 3
Butler struck out as pinch runner Willie Bloomquist stole second. Ankiel followed with a broken-bat single to left. Ankiel is 4 for 4 with a double, a homer, and three RBIs.
Now the Red Sox will have to deal with Joakim Soria,
Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Royals 2
Trouble. DeJesus doubled off Okajima before Podsednik sacrificed him to third. In came Bard, who walked Callaspo. Now Butler up with the go-ahead run on base. He needs a double play.
Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Royals 0
Sox squandered another chance. Jeremy Hermida (hitting for Ortiz) singled in his first plate appearance for the Sox. Beltre followed with a single but Drew struck out to end the inning. The Sox are 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
Wakefield is done after 96 pitches. Okajima in.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Royals 2
Wakefield got two outs before Getz tried to bunt his way on. Estabrook called him out for bunting the ball while out of the box. It didn’t look that bad on replay, but that was the call.
The line for Wakefield: 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts.
To put that in a little perspective, he went longer than Beckett, Lester, or Lackey and struck out only two fewer then the three of them did. Granted, it was against the Royals. But still impressive
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 3, Royals 2
Cameron and Scutaro drew one-out walks off reliever Robinson Tejada. But Kyle Farnsworth came in and got Ellsbury on a grounder to first and struck out Pedroia. Wakefield back out for the seventh having thrown 86 pitches. One way or another, this inning is probably it for him.
Bottom of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Royals 2
Suddenly we have a plot twist in the Tim Wakefield comeback story as Billy Butler and Rick Ankiel homered on consecutive pitches, the first to left and the second to right. Ankiel is 3 for 3 against Wakefield and 5 for 7 in his career with three extra-base hits.
Bottom of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Royals 0
Some fireworks in the top of the inning as Ortiz was called out swinging by umpire Mike Estabrook and was ejected. It was a bad call as replays shows he checked his swing. Ortiz asked him to check with third base and Estabrook refused.
Paging Mike Lowell? It was the eighth career ejection for Ortiz, who wasn’t thrilled with the strike zone in his previous at-bats.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Royals 0
Easy inning for Wakefield: foul pop to the catcher, strikeout, and a fly ball to right. He has thrown only 69 pitches and could be good for another two innings.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Royals 0
The Sox went in order against Davies as Ellsbury fouled out, Pedroia grounded out, and Martinez flew to left.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Royals 0
The Sox preserved the shutout, but it wasn’t easy. Ankiel doubled with one out then was thrown out at third on a grounder to short as Scutaro stabbed a hot shot off the bat of Guillen. Kendall followed with a double over the head of Cameron in center. But he hit the cutoff man and Pedroia threw a strike to the plate to nail Guillen as Martinez blocked the plate. Tremendous play all the way around for the Sox.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Royals 0
Youkilis singled before Ortiz beat the shift with a double to left field. Yes, that would be David Ortiz, the guy who is finished. He had a double. Beltre grounded to second to drive in a run before Drew crushed a changeup to center. It sailed to the base of the scoreboard, 443 feet away, and cleared three walls in the tiered batters’ eye.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Tim Wakefield is motoring along. He walked walked DeJesus on four pitches with one out but got Podsednik and Callaspo on fly balls. His line so far: 3 2 0 0 1 4.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Pedroia walked to load the bases but Martinez grounded into a 3-6-1 double play. Sox are now 6 for 30 on the season with runners in scoring position.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
The Sox have something cooking here against Davies. Cameron singled then went to third when Ellsbury dumped an excuse-me double down the left-field line, a shallow pop-up that fell where nobody could get it.
Now a chance for Pedroia to give the Sox the lead.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Wakefield allowed a single by Ankiel, who stole second. But that was as far as he got as Betancourt struck out swinging. Wakefield has K’d four in his two innings. Beckett, Lester, and Lackey combined for eight in the first three games of the season.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Beltre reached on a two-out error. But the Sox otherwise went quietly.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Wakefield had two strikeouts in the inning — one more than Josh Beckett had in his entire first outing.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
Ellsbury singled but was thrown out trying for second. He slid awkwardly and was lucky not to get hurt. Pedroia flew out and Martinez grounded out. Out comes Tim Wakefield.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Royals 0
We’re underway in Kansas City after a bit of a delay. Enjoy the game, everybody.