Game over: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 12
There were 34 hits and it took four hours and three minutes. Back with more later on.
Bottom of the 9th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 12
Sox haven’t scored since the sixth inning. Papelbon in to try and close this circus out.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 12
Bard did his job, limiting the damage. If the Sox can score five or six in this half inning, that should be enough to hold on.
Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 11
Like I said, the lead was in danger as soon as Oki came in. In English his name means “Hitters Aren’t Fooled Any More.” 7.2 innings, 13 hits, 4 walks and only 4 strikeouts this season.
I’m sticking with 13 runs wins, however. Have faith in Bard.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 10
I think the hitters are tired. There have been nine consecutive outs in the game. Okajima in to pitch after two perfect innings by Delcarmen. The three-run lead is back in danger.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 10
This game is actually settling down a bit as Janssen managed to throw a scoreless seventh for Toronto.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 10
I’m sticking with my “first team to 13 wins” prediction made earlier. Schoeneweis continued to pave the road for Alan Embree by allowing a homer to Overbay. But Manny Delcarmen came in and retired three batters in a row. I was half expecting the team to carry him off the field on their shoulders.
Opponents now 2 for 29 against MDC this season.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 9
In the battle to see which pitching staff stinks most, the Blue Jays are fighting. Shawn Camp allowed singles by Varitek (3 for 4) and Beltre before giving way to Casey Janssen. Darnell McDonald doubled in a run (he now has five RBI in seven games) before Scutaro reached on an infield hit to drive in another.
Pedroia lined a two-run double down in the line in left. Scutaro was out by five feet but Buck dropped the ball. Scutaro is 3 for 5 with a walk, four runs scored and an RBI in his return to Toronto.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 9
Well, I’m shocked. Atchison, after getting two outs, allowed an infield hit by Lewis before walking Hill. Terry Francona, who must be chewing on Vicodin at this point, called in Scott Schoeneweis and he promptly served up an RBI single.
Meanwhile, you know you’re in Canada when you walk through the back of the press box and two of the three televisions are on hockey games. And what is the deal with Tabasco sauce at the popcorn machine? People do that? I had never noticed that before.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 8
Pedroia singled with two outs, stole second and scored on a single by Youkilis. First team to 13 wins. I know it.
Bottom of the 4th: Red Sox 8, Jays 8
You want the good news or bad news? The good news is Josh Beckett is out of the game. The bad news is that Scott Atchison is in. After Beckett walked the first two batters of the inning, Atchison came in and got two outs before Alex Gonzlez ripped a triple to the gap in left.
(Cue Bob Lobel: “Why can’t we get players like that?”)
So we’re starting over again, tied at 8-8
The six runs allowed in one inning (Beckett in the third) were the most for a Red Sox pitcher since John Smoltz gave up seven against the Yankees last Aug. 6 in the Bronx. Beckett has a 7.22 ERA.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 8, Jays 6
Hope you had the over. The Red Sox came off the ropes and scored three runs. Scutaro walked before Pedroia hit a grounder that the Jays couldn’t turn into an out at second. Youkilis then singled to load the bases. Jason Varitek ripped a two-run single to left off Jeremy Accardo before Youkilis scored on a wild pitch.
You know what’s scary? The Sox have eight runs over four innings and they’re “only” 7 of 14 with runners in scoring position. They’ve left six men on base.
This is going to be a long night. I better cut back on the Molsons.
Meanwhile, they get the lead back for Beckett and he walks the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the inning. Can the Sox tear up that extension? Is it too late?
Bottom of the 3rd: Jays 6, Red Sox 5
See, here’s the thing, Josh. If you’re going to have a personal catcher, it’s supposed to be because you pitch better with him than you do with the other guy.
Beckett has been just awful tonight. There is one out in the third inning as I write this and he has allowed nine hits — six of them for extra bases. Jose Bautista just crunched a three-run homer that landed in the second deck.
Middle of the 3rd: Sox 5, Jays 0
The Sox sent nine men to the plate in the inning, collecting four hits and scoring four runs. Marco Scutaro, who clearly loves playing here, started it with a double. After Dustin Perdoia singled and Kevin Youkilis walked to load the bases, Mike Lowell popped to center and J.D. Drew struck out.
But Jason Varitek, having again emerged from the Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine, clouted a double to left to plate a pair. Then Adrian Beltre crushed a two-run double off the wall in right. Bill Hall walked but Darnell McDonald flew to right, leaving two runners stranded.
It’s 5-0. No excuses for Josh Beckett.
Top of the 3rd: Sox 1, Jays 0
Beckett gave up a rocket double by Buck and Snider stung a ball to center that McDonald tracked down. He has been hit hard but not yet allowed any runs.
27.2 innings, 31 hits for Beckett this season
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Jays 0
Darnell McDonald’s All-Star candidacy just took a hit as he struck out to end the inning. Bill Hall gave the ball a ride in his at-bat but Wells tracked it down in deep center.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Jays 0
Beckett allowed two-out hits by Lind and Wells but got Overbay on a little flare to shortstop that Scutaro gathered in. If the first inning was any indication, we’re going to see some hits this evening.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Jays 0
The Sox had four hits and scored only one run as Kevin Youkilis was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Travis Snider.
Well, he was called out by umpire Ed Hickox. Replays showed he was safe. Marco Scutaro, who scored ahead of Youkilis, guided him to the outside corner of the plate and Kevin hit it before John Buck tagged him.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Jays 0
They fans here (all 415 of them by the looks of things) booed Marco Scutaro when he came up. Attention, hosers, the Jays didn’t offer him a contract. Was he supposed to stay and play for free?
Scutaro singled and we’re under way.