Top 9th: Red Sox 17, Angels 8
Game over. Sox score 17, with four homers (Bill Hall, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Beltre) and 20 hits. Beltre, Pedroia and Drew each had three RBI and Lowell had four to pace the Sox attack. Scott Schoeneweis had trouble in the 9th allowing 4 Angels runs. He struck out Brandon with the bases loaded to end it. We’ll check on Clay Buchholz, who went 5-2/3 to see whether getting hit on the leg in the second inning had any effect on his outing – 8 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 17, Angels 4
Someone check the water. Mike Lowell has knocked in his fourth run with his third double and Beltre followed with a ground-rule double, his third RBI. Twenty, count ’em, twenty hits for the Sox. Bill Hall knocked in run No. 17 with a sharp ground out to third. Scutaro ends the inning with a 5-4-3 DP. Update: People are leaving the ballpark in droves. About half of the 37,404 are gone.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 14, Angels 4
Angels look like the Red Sox. Seven more runs off Angels relievers Palmer and Stokes. Drew knocked in his third run scoring Youkilis (double). Lowell pounded a double off the wall scoring Drew, who went right through third base coach Tim Bogar’s stop sign to score. On the play, Napoli was charged with a throwing error and Lowell advanced to third. He scored on Adrian Beltre’s first homer of the season. The inning continued with a walk to McDonald and a single by Scutaro. Pitching change: Stokes for Palmer. On an 0-1 pitch, Dustin Pedroia smacked a three-run homer into the Monsters. That’s 16 hits, four homers. Yikes.
Top 6th: Red Sox 7, Angels 4
Buchholz is out after 5-2/3 innings. He allowed 8 hits and 4 runs, 9 ground ball outs, and he was yanked by Terry Francona after allowing a single to MIke Napoli on his 109th pitch. The Angels scored a run on Howie Kendrick’s sac fly after Juan Rivera and Izturis singled to put runners at the coners with no outs. Manny Delcarmen came on to strikeout Aybar to get out of the inning.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 7, Angels 3
Two more for the Sox here. A bases-loaded single to the right of second base by J.D. Drew has raised the lead to 4 runs. It all started with McDonald’s single to center and then a great take-out slide at second by McDonald foiled the Angels turning a DP on Scutaro’s grounder. With two outs, Victor Martinez drove a ground-rule double to the opposite field into the Angels bullpen. The Angels then walked Youkilis intentionally to bring up Drew. The Maniacal One, Chuck Waseleski writes in that the five-run Sox lead after three innings was the largest they’ve had since April 11 at KC, 20 games ago. The Sox have also had a caught stealing in the last six attempts after Buchholz picked off Hunter in the fourth.
Top 4th: Red Sox 5, Angels 3
Buchholz got a tad out of his game here when he walked a pair and allowed three hits including a damaging bases-loaded two-run double to center to Maicier Izturis. The Angels scored a third run on Howie Kendrick’s ground ball to third where Beltre thought about going home but made the safe play at first.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 5, Angels 0
Quite an event here at Fenway. A five-run outburst by the local lads. Two more were added by Mike Lowell, who smacked a double over Torii Hunter’s just beneath the 379 foot sign in leftcenter off Joe Saunders scoring J.D. Drew (single) and Kevin Youkilis (hit by pitch). Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck warned Saunders after hitting Youkilis off the left elbow/back. Youkilis had some words directed toward Saunders as he walked to first but MIke Napoli got in between Youk and Saunders to make sure things didn’t escalate. Youkilis had homered off Saunders in the second inning.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 3, Angels 0:
The Sox have come out with angry bats against lefty Joe Saunders. Kevin Youkilis hit a solo shot over the Monster seats to open the second inning and Bill Hall has added a two-run shot deep into the Monsters with Mike Lowell (single) aboard for the three-run lead.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Buchholz got out of a hairy situation in the second inning when two Halo runners reached. One of them almost took Buchholz out. Kendry Morales ripped a ball back at Buchholz that hit the slim righty off the left inside foot. Buchholz was OK but Morales reached on an the infield hit. After Hideki Matsui struck out, Juan Rivera reached on Adrian Beltre’s sixth error (Hello Butch Hobson) when he couldn’t handle the inbetween hop. Buchholz got the last two batters to ground out.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Nice quick start for Clay Buchholz. A pair of grounders to second base and a line out to shortstop. Buchholz is trying to continue his fine pitching of late. He hurled 8 strong innings in a 2-1 win over the Jays on April 27th, allowing just one run.