Game over: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2
McDonald popped up as the rally fell short. Time of game: 2:32. Back with more later.
Bottom of the 9th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2
Beltre RBI single. Now it’s up to McDonald.
Bottom of the 9th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1
Ortiz was called out looking by Dale Scott on a pitch that was well out of the strike zone. He argued vehemently and was not ejected, which usually is a sign the umpire knows he messed up.
Bottom of the 9th: Blue Jays 3 Red Sox 1
Here come the Sox? Youkilis singled with one out and scored when Drew crushed a double to dead center. Now Ortiz is up with a chance to do some damage.
Middle of the 9th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0
Delcarmen got two outs before Bautista singled but Schoeneweis struck out Snider. Now Kevin Gregg will try and close it out for Toronto.
Top of the 9th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0
Frustrating inning for the Sox. Darnell McDonald pinch for Hermida and singled to left. Mike Lowell pinch hit for Van Every and had nine-pitch AB before popping out. Scutaro then hit the ball hard but right at Lewis in left field. Pedroia also lined to left.
Eight innings in 2:01.
Sox just announced a sellout. Attendance is based on tickets sold, not butts in seats.
Middle of the 8th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0
Delcarmen set down the side in order. Scott Downs replaces Marcum, who threw 103 pitches over his seven innings. He allowed two singles (both by Ortiz), a walk and struck out six.
Top of the 8th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0
David Ortiz had a two-out single to center. He’s up to .202. But Beltre flied to center. We’ve played seven innings in 1:44.
Ortiz is 9 of 28 (.321) in May.
Wakefield is done after seven innings and 102 pitches. Impressive performance for a guy whose last three outings were in relief. 7 innings, 5 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts. Hard to expect much more than that.
Middle of the 7th: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0
Wakefield walked Bautista with two outs before Snider drove a 1-2 knuckleball into the Toronto bullpen for his fifth home run. He has driven in all three runs today and is 3 for 5 against Wakefield in his career.
Top of the 7th: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0
So much for that. Scutaro fouled out, Pedroia struck out and Martinez grounded back to the pitcher. Marcum has retired 10 in a row and 14 of the last 15. The Sox are taking some bad swings off him.
6 innings: 1 hour and 25 minutes. Crazy.
Middle of the 6th: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0
Randy Ruiz (who I remain convinced once was an opponent of Macho Man Randy Savaga) doubled off the wall with two outs. But Wakefield struck out Wells for the second time to end the inning.
Sox can’t afford to waste this gem by Wake. Top of the order up now, third time around against Marcum.
Top of the 6th: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0
Marcum is handling the Sox with ease. He struck out Beltre, got Hermida on a fly ball to center and Van Every hit a shallow pop.
Beltre is hitless in his last 10 at-bats with five strikeouts. The day off will come at the right time for him.
First five innings: 72 minutes.
Middle of the 5th: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0
After the Sox went in order in the bottom of the fourth, Overbay started the top of the fifth with a double to the triangle in center. He scored on a one-out double down the first-base line by Snider. But Wakefield left the runner stranded.
Sox have one hit off Marcum. They need to start generating some offense to help Wakefield out.
Middle of the 4th: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0
Wakefield goes 1-2-3 again. He struck out Vernon Wells to end the inning. It was the 2,000th strikeout of his career. That is fourth among active pitchers behind Jamie Moyer (2,362), Javier Vazquez (2,273 going into today) and Andy Pettitte (2,177).
What do you figure, all 2,000 times guys walked back to the dugout muttering “How did I not hit that damn thing?”
Top of the 4th: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0
Pedroia was hit by a pitch with two outs before Martinez flied to center. The first three innings took 43 minutes. In other news, both teams are off tomorrow.
Middle of the 3rd: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0
Wakefield’s perfecto was broken up by Jose Molina’s two-out single. But Lews fouled out to Martinez to end the inning.
Many empty seats at Fenway Park today. As I look around the park there are entire empty rows of seats.
Top of the 3rd: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0
Youkilis walked and went to third on a one-out single by David (8 for 26 in May) Ortiz. Beltre hit a fly ball to center, not deep enough to score Youkilis. Then Hermida, the king of a two-out RBI this season, popped to second as McDonald made a nice catch with his back to the plate.
Middle of the 2nd: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0
The Sox went down in order against Marcum. Wakefield did the same in the top of the second. Wells flew to center, Overbay struck out swinging and Bautista grounded to short. 21 outs away from Dallas Braden.
Middle of the 1st: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0
Three up and three down for Wakefield. According to the pre-game weather announcement there is no wind. That’s good for the knuckleball. At least in theory.
Top of the 1st: Blue Jays 0, Red Sox 0
We’re about to get going here at Fenway Park as the Red Sox go for the sweep. Hope you enjoy the game and please, feel free to add your comments about the game. It’s 51 degrees at game time (on May 11?) and it’s not raining.