Game over: Red Sox 4, Indians 1
Matsuzaka went eight innings before Bard pitched the ninth and allowed a homer by Kearns.
Draft update: Vitek has agreed to a contract
Just spoke to Kolbrin Vitek, who visited the Red Sox over the weekend and said that he agreed to a contract within a few minutes of being drafted tonight. The Red Sox see him as a third baseman.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Indians 0
Matsuzaka waked Peralta to start the inning then dispatched of Hafner, Valbuena and Redmond. He has put only five runners on base tonight through seven innings and appears in complete control.
Draft update: Sox have two picks left tonight
The Sox have No. 36 and No. 39 left to make tonight as the first round and the supplemental round will be conducted before the night is over. The draft is through 25 picks at this point.
We’ll have updates on those picks as the news becomes available.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 3, Indians 0
The Sox tacked on another. Again, the leadoff hitter got on as Scutaro doubled (giving him a career-high three on the night). Pedroia then walked to drive Carmona out of the game.
Facing Rafael Perez, Ortiz grounded into a force, moving Scutaro to third. Youkilis walked to loaded the bases before Martinez delivered a sacrifice fly.
I’m going to hop on a conference call with the first-round draft pick. Be back with a report once that is over.
More on Kolbrin Vitek:
He hit .361/.445/.691 this season and was the MAC Player of the Year. He also went 3-4, 3.28 in 79.2 innings as a pitcher and struck out 60.
Draft update: Red Sox take Ball State IF Kolbrin Vitek with 20th pick.
Vitek is a second baseman who also has pitched, played first base and projects as an outfielder. Theo Epstein reportedly went to see him play, a sign of the team’s interest. He’s 6-3, 195 pounds and was considered one of the better college hitters in the draft.
More on this to come.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Indians 0
Matsuzaka will take his shutout into the seventh inning. Choo singled with one out before Kearns flew to right and Branyan struck out. Dice-K has thrown 11.2 consecutive shutout innings.
Draft update: Red Sox on the clock
19. Astros, RHP, Mike Foltynewicz, Minooka Community, Ill., HS.
My guess will be the Sox take Ball State 2B Kolbrin Vitek.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Indians 0
The Sox put the leadoff hitter on base for the fifth time in six innings but were unable to score. Martinez (2 for 3 and now 27 of his last 57) singled. He is up to .300. Drew flew to left and Beltre popped out. Hall walked but Reddick flied to center.
More draft picks:
17. Rays, OF Josh Sale, Bishop Blanchet, Wash., HS
18. RHP/3B Kaleb Cowart, Cook County, Ga. HS
Sox coming up at No. 20.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Indians 0
Dice-K is giving the Sox what they need with a short bullpen. Donald reached on an error by Beltre with two outs (his second of the game) but was thrown out stealing second by Homecoming King Vic Martinez.
Matsuzaka is at 68 pitches, which is quite tidy for him.
More draft picks:
15. Rangers, CF Jake Skole, Blessed Trinity, Ga., HS
16. Cubs, RHP Hayden Simpson, Southern Arkansas.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Indians 0
The Sox wasted another opportunity. Scutaro doubled to center to start the inning. He moved to third when Pedroia grounded out but had to stay at third when Ortiz (0 for his last 15) grounded to first. Youkilis then struck out.
Sox have left five runners stranded in five innings, two at third.
14. Brewers, RHP Dylan Covey, Marantha, Calif., HS.
Meanwhile, Pawtucket did this to Aroldis Chapman tonight: 2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 6 BB, 1 K. 72 pitches, 33 strikes. Yikes.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Indians 0
This game is not exactly a thriller but Dice-K is doing the job. Branyan singled with a shattered bat with one out But Peralta popped to second and Hafner flied to right.
12. Reds, C Yasmani Grandal, Miami.
13. White Sox, LHP Chris Sale, Florida Gulf Coast
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Indians 0
Sox had a good inning brewing when Martinez doubled off the wall in left and Drew walked But Beltre grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. Hall walked to keep the inning alive but Reddick popped to center.
10. Athletics, CF Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington.
11. Blue Jays, RHP Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech.
Sox pick No. 20.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Indians 0
Crowe walked with two outs and stole second. That got the drum banging in center field but Choo lined to center.
More draft picks:
9. Padres, RHP Karsten Whitson, Chipley, Fla., HS.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Indians 0
Sox created a run there. Josh Reddick grounded a ball down the first-base line that Carmona mishandled then threw late to first. He was charged with an error. Reddick then stole second, his first career swipe.
Pedroia grounded into a force play, moving Reddick to third. Ortiz then grounded into a force and hustled down the line to beat the double-play, allowing Reddick to score. Youkilis then flew to center.
Meanwhile, Pawtucket is cuffing around Aroldis Chapman as they lead 4-0. Tug Hulett homered. Lots of people in baseball were wary of that guy despite his big arm.
More draft picks
7. Mets, RHP Matt Harvey, North Carolina via Fitch HS of Groton, Conn.
8. Astros, CF Delino DeShields Jr., Woodward Academy.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Indians 0
Easy inning for Matsuzaka as Peralta flied to left before Hafner and Valbuena each grounded to second. I wonder whatever happened to the original Travis Hafner, the guy who played for Cleveland back in 2007. This other guy is awful.
More draft picks:
5. Indians, LHP Drew Pomeranz, Ole Miss
6. Diamondbacks, RHP Barrett Loux, Texas A&M
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Indians 0
The Sox went in order against Carmona.
Meanwhile, in the draft, here are the last few picks:
3. Orioles, Manny Machado, SS, Brito Miami Private School.
4. Royals, Christian Colon, SS, Cal-State Fullerton.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Indians 0
Kearns singled with one out. With the Sox in a shift, Branyan grounded to shortstop where Beltre was. He bobbled the slow roller but was able to run down Kearns, who tried to take third. That ended the inning. Beltre was charged with an error to account for Branyan
Draft update, 7:20 p.m.: Here are the first two picks:
1. Nationals: Bryce Harper, C/OF, College of Southern Nevada
2. Pirates: Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS, Texas
Now the Orioles are expected to take SS Manny Machado.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Indians 0
That’s didn’t take long. Former Indians prospect Marco Scutaro doubled to left, moved up on a groundout by Pedroia and scored when Youkilis flied deep to center.
Victor Martinez got a smattering of applause from the fans. Of course given the crowd, a smattering was about all they were capable of.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
Good evening from Progressive Field, where’s there’s nothing but blue sky and it’s 65 degrees. Small crowd here tonight to see their beleaguered Indians.
We’ll have draft updates on this post, too. So keep an eye out for those.
Enjoy the game and, please, feel free to leave your comments.