Game over: Rockies 8, Red Sox 6
Oops. Jonathan Papelbon gave it up. A game-tying homer to Ian Stewart on a 1-0 count to open the bottom of the ninth and then a two-run pinch-hit homer by Jason Giambi, erasing all the good the Sox had done in a game in which they had overtaken Ubaldo Jimenez at Coors Field before 48,243.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Rockies 5
Love seeing those double switches. Francona took Lackey out after 6.2 innings, brought in Daniel Bard. He pulled David Ortiz from first base, replaced him with Victor Martinez, and then put Jason Varitek behind the plate. Bard got the last out of the seventh. Lackey allowed 10 hits and five runs but retired 10 of the last 11 men he faced.
Top 6th: Red Sox 6, Rockies 5
Holy cow! Nava and McDonald. Are you kidding me? Jimenez has made the best hitters in the game look sick. Nava hits his second gap double and knocks in his third run and then hometown boy Darnell McDonald hits a two-run homer to tie. How about Lackey? He doubles to the gap – his second hit. Boston bench goes crazy. Scutaro bloops a single to right, scoring Lackey. What an amazing turn of events. After the Scutaro hit, Jimenez is taken out of the game by Jim Tracy. He gets a standing ovation for his worst and shortest outing of the season. He hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs this season in an outing, that one vs. Toronto June 11 in six innings in a win. Jimenez has been sick and maybe didn’t have his full strength. Huston Street is on, making his first appearance of the season.
Bottom 5th: Rockies 5, Red Sox 2
Lackey’s first 1-2-3 inning. Sox have squandered chances against Jimenez, but frankly I’m shocked they’ve even had them.
Top 5th: Rockies 5, Red Sox 2
Two runners on against Jimenez and Sox can’t score. John Lackey reached on an infield hit on a ball hit up the middle that Barmes, who has great range, couldn’t quite come up with. After Scutaro singled, Pedroia struck out and Martinez flied out. Both pitchers now have base hits.
Bottom 4th: Rockies 5, Red Sox 2
Nice throw from the corner in right field by Reddick to gun down Ian Stewart trying to stretch a single into a double. But Barmes followed with a double to left. Boy does the ball carry here! Reddick made another nice, on-the-money throw to Martinez trying to nail Barmes on Jimenez’s hit to right, but Martinez couldn’t field the one-hop throw on what would have been a bang-bang play as Barmes was bearing down on him. As it was, Martinez got hit in the face by Barmes’s leg and was temporarily stunned. But he stayed in the game.
Top 4th: Rockies 4, Red Sox 2
Daniel Nava’s stroked a double to right-center, scoring Dustin Pedroia and Victor Martinez as the Sox cut the Rox lead in half. Yes, even Ubaldo Jimenez is human. He fell behind to a couple of hitters and even crossed up Miguel Oilvo, who committed a passed ball. Pedroia and Martinez each dropped singles to lead off the inning, but Jimenez struck out Ortiz on a 3-2 count, then got Beltre to pop to second. Nava was down, 0-2, against Jimenez before taking a sweet swing and connecting to the gap. Jimenez wiggled out of it, stranding Nava at second when he struck out Reddick.
Bottom 3d: Rockies 4, Red Sox 0
Todd Helton is now 14 for 40 career vs. Boston. He’s definitely found his stroke again against Red Sox pitching. Helton, once rumored in a deal for Mike Lowell a few years back, has started to hit again after being moved to the No. 2 spot in the Rockies order (13 for 43). Helton had one of three singles against Lackey to open the inning. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Jonathan Herrera scored on Brad Hawpe’s hot smash to second, which Pedroia knocked down, recovered, and made the only play he could to first base. Smith followed with a sacrifice fly to left. Olivo struck out to end the inning.
Top 3d: Rockies 2, Red Sox 0
Jimenez has already pitched a no-hitter this season and he had retired the first seven Red Sox. But no worries Boston, your Red Sox will not be no-hit tonight. Home town boy Darnell McDonald made sure of that with a fisted single to left.
Bottom 2d: Rockies 2, Red Sox 0
Tough inning for Lackey, who gave up a triple to Sean Smith into the left center field gap, followed by a two-run homer by catcher Miguel Olivo on a 1-1 fastball. It was Olivo’s 10th round-tripper of the season. Olivo had been 1 for 9 against Lackey before the homer. Here’s the other great thing about Olivo – he’s thrown out 52 percent of would-be base-stealers.
Top 2d: Red Sox 0, Rockies 0
Six up, six down for Sox. Only three players have faced Jimenez before. Cameron, who is not in the lineup is 1 for 8 with a home run and 3 RBIs. Beltre was 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs and McDonald is 0 for 2 with 2 strikeouts.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rockies 0
John Lackey says ‘Take that, Ubaldo!’ Well, not quite. Lackey struck out the first two batters he faced but Carlos Gonzalez doubled over Daniel Nava’s head in left before Brad Hawpe took a 90 m.p.h. fastball for strike three. That’s 3 Ks for Lackey, 2 for Ubaldo.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rockies 0
Welcome to the Ubaldo (Jimenez) Show. Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia went down with strikeouts. Victor Martinez grounded to first. An assortment of changeups, cutters, and fastballs. Great movement low in the strike zone. And to think, this guy isn’t feeling that great tonight after going home yesterday with dizziness.