Game over: Giants 5, Red Sox 4
Facing Wilson, Nava flied to left before Cameron struck out. Youkilis then tripled to the gap in right. Martinez delivered an RBI single to left field. Beltre then singled to left and Bill Hall walked to load the bases.
That gave McDonald a chance. He fouled off three pitches, took a strike then grounded to shortstop to end it.
The Sox deserved to lose this one. Sloppy defense, poor situational hitting (2 for 11 with runners in scoring position), and poor pitching led to their third loss in four games. The run Ramirez allowed in the eighth inning proved huge.
They left 11 runners on base in the last four innings and scored one run after the first inning.
Top of the 9th: Giants 5, Red Sox 3
The unreliable Ramon Ramirez came out of the bullpen to replace Wakefield and got one out before Nate Schierholtz singled. An infield single by Torres and a wild pitch moved the Schierholtz to third and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Sanchez.
Big run there for the Giants.
12:50 a.m.: Update on Dustin Pedroia
According to the Red Sox, Pedroia had X-rays and the doctors are reviewing them. He’ll have more tests Saturday. That they didn’t say “X-rays were negative” is a bad sign.
Teams never tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth on injuries. They use words designed to be misleading. X-rays are either negative or there is something there. It would seem there is something there. Not good.
Middle of the 8th: Giants 4, Red Sox 3
Casilla got two outs before righthanded closer Brian Wilson was summoned to face McDonald. D-Mac singled to right. David Ortiz came out of the dugout to pinch hit for Wakefield and walked. Wilson clearly pitched around him.
Up came Scutaro and he struck out looking.
Sox have stranded eight runners in the last three innings, 10 for the game
Top of the 8th: Giants 4, Red Sox 3
Uribe singled off Wakefield. But he got two fly outs before Rowand lined to third, a rocket that Beltre plucked out of the air.
Wakefield working on an 11-hitter and he’s down by only one run.
Middle of the 7th: Giants 4, Red Sox 3
Giants reliever Santiago Casilla walked Wakefield. It was Wakefield’s first walk since 1998. Scutaro grounded into a force play before Nava and Youilis drew walks to load the bases with two outs. But Martinez struck as the Sox left the bases loaded for the second straight inning.
The Sox have drawn eight walks.
Top of the 7th: Giants 4, Red Sox 3
Wakefield has more or less done his job as he left two runners stranded in the sixth. His line so far: 6 innings, 10 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts. He’s at 89 pitches.
You know what I’ve never understood? When a run scores because of an error by the pitcher, why is it unearned? Clearly it’s his fault. That should be an earned run.
Wakefield is staying in to hit, so he’s coming back out for the seventh inning. Shows you what Francona thinks of his bullpen options. Due up are Uribe, Sandoval, and Posey, who are 6 for 9 against Wakefield.
Middle of the 6th: Giants 4, Red Sox 3
Beltre flew out to center before Hall walked to load the bases. McDonald had a chance but struck out on three pitches. The Sox have gone cold since the first inning.
Top of the 6th: Giants 4, Red Sox 3
The Sox have knocked Sanchez out of the game as Cameron singled before Youkilis grounded into a fielder’s choice and Martinez walked. Sergio Romo, a righthander, is coming in to face Beltre.
Top of the 6th: Giants 4 Red Sox 3
Wakefield allowed two-out singles by Sandoval and Posey but got Rowand to foul out to the catcher. Rowand came into the game 12 of 19 against Wake and is 0 for 2 with a walk.
Meanwhile the mist is rolling in off the water.
Middle of the 5th: Giants 4, Red Sox 3
The Sox went in order again. Sanchez has retired eight straight. He’s at 92 pitches. The Sox had him on the hook in the first inning and let him off. Bad job.
Meanwhile, he’s throwing a two-hitter.
Top of the 5th: Giants 4, Red Sox 3
Wakefield struck out Whiteside with a 60-m.p.h. curveball to start the inning. Sanchez (2 for 2) singled but Torres grounded into a force before Sanchez flied to center.
Middle of the 4th: Giants 4, Red Sox 3
The Sox went quietly as Sanchez struck out Beltre and Hall before McDonald flied to left. Sanchez has retired five straight and is at 82 pitches. He may only have two innings left.
Top of the 4th: Giants 4, Red Sox 3
Wakefield’s rough night continued as Uribe took him deep to left. Somehow Uribe has 12 homers and 45 RBIs.
On a night when the Rays lost and the Yankees are playing a tight game with the Dodgers (it’s 1-1 in the 4th), the Sox wasted a 3-0 lead. In their division, you can’t afford to do that too often.
Middle of the 3d: Red Sox 3, Giants 3
Youkilis popped out after the walk and Martinez grounded into a double play. Victor is an easy guy to double up. He hit the ball hard and he runs slow.
Pedroia leaves game
Trouble for the Sox. Dustin Pedroia fouled a ball off the inside of his left foot, stayed in the game long enough to draw a walk, then barely made it to first base. He came out and was replaced by Mike Cameron.
Cameron is going to center, Hall shifts to second base and McDonald is in right. Pedroia will certainly have x-rays. We’ll update you when we get results.
Top of the 3d: Red Sox 3, Giants 3
The Giants have tied it up after a poor defensive inning by the Red Sox.
It started with one out when Sandoval singled then took second on a wild pitch. Posey followed with a singe that Sandoval let go between his legs. Sandoval blew through a stop sign and should have been dead at the plate but McDonald overran the ball.
No error was charged.
Rowand then walked. Whiteside followed with a grounder up the middle. An overambitious Pedroia slid into the ball, blocking Scutaro from making the play. It went as a single to load the bases.
Sanchez followed with a squeeze bunt to Wakefield’s left. He fielded the ball and had no play at first but tried a backhanded flip to Youkilis. The ball sailed away and Rowand scored from second. It was a terrible decision by Wakefield.
Torres then chopped a ball back to the mound and this time Wakefield made a terrific play, shoveling it to Martinez to get the sliding Whiteside.
Sanchez then hit a ball that took a bad hop and nearly hit Pedroia in the face. But he made the play.
Middle of the 2d: Red Sox 3, Giants 0
Sox didn’t score but they’re wearing out Sanchez. McDonald reached on an error and Scutaro on a two-out walk before Nava grounded out. Sanchez is at 54 pitches already.
The Giants are going to honor Monte Irvin Saturday. Those scheduled to be on hand include Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, and Orlando Cepeda. There’s some star power.
Cepeda was the first Red Sox DH, of course. Marichal pitched for the Red Sox in 1974.
Top of the 2d: Red Sox 3, Giants 0
Wakefield retired the side in order.
Lots of Red Sox fans here and they’re drowning out the Giants fans so far. I’m going to hit the team store tomorrow and get my nieces and nephews some gifts. They have some cool Pablo Sandoval pandas.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 3, Giants 0
Scutaro singled, Nava walked and Youkilis crushed a three-run homer to left, No. 15 on the year.
The Giants need Jonathan Sanchez to go deep and he just needed 37 pitches to get through the first inning.
Anybody alive out there this late? Let’s hear from you.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Giants 0
Good evening everybody from chilly (61 degrees) San Francisco, where the Red Sox are taking on the Giants. It’ll be Tim Wakefield against Jonathan Sanchez.
Hope you enjoy the game and please, feel free to leave your comments.