Game over: Red Sox 9, Orioles 3
Just when you thought the game was over, right? Well our friends, the umpires, had to review what looked like a clear two-run homer by Jake Fox. The reviewed resulted in Fox’s third home run of the season. Robert Manuel did get the first two batters out rather easily before he walked Matt Wieters. Manuel did finish the game by getting Julio Lugo to fly out to center.
As for storylines from tonight’s game, the Red Sox received big contributions from Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew for offense while Jon Lester was steady after the first inning with seven strikeouts. Don’t forget newcomers Eric Patterson and Niuman Romero also contributed. We’ll have all that and more in the Sunday edition of the Boston Globe.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 9, Orioles 1
Daniel Nava starts the inning with an infield single and advances to second on a error by Frank Mata. He is replaced by pinch-runner and newcomer Niuman Romero at second base, although it doesn’t appear Nava is injured. Mike Cameron hits and RBI-double to left field to drive in Romero. Eric Patterson reached first on an infield single and advanced to second on a error by Ty Wigginton. The error allowed Mike Cameron to score. David Ortiz followed by hitting a RBI-double to left.
Romero stays in the game at second base. Patterson moves to left field for Nava and Darnell McDonald also enters in right field. Reliever Robert Manuel enters to pitch the ninth.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 1
Reliever Ramon Ramirez allows the crowd to start singing “Sweet Caroline” as he strikes out Corey Patterson and Nick Markakis to end the inning.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 1
J.D. Drew is also having an impressive game with three hits and two RBIs. He singled to left field, but Adrian Beltre flew out to center to end the inning. The band Passion Pit is playing over the speakers as Ramon Ramirez warms up on the mound.
Jon Lester finishes with seven innings pitched in allowing just one run with seven strikeouts. He threw 100 pitches for 76 strikes.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 1
The 38,000-plus fans here at Fenway Park are now doing the wave – I guess they think this game is over.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 6, Orioles 1
Kevin Youkilis has been the star of this game so far after he hit a rocket home run that hit the Sports Authority sign above the Green Monster. Youkilis is 2-for-3 with three RBIs and he also made a diving stretch-catch at first base to get the Red Sox out the first inning with the bases loaded. The crowd here loves the effort by Youkilis by giving him the ole “Y-O-U-K!!!” chant.
Also, who doesn’t like to see David Ortiz run hard down the first base side? The crowd also gave him a big cheer after Ortiz reached base with an infield single to third. With the Orioles in the shift, Ortiz hit a dribbler to third. As Ortiz huffed and puffed his way down first, Miguel Tejada rushed to make the play, but dropped the baseball.
The homer by Youkilis knocked starter Jeremy Guthrie out of the game. Matt Albers replaced Guthrie by getting Adrian Beltre to ground into a fielder’s choice. He also struck out Daniel Nava and Mike Cameron. Guthrie finished with four innings pitched, allowing six runs on nine hits.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 1
Jon Lester’s consecutive batters retired streak ends with Matt Wieters doubling to start the inning. Corey Patterson drove him home with a single through the gap between first and second base.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0
Speaking of Kevin Cash, he was able to get his first hit since rejoining the Red Sox in a trade just a few days ago. So far, he’s done a nice job behind the plate. Think about it what he’s had to do in the past two days for a second. Cash came from the Astros and went right into catching knuckleball-thrower Tim Wakefield – which is a challenge for most catchers. Then tonight, he works with Jon Lester, who is a completely different pitcher. Plus, add he has to figure out how to pitch to the Orioles and all those things become a tough task. But here we are, into his second game, and Cash looks to be working well with the pitching staff.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0
Look out! Here comes Jon Lester, who has now retired 10 straight batters. This was his most impressing inning so far in striking out Nick Markakis and Adam Jones. It seems Lester has command of his fastball and his hitting the target set by newcomer Kevin Cash. For the last two innings, the Orioles have not been able to hit any pitch hard.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0
After a shaky first inning, it looks as if Jon Lester has settled down after retiring seven consecutive batters. He had another 1-2-3 inning by getting Cesar Izturis to ground out to him, striking out Corey Patterson, and inducing Miguel Tejada into grounding to third.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0
The Red Sox started a late rally with a walk by Eric Patterson and a double from David Ortiz with two outs, but Kevin Youkilis grounded to short to end the inning.
Bottom 1st : Red Sox 4, Orioles 0
Well, give credit to Eric Patterson for sparking the Red Sox scoring four runs to the take an early lead. The inning could have been much different. After Marco Scutaro singled to leadoff the inning, it appeared Patterson had hit into a 4-6-3 double play. But the second baseman ran hard and was able to beat the throw at first base. That allowed Patterson to score on Kevin Youkilis’s double. J.D. Drew followed with at double to score Youkilis. Daniel Nava also drove in Drew with a double. Again, it might not look pretty in the box score, but that fielder’s choice by Patterson was key in the inning.
Top 1st : Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
We’re live here at Fenway Park for second game of a three-day series with the Baltimore Orioles. Jon Lester started the game with the bases load before he got Adam Jones to ground into a 4-6-3 double play that was highlighted by a stretch-catch from Kevin Youkilis that brought the crowd to its feet. As always, we encourage your comments and thoughts throughout the game.