Game over: Rangers 7, Red Sox 2
The Red Sox did get two runners on base, but that’s where the rally ended. The remaining crowd did get up and cheer for pinch hitter Ryan Shealy, but Alexi Ogando struck out Shealy and Marco Scutaro to end the game.
Top 9th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 2
Ramon Ramirez gets out of the inning by only giving up a single to Vladimir Guerrero.
Bottom 8th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 2
Red Sox go down in weak fashion with a strikeout from David Ortiz and pop ups from Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew. Ramon Ramirez has come in to pitch the ninth inning. Scott Atchison pitched three innings in giving up just one hit.
Top 8th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 2
Scott Atchison retires the Rangers in order.
Bottom 7th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 2
Bill Hall had a good look at his towering home run. After he hit a first-pitch fastball from Tommy Hunter, Hall stood at home plate for a good five seconds to watch the baseball clear the Triple-A Auto Insurance sign. Hall is having a nice game after he allowed an error in the third inning. Since then, he has made two above average defensive plays and the already mention home run.
Darren Oliver also replaced Tommy Hunter in the inning. Hunter is in order to get his sixth win of the season after pitching 6.2 innings for two runs on five hits. Josh Hamilton left the game with a sore right knee. He was replaced by David Murphy.
Top 7th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 1
Scott Atchison allowed Josh Hamilton to double off the Green Monster before he retired the next three batters. If there is any good sign from this game, it has to be the Red Sox bullpen. It might not be the prettiest way to get through these innings, but at least they are getting batters out without allowing this game to get uglier.
Bottom 6th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 1
Kevin Youkilis stopped running on the first base line and just raised his arms in disbelief. Nelson Cruz had made a diving catch that robbed Youkilis of a hit. It’s been that kind of night for the Red Sox. They gotten some good contact on to Tommy Hunter, but almost every ball has been hit to a Ranger. Daniel Nava was also disappointed after he hit a fly ball deep to the warning track before Julio Borbon caught the ball.
Top 6th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 1
Bill Hall makes another nice play with a 5-3 double play after Dustin Richardson walked Elvis Andrus and Michael Young. Richardson was replaced by Scott Atchison after the walks. Vladimir Guerrero lined out to Marco Scutaro to end the inning. Richardson finished without giving up a run in the four batters he faced, but he did walk three.
Bottom 5th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 1
Tommy Hunter might be giving up a lot of fly balls, but most of them are being caught by his teammates. Other than Drew’s homer in the fourth, the Red Sox have hit a lot of fly ball outs. This inning, the Sox go down in order for the third time tonight with two fly ball outs from Marco Scutaro and Eric Patterson.
Top 5th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 1
Dustin Richardson enters the game for Robert Manuel after Bill Hall makes a diving catch on a bullet from Bengie Molina. Richardson walked Chris Davis before getting Julio Borbon to pop out to Hall to end the inning. Manuel finished with 2.2 innings pitched with no runs on two hits.
Bottom 4th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 1
J.D. Drew brings the crowd to its feet after he hits an opposite-field homer into the first row in the Green Monster seats.
Top 4th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 0
Another strong inning from Robert Manuel. He walked Elvis Andrus to start the inning, but got the next three batters out.
Bottom 3rd: Rangers 7, Red Sox 0
After a walk by Kevin Cash, the next three batters are retired by Tommy Hunter.
Top 3rd: Rangers 7, Red Sox 0
Look at Robert Manuel doing a nice job in that inning. He stopped the damage by retiring the three batters he faced. He got Bengie Molina to ground to third, Chris Davis to pop to left, and Julio Borbon to strikeout.
Tim Wakefield’s night is done. The biggest problem of his night: first-pitch knuckleballs over the middle of the plate. At-bat after at-bat, the Rangers continued to swing at the first pitch Wakefield threw. Usually, it resulted in a hit. Both Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz swung at the first pitch they saw, which resulted in the run that knocked Wakefield out of the game. It also didn’t help that Bill Hall’s error on a grounder by Hamilton extended the inning. Wakefield finished with two innings pitched in allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in just 34 pitches. Robert Manuel is now pitching for the Sox and almost every reliever in the bullpen is stretching. Looks like those guys have a long night ahead of them.
Bottom 2nd: Rangers 6, Red Sox 0
Two-out rallies are always fun to watch develop. Will the team score? Or will they not score? This time, the Red Sox came up short after Daniel Nava walked and Mike Cameron singled through the left side of the infield. The inning ended with Bill Hall grounding into a fielder’s choice.
Top 2nd: Rangers 6, Red Sox 0
The biggest question heading into the second inning was how long could Tim Wakefield go for the Red Sox. He kept his night going at least a few more innings after he retired the Rangers in order. The bullpen took a deep breath after that inning.
Bottom 1st: Rangers 6, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox go down in order as Marco Scutaro pops out, Eric Patterson grounds to second, and David Ortiz grounds to first.
Top 1st: Rangers 6, Red Sox 0
Well, that inning turned for the worse pretty quick.
It all started with Michael Young’s at-bat that became a little confusing. Young was able to reach on a single through the left side of the infield after Wakefield thought he struck out swinging. Home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman instead said Young fouled the baseball back. The play came back to haunt Wakefield, as he allowed Ian Kinsler to single Young over to third. Vladimir Guerrero drove Young home with a single to left. Josh Hamilton continued the Rangers’ attack with a double to left field before Nelson Cruz drove in two runs with a single up the middle.
Even after pitching coach John Farrell came out to the mound to give Wakefield a pep talk, his next pitch was caught – only by a fan in the Green Monsters seats after Bengie Molina hit his first home run with the Rangers. To end the inning, Wakefield finally induced Chris Davis to a lineout and struck out Julio Borbon.
Top 1st: Orioles 0, Red Sox 0
It fells good to be back here at Fenway Park after the All-Star break. Tim Wakefield will be pitching for the Sox as they try to give Texas starter Tommy Hunter his first loss of the season. We are just a few minutes from the first pitch. As always, we encourage your comments and thoughts throughout the game.