Game over (bottom of 10th): A’s 5, Red Sox 4
Kevin Kouzmanoff’s RBI single with two outs on a 1-2 count scored the winning run in a strange inning where two uniformed personnel were thrown out by home plate umpire Bob Davidson. A’s outfielder Coco Crisp was tossed for arguing with Davidson after striking out. Then, Ramon Ramirez, the losing pitcher, started to fall apart. He allowed a single to Barton and then balked him to second base. The Sox ordered Suzuki walked intentionally to bring up Cust. The Sox countered with lefty Dustin Richardson. The A’s countered with Adam Rosales -.319 with four homers vs. lefties. Richardson threw a pitch that looked as if Rosales went around on for strike three.
But Davidson sought help from first base umpire Angel Campos who gave the safe sign. Pitching coach John Farrell went into a rage and got tossed by home plate umpire Davidson. Richardson didn’t let the commotion get the best of him. He struck out Rosales swinging. Then came a big test for Michael Bowden. Runners at first and second, two outs and Kevin Kouzmanoff up. Bowden is Boston’s big relief project. He got up 0-2 quickly on Kouzmanoff, went 1-2 before Kouzmanoff singled to right scoring the winning run. Game took 3:30. Attendance was 20,271. Ramirez got the loss. Bailey got the win.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 4, A’s 4
Nice sliding catch by Davis in left to end Boston’s 9th against Andrew Bailey. Ramon Ramirez on to hurl for the Sox in bottom of ninth.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 4, A’s 4
Hideki Okajima hasn’t had a whole lot to crow about this season with a 5.79 ERA entering tonight’s game with one out in the 8th. But Okajima, who had been charged with seven runs over his last six outings, struck out lefthanded hitting Daric Barton, fell behind righthanded hitting Kurt Suzuki, 3-1, before allowing a single to center on a 3-2 pitch. Francona summoned Daniel Bard to face lefty Jack Cust, who was 2 for 4 with a home run against Okajima. Bard walked Cust. but struck out Kouzmanoff with a 3-2 fastball.
Top 8th: Red Sox 4, A’s 4
Former Sox lefty Craig Breslow has held opponents to a .188 average heading into the 8th inning. First batters are 3 for their last 36, including Sox pinch-hitter Ryan Shealy, who batted for Kevin Cash and flied out to right. Darnell McDonald singled to right with two outs. Now the test: Breslow vs. Ortiz. Drum roll…..strike three! Ortiz couldn’t check his swing…Both Breslow and Jerry Blevins look like two lefties who could help Sox. Billy Beane told me this afternoon he hadn’t talked to the Red Sox about any of his relievers…By the way Wuertz hasn’t had a great year but he’s allowed just one run in his last 11 appearances.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 4, A’s 4
Wake is out after six. Manny Delcarmen retired A’s in order in 7th. Wake went 6 innings, allowing three hits, three earned runs, walked two and struck out five. Pitched three scoreless innings after allowing four in the third. Probably his last start for a while, or until someone gets hurt again. Sox are back to their starting five for the first time since the third week of May.
Top 6th: Red Sox 4, A’s 4
Two innings in a row Sox leave the bases loaded. In the sixth, Cash was hit in the left hand with a pitch, shook it off and remained in the game. Scutaro walked, McDonald moved the runners with a sac bunt. After Ortiz was walked intentionally A’s brought on Michael Wuertz (this would be a good pick up for Sox), who struck out Youkilis and got Beltre to ground out. Big chance. Down the drain.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 4, A’s 4
A’s got to Wakefield by loading the bases with one out. Coco Crisp doubled, Barton walked and Suzuki had a damaging at-bat when he got hit with a pitch to load the bases. Jack Cust ran the count to 3-2 before dropping a double to right scoring two. Kevin Cash couldn’t handle a Wake knuckler with Kevin Kouzmanoff up, allowing the ball to get by him scoring the third run. Kouzmanoff then tied it up with a sac fly to center.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 4, A’s 0
A double-play grounder by Gabe Gross eliminated the only base runner (Mark Ellis) against Wake in the second inning.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 4, A’s 0
Sloppy defense by the A’s cost them dearly. After Mike Cameron stroked a double to the left-field corner, Bill Hall followed with a single to the opposite field. Cameron was held up at third as Gabe Gross fired to the plate. Catcher Kurt Suzuki caught Hall between first and second and fired to first, but overthrew it, allowing Cameron to score and Hall to move to second base. After Kevin Cash struck out, Marco Scutaro doubled when Rajai Davis attempted a diving shoestring catch and missed, scoring Hall. McDonald then stroked a double to the left-center wall scoring the the third run of the inning. All three runs were unearned, but Braden is getting slapped around.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, A’s 0
Tim Wakefield, at 43 years, 352 days old, would be the oldest pitcher to ever win a game for the Red Sox. Dennis Eckersley earned a win at 43 years, 349 days on Sept. 17, 1998 as a reliever vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Wakefield put two base runners on in the first inning, allowing a single to Daric Barton and a walk to Kurt Suzuki, but retired the next two batters.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, A’s 0
Dallas Braden has gone 0-5 with a 4.31 ERA over his last eight starts since his perfect game against Tampa Bay on May 9th. Braden is making his first start since June 22nd when he went on the DL with elbow tightness. The man who didn’t want A-Rod stepping on his mound, allowed hits to three of the first four batters he faced producing the first Sox run. Marco Scutaro singled. After Darnell McDonald struck out, David Ortiz singled to left. Kevin Youkilis drilled a liner to the left-center gap scoring Scutaro, but Ortiz, trying to score from first and losing steam with every step, was called out on a close play at the plate. Adrian Beltre struck out to end the threat with Youkilis stranded at third after he’s doubled and advanced to third on the play at the plate.