Game Over: A’s 6, Red Sox 4
Sox used two pinch-hitters, Daniel Nava and Marco Scutaro in the ninth, but neither could get on base to make something happen. The Sox simply don’t have the fire power at this point to comeback in games. Michael Wuertz did a nice job in this series including shutting down the Sox in the ninth. He retired the side in order and got Eric Patterson to flu out to left to end the game. Game was played in 3:02 before 30,456. The Sox lose two out oif three and both the Yankees and Rays won.
Bottom 8th: A’s 6, Red Sox 4
Coco Crisp was credited with a triple when Eric Patterson tried for a diving catch on his sinking liner to left, but it go by him. No worries. Cliff Pennington flied out to center and Mike Cameron unleashed a perfect throw to the plate (and a nice block by Dusty Brown) to nail Crisp at the plate. Daric Barton just doubled against Michael Bowden.
Top 8th: A’s 6, Red Sox 4
Allard Baird, Boston’s top pro scout, is in Miami scouting the Marlins-Rockies. The Rockies have a couple of lefties in the pen the Sox might have some interest. The Marlins have reliever Leo Nunez, outfielder Cody Ross and infielder Dan Uggla who couild interest Boston.
Bottom 7th: A’s 6 Red Sox 4
Just spoke to the grandson of former Sox manager Ralph Houk. Scott Sloboden said his granddad passed away this afternoon at 1:15 p.m. at his home in Winter Haven, Fla. Mr. Houk was 90 years old.
Top 6th: A’s 6, Red Sox 4
Two-run bomb by Beltre on a pitch low and away by Gonzalez, Scores Youkilis in front of him. Sox are hitting Gonzalez now, but Cameron hit one on the screws and was caught in right after Drew’s single. Hall knocked into a double play. Is he the slowest fast guy? The Red Sox need middle relief help and must get it soon. With the starting rotation together again for the first time since the third week of May, that should improve. The Sox need a replacement for Ramon Ramirez who has been dreadful and who needs a National League address.
Bottom 5th: A’s 6, Red Sox 2
Terrible inning for Sox. Buchholz ( 4IP, 6 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, a balk, a wild pitch, 2 home runs; 87 pitches) was yanked after allowing back-to-back singles to Suzuki and Cust. Scott Atchison came on. Mark Ellis’ single to left scored the fourth A’s run. Atchison allowed a two-run single to Davis, who was out trying to stretch to a double. Damage done.
Top 5th: A’s 3, Red Sox 2
Jed Lowrie with a clutch two-out single to left scores Bill Hall, who doubled to rightcenter and stole third base. As WBZ’s Jon Miller reminds me: since the Home Run Derby, David Ortiz is 3-for-25 with 10 strikeouts.
Bottom 4th: A’s 3, Red Sox 1
Umpire Alfonso Marquez missed a play at first. Jed Lowrie’s throw from the shortstop hole, pulled Youkilis’ foot off the bag on Davis’ ground ball, but Youkilis, who stretched as far as he could, did get his foot back on the bag before Davis crossed it. Nevertheless, he’s safe. Trainers came out to tend to Youkilis after Davis ran over him, but Youkilis seemed to be OK. For a minute, it looked like another rib problem. The Sox couldn’t turn a double-play when Hall gave Lowrie a bad feed, extending the inning. Fiedling has not been crisp, and I don’t mean Coco. Buchholz definitely looks rusty his first game back.
Bottom 3rd: A’s 3, Red Sox 1
Jack Cust’s two-run blast to center field, over the 400-foot sign, has given the A’s the lead.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, A’s 1
NEWSBLURB: An Astros official told me the Roy Oswalt-to-Philadelphia trade talks may not be as far along as being portrayed. There’s still some “scouting” going on. The Astros did scout J.A. Happ in the minors last night. As for Jayson Werth, the Phillies are actively shopping him with Tampa Bay the current front runner. But the Rays would have to surrender one of their young pitchers. Given how much the Red Sox organization likes Werth, who is a possible off-season free-agent target, I’d be surprised if Theo Epstein hasn’t inquired about what it would take to get him.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, A’s 1
Clay Buchholz wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning when he threw a double-play ball to Kevin Kouzmanoff, but he couldn’t dodge outfielder Matt Watson in the second. Watson hit a 1-0 pitch for his first major league homer. Buchholz also committed the second Red Sox balk in as many days which advanced Rajai Davis to second after Davis reached on an error by Kevin Youkilis. The sure-handed Sox first baseman, dropped Beltre’s throw after the third baseman made a nice play to field a bunt. Davis was later gunned down at the plate after he’d advanced to third on a wild pitch when Bill Hall fielded Cliff Pennington’s grounder and threw home. Dusty Brown blocked the plate and then tagged Davis as he tried to reach bag to tag the dish after he ran by it. Some weird stuff very early in this game.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, A’s 0
Gio Gonzalez surrendered a run when he walked No. 2 hitter Jed Lowrie, who scored on Adrian Beltre’s single to center after Kevin Youkilis reached on an infield hit. Clay Buchholz is on the mound for the first time after his stint on the DL (hamstring).