Game over: White Sox 3, Red Sox 1
Middle of the 9th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 1
Okajima allowed a two-out single but Patterson caught Pierre’s liner to end it. Meanwhile, with their team about to get swept in a doubleheader to fall 10 games out first, the crowd started doing the wave.
Top of the 9th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 1
Well that was exciting. Well, not really. Beltre singled with one out. Mike Lowell pinch hit and popped to first. Saltalamacchia walked and Eric Patterson ran for him. Darnell McDonald pinch hit against Bobby Jenks and flied to center.
Now Lowell is at first. VMart is catching. Patterson is in left and McDonald is in center, Okahima is pitching.
Middle of the 8th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 1
Manny singled with two outs and was replaced by a pinch runner. Bard otherwise got three fly balls to center. Then the crowd blissfully sang Sweet Caroline .
Back in the day, if somebody tried to sing some cheesy song while the Sox were in the process of getting swept in a doubleheader they would have needed six security guys to break up the fight.
Top of the 8th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 1
The Sox went to the bullpen and Scott Linebrink and Chris Sale held the Sox down.
Two runs on 12 hits over 16 innings. Pretty grim. Bard in for Lackey, who deserved better than the loss he seems to have coming. He allowed one earned run on four hits over seven innings and struck out seven with two walks.
Middle of the 7th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 1
Lackey limited the damage. But a two-run deficit looks huge for the Sox, who have scored two runs in 15 innings today.
Top of the 7th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 1
It’s unraveling for the Sox. Teahen started the inning with a single. Quentin followed with a double off the wall in center. Teahen was held at third then scored when Kalish overthrew the cutoff man and everybody else, the ball rolling all the way to the Red Sox on-deck area.
Quentin went to third on the error and scored on a sac fly by Castro.
Top of the 7th: White Sox 1, Red Sox 1
Nava walked with one out. But Saltalamacchia flied to right and Kalish lined to short.
Middle of the 6th: White Sox 1, Red Sox 1
Lackey retired the side in order, striking our Manny to end the inning as the crowd cheered. Manny is 2 for 7 on the day. Lackey has retired seven straight and looks terrific.
Top of the 6th: White Sox 1, Red Sox 1
Kalish and took third on a hit-and-run single by Hall (4 for 6 on the day). Scutaro’s hit-and-run single scored Kalish and sent Hall to third.
But J.D. Drew (0 for 6 on the day, now hitting .254) struck out, VMart popped to center and Ortiz grounded to first.
Middle of the 5th: White Sox 1, Red Sox 0
1-2-3 inning for Lckey, who has pitched very well so far. His line: 5 IP, 2H, 1R, 0 ER, 1BB, 6K.
Top of the 5th: White Sox 1, Red Sox 0
Ortiz had a leadoff single. Beltre followed with a pop to second that was dropped. Ortiz was then thrown out at second. Nava flied to left and Salty grounded to first. 13 innings and one run for the Sox today.
Middle of the 4th: White Sox 1, Red Sox 0
Lackey had two on and two out when he hit Carlos Quentin with a cut fastball. In what appeared to be a clear overreaction, umpire James Hoye issued warnings to both teams. Lakey then striuck out Castro to end the inning.
Top of the 4th: White Sox 1, Red Sox 0
It’s Pete again. Thanks to Nick for picking up the updates while I made deadline.
The Sox missed a chance in the bottom of the third. Hall doubled to center with one out. But Scutaro struck out, Drew walked and Martinez grounded to second.
Top of the 3rd: White Sox 1, Red Sox 0
The Pale Hose score first. Carlos Quentin tripled to the triangle on a ball that kept rolling right under the 420 sign before Ryan Kalish could run it down. With one out Gordon Beckham hit a grounder to VMart at first, who threw to the plate. He made a good throw but Saltalamacchia couldn’t hold on as Quentin came in with an elbow to dislodge the ball.
Top of the 2nd: White Sox 0, Red Sox 0
Lots of boos for Manny, but he’s still a rock star. Cameras flashing everywhere around the ballaprk during his first AB. The crowd cheered as he struck out. Two K’s for Lackey that inning. He’s been sharp so far.
Bottom of the 1st: White Sox 0, Red Sox 0
Hey, Nick Cafardo jumping in while Pete finishes up some work. VMart stroked a two-out single, but Davis Ortiz grounded into the shift. Interested to see Jarrod Saltalamacchia behind the dish. May be seeing a lot of him next season.
Top of the 1st: White Sox 0, Red Sox 0
Beautiful night at Fenway, a pleasant 74 degrees at first pitch for John Lackey. Hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend and a little bit of baseball. Please feel free to add your comments.