Game over finally: Red Sox 4, Angels 2 (11 innings)
Papelbon allowed a bunt single by Bourjos but that was it. The Sox have won five of their last six games are are four games out of first place in the division. They’re 7-11 now and plodding to respectability.
Back in a bit with some comments from the clubhouse.
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Middle of the 11th: Red Sox 4, Angels 2
Lowrie added a sacrifice fly after some base-running hysterics. After Gonzo’s double, Scutaro grounded to short and Gonzalez was caught off the base. Pedroia stayed at third. McDonald then grounded to third. The Angels had Pedroia off the bag but he scampered bag with Elfin Magic and got under the tag. Lowrie then plated an insurance run.
Now Papelbon in to try and close it out. What a nutty game. The Red Sox have left 15 runners on base and are 2 for 18 with RISP.
Top of the 11th: Red Sox 3, Angels 2
Drew walked (the 11th of the game), went to third on Pedroias single and scored on Gonzo’s double. Papelbon warming up.
Top of the 11th: Red Sox 2, Angels 2
Jenks sets down the side in order. Red Sox pitching tonight: 10 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Meanwhile, half the crowd just got up and left.
Middle of the 10th: Red Sox 2, Angels 2
The Sox went in order against Jordan Walden. Bobby Jenks is next out of the Red Sox bullpen.
Top of the 10th: Red Sox 2, Angels 2
Bard sets ’em down in order. Bonus baseball at the Big A.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Angels 2
Ortiz walked with two outs and pinch runner Darnell McDonald stole second. But Lowrie flied to center. Beckett is done and Bard is in. Tough no-decision for Josh.
Red Sox a numbing 1 for 14 with RISP and have stranded 13.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Angels 2
Aybar started the inning with a line drive down the line in right and stupidly tried for third, where he was thrown out. Great relay from Drew to Pedroia, who threw a strike. Beckett then set down the side. He has thrown 125 pitches, the most for a Red Sox pitcher since Jon Lester’s no-hitter in 2008.
Think maybe his teammates owe him a run here?
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Angels 2
Crawford walked, Varitek was hit by a pitch and Ellsbury walked to load the bases with one out. Drew then whiffed before Pedroia popped to second.
The Sox are 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position and have left 12 runners on base in eight innings. Beckett is staying in with 107 pitches thrown. That seems risky,
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Angels 2
Abreu drew a leadoff walk and jogged home when Torii Hunter crunched a fastball over the wall in center. Beckett left a 3-and-2 pitch up and over the middle of the plate. He thought he had Hunter on a 2-2 pitch but it was a bit inside.
You can’t keep leaving runners on like the Sox and not it expect it to cost you.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Angels 0
Drew and Pedroia walked before Gonzalez popped up and Scutaro and Ortiz struck out looking against Hasinori Takahaski. Sox are 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Unreal.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Angels 0
Beckett retired the side in order after the hit. He has dominated the Halos. He is at 85 pitches.
Bottom of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Angels 0
Aybar chopped a ball in front of the plate that bounced high to the right side of the mound and Beckett could not make a play. The first hit was a weak one for the Angels but a hit nonetheless.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Angels 0
That was quite an inning. Ortiz walked and Lowrie (who else?) singled. The Red Sox then had $142 million left fielder Carl Crawford bunt to get to 1-for-21 Jason Varitek. Crawford got the bunt down but Varitek, predictably, struck out.
The head-scratching strategy didn’t cost them, however, as Ellsbury broke his bat and dropped a two-run single into right. He was then thrown out stealing. Chatwood has thrown 103 pitches.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Now this is getting serious. Beckett through 5 inning: 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. He has thrown 73 pitches.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Beckett walked Izturis to lose the perfect game then got the side in order. He has thrown 61 pitches through four innings, 40 strikes. His last three games: 19 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 21 K
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Crawford walked and stole second with two outs before Varitek walked. Ellsbury then flied to left. The Sox are 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and have left seven runners on base already.
Beckett may only need a run or two tonight. Can they get him that?
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Nine up and nine down for Beckett, who has thrown 41 pitches.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Pedroia walked and stole second. He jammed his surgically repaired left foot into the bag and walked off the pain for a few minutes with Terry Francona and a trainer on the field. he stayed in. The Angels intentionally walked Gonzo to get to Scutaro and he popped to center.
The Sox are 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position already and a hideous 30 of 155 this season.
Youkilis update: He fouled a ball off his left shin.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Six up, six down for Beckett. Gonzalez made a terrific play on a ball down the line to end the inning.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Ortiz led off the inning with a double that was scalded off the wall in right. But Lowrie (4-3), Crawford (3-U) and Varitek (K) left him stranded.
Meanwhile, Youkilis is out of the game. Lowrie moved to third and Scutaro is at shortstop. He fouled a ball off himself during his at-bat, perhaps that was the problem.
No announcement yet.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Beckett goes 1-2-3. That’s one run in his last 16 innings.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Pedroia and Gonzalez had singles up the middle before Youkilis grounded into a 6-3 double play on the 10th pitch of the at-bat. He is 2 for 18 with runners in scoring position this season. Hard to have a guy like that hitting cleanup.
Pre-game: Good evening from Angel Stadium, my favorite place to work in baseball. The weather is great, the press box seems like it’s right over the plate and the folks who work here are unfailingly nice.
It’ll be Josh “Back To The Future” Beckett against 21-year-old rookie Tyler Chatwood. The Sox are seeking their fifth win in the last six games.
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