Game over: Red Sox 4, Angels 3
Papelbon allowed a single but fanned Kendrick to end it. Crazy game but another win.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 4, Angels 3
Sox go in order. It’s up to Papelbon. Hold on to something.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 4, Angels 3
Jenks was lucky to leave with the lead. A double by Kendrick and a single by Abreu gave the Angels a run. Hunter flied deep to right and Wells deep to left.
Abreu took second on a wild pitch during the Wells atr-bat and scored from there on a passed ball. A pitch got by Saltalamacchia and he could not find the ball, spinning around in vain. By the time he located it behind him, Abreu had scored from first.
Callaspo walked before pinch hitter Maicer Izturis grounded to second.
Saltalamacchia is as shaky as shaky gets at this point.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 4, Angels 1
The Sox are 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and have stranded eight. But they’re six outs away from their sixth win in the last seven games.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 4, Angels 1
Aybar singled, stole second and scored on a two-out bloop to center by Mathis. Looks the Sox will go to Jenks in the 8th inning and then Papelbon.
Papelbon has thrown 43 pitches the last two days. It would help the cause to score a few runs here and allow Francona to close it out with somebody else.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Angels 0
The Sox wasted a one-walk to Pedroia. Now Albers is in for the Sox.
Red Sox starters in the last seven games 45.1 innings, 27 H, 6 ER, 14 BB, 34 K. That’s how you get on a good roll.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Angels 0
1-2-3 inning for Lester. But he’s at 111 pitches and I would think that is it for him as Albers warms up. Haren is done as Francisco Rodriguez comes in.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Angels 0
Shaky defense again by the Angels. Lowrie lined a ball to the gap in left. Wells fumbled around with the ball on the track and Lowrie took third. It was ruled a double and an error. Drew then lined a single up the middle.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Angels 0
Lester is through five and has a shutout. But he has thrown 99 pitches. Yikes. With Daniel Bard being held out to rest, the Sox are going to need some arms to try and get the ball to Jenks or Papelbon. Matt Albers and Dan Wheeler will likely be needed.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Angels 0
Lester allowed a leadoff single and that was it. His line so far: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB,5 BB, 81 pitches, 50 strikes. He needs some economical innings as the Sox don’t have Bard tonight.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Angels 0
Sox worked some two-out magic. Lowrie walked and went to third on a double by Drew to right field. Crawford, after lacing some balls foul to the right side, popped to center. But the Angels played a little Ring Around The Rosie and when Bourjos finally tried a basket catch it clanked off his glove as two runs scored. Salty then flied to center.
Haren has thrown 77 pitches. That’s a good sign.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Angels 0
Lester ran into trouble with two outs. Bourjos hit a little flare that landed in no-man’s land on the right field line for a double. He then stole third without a throw. Kendrick walked and stole second as the Angels tried to bait Salty into a throw.
Abreu thought he walked on a 3-0 pitch and got halfway to first base before he realized Vanover had called a strike. He then lined to center to end the inning.
Vanover has a huuuuuuge strike zone. Good for the pitchers and writers on East Coast deadlines.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Angels 0
That was an interesting inning. Salty crushed an 0-2 splitter that stayed up in the zone to the gap in right field. Torii Hunter had the ball lined up and missed it as he jumped up against the wall.
Salty could have made third base but stumbled and seem to tweak his left thigh. He stayed in the game. Scutaro followed with a fly ball that tailed toward the line in right. Salty tagged and Hunter made a terrific throw to the bag. It was a close play and umpire Brian Gorman called Salty safe. Scioscia came out to argue.
Ellsbury followed with an RBI double to right. He and Lowrie lead team with 12 RBIs. Pedroia then struck out looking and let Larry Vanover he didn’t like the call. Francona came out to intercede.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Hope you have the under. Is there even an under in baseball? Haren has retired the first six Sox he has faced with three strikeouts.
Lester struck out the first four batters he faced. Wells then singled cleanly into center field and advanced on a wild pitch. Callaspo walked. With the runners on the move, Trumbo hit the ball hard to second, right where Pedroia was breaking to. He tagged Callaspo and threw to first for the double play.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Yep, good pitching matchup. Haren retired the Sox in order on a strikeout, a groundout and a fly ball. Then Lester struck out the side.
Pre-game: Good evening from Orange County, where orange best describes skin tone of some of the fans here. They must hit the tanning beds on their way to the ballpark. Maybe that explains why they show up in the third inning.
Good pitching matchup as Jon Lester faces Dan Haren. We had a good crowd here last night and hope we do again. So feel free to add your comments.
Enjoy the game.