Game over: Angels 11, Red Sox 0
Nice outing by Rich Hill over the final 1.2 innings. He’s really perfected that sidearm delivery to the point where Bobby Abreu mouthed “Nasty” on a particular pitch that he took that started behind Abreu and came over the plate.
But there weren’t many other highlights. The Sleepy Sox managed only 7 hits. Three hits came from David Ortiz, who was also thrown out trying to stretch a single to a double in the fifth. Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The Angels pounded John Lackey and Scott Atchison (in particular) for 18 hits. Lackey was awful lasting only four innings and allowing 10 hits and 8 runs. The game lasted 3:10. The Twins are in town tomorrow.
Bottom 8th: Angels 11, Red Sox 0
Jacoby Ellsbury’s single extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
Top 8th: Angels 11, Red Sox 0
Scott Atchison filled in some innings after Lackey’s poor start. He went 3.2, allowed seven hits and three runs. Richie Hill relieved Atch and performed his situational lefty magic – a strikeout of Alexi Amarista.
Top 7th: Angels 11, Red Sox 0
Mercy rule yet? Not enough energy drink for Sox today. Tremendous lethargy. Bobby Abreu just laced a two-run double. Very good hitter. OMG, Rain is on the way, Wind shifting, umbrellas are up all around ballpark. Grounds screw hovering around the tarp. Don’t do it!
Top 5th: Angels 9, Red Sox 0
Trumbo hit a two-run homer off Lackey. Horrible outing. Lackey leaves allowing eight runs, 10 hits in 4 innings. Scott Atchison is on. Bourjos hit a single up the middle passed Lowrie and Scutaro. The ball was retrieved by Scutaro who tried to make a play on Bourjos at second. with Lowrie on the ground and Scutaro in short center Kevin Youkilis ran over to cover second, but Scutaro’s throw was wide of the bag. On the play, Youkilis was flexing his surgically repaired left thumb and Lowrie was flexing his left wrist. Both players stayed in the game. Aybar’s infield single to second base, scored the ninth run in what was LA’s third straight three-run inning..
Top 4th: Angels 6, Red Sox 0
Hark! My ears heareth booing from the fandom. Directed at John Lackey.The Halos mounted a two-out rally. Five consecutive hits (Bourjos, Aybar, Kendrick, Abreu and Hunter), Good for three runs.
Top 3rd: Angels 3, Red Sox 0
Angels draw first blood against Lackey. The former Angels’ hurler hit No. 9 hitter Peter Bourjos with a pitch. Aybar singled and then stole second base and Howie Kendrick’s ground ball out got the run in. Lackey, who was 2-3 with a 5.65 ERA, wasn’t able to minimize the damage. Aybar stole third, his 7th base, Hunter walked and Alberto Callaspo doubled to right, scoring two.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Interesting lineup for the Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia is getting a day off after striking out four times on Wednesday/Thursday morning which puts Carl Crawford in his familiar No. 2 hole behind Jacoby Ellsbury. If Crawford hits you wonder if he stays there and Pedroia moves down to more middle of the order? Marco Scutaro is also playing second base, the first sign that he could soon take over Jed Lowrie’s super utility role. No offense to speak of yet here.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Angels 0
Quick turnaround for everyone today. Most players didn’t get home until about 4 a.m. Terry Francona slept in his office and the clubhouse employees worked through the night to prepare the clubhouse for the players this morning. Asked some players what they did after they left the ballpark, but most went right home. No early morning breakfast joint or anything like that. John Lackey allowed one baserunner in the first inning, but no damage. Cool day here. Have heard a lot of talk about 5-Hour energy drink today. Jim Rice’s tie woke me up on the NESN pregame show.