Game over: Rays 4, Red Sox 0
The Rays and James Shields have ended Boston’s nine-game winning streak with a 5-hit shutout here at the Trop. Shields silenced a team that just outscored the Toronto Blue Jays 36-5.
No fault of Tim Wakefield, who pitched 7 strong innings in the loss. The game was played in 2:24 before 20,972.
Bottom 8th: Rays 4, Red Sox 0
Not the best of times for Sox lefty Tommy Hottovy, who allowed a Matt Joyce double that bounced off Ellsbury’s body and then he hit Longoria with a pitch. Casey Kotchman blooped a single to left scoring Joyce. Hottovy exited with no outs and runners at the corners. Alfredo Aceves came on.
Jaso blooped an RBI single to right scoring the fourth run.
Top 8th: Rays 2, Red Sox 0
Eight nasty innings for Shields. He walked Marco Scutaro and and then allowed a deep fly ball to right to Ellsbury before striking out Pedroia to end the inning.
Tim Wakefield: 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts, 119 pitches.That’s the most he’s thrown since Sept. 18, 2003 vs. TB.
Top 7th: Rays 2, Red Sox 0
Terrifically pitched game by James Shields so far. He’s kept the Red Sox, the hottest offensive team in baseball, completely off-balance. He struck out Crawford in a 12-pitch at-bat and Salty to end the inning.
Bottom 6th: Rays 2, Red Sox 0
A passed ball by Jarrod Saltalamacchia allowed Longoria to score. Wakefield walked Longoria and Kotchman (another Salty passed ball in between), before Upton reached on a fielder’s choice. Salty couldn’t handle the knuckler with Jaso up.
Top 6th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Adrian Gonzalez’ third hit was erased by Kevin Youkilis’ second GIDP.
Bottom 5th: Rays 1, Red Sox 0
Justin Ruggiano homered against Wakefield into the left field bleachers. Ruggiano singled in the third.
Top 5th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
A leadoff single by J.D Drew goes unrewarded. Ellsbury knocks into a DP to end inning.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Wakefield allowed a one-out walk to Longoria, but no other damage.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
A 1-2-3 inning for Shields.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Johnny Damon keeps rolling along. He doubled, the 499th of his career, to extend his Rays record of reaching base in 39 straight games. His double came within inches of a two-run homer off the right field wall. It sent Justin Ruggiano to third with two outs. But Wakefield got out of it by inducing a ground ball to third by Ben Zobrist.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Jacoby Ellsbury has “All-Star” written all over him. He reached base for the second time with a single to right to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. After Pedroia flew out to rigtht, Adrian Gonzalez, another easy All-Star selection, lined a single to center, his second hit. Youkilis knocked into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double-play
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
The Trop is a good place to scout a game, so it always draws several scouts. Bob Schaefer, the former Dodgers bench coach and former Red Sox minor league coordinator, is here scouting for the Nationals. There’s about eight others represented here as teams begin their initial evaluations as they either try to add or dump veteran players before the July 31 trade deadline. The Nats look to be sellers soon.
Meanwhile, Casey Kotchman blooped a single to leftcenter with one out but was erased on a BJ Upton 6-4-3 inning-ending double play grounder. Don’t run too hard to first BJ, may hurt something.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Red Sox bottom of the order goes down swiftly vs. Shields.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Inning highlighted by a spendid diving play by Adrian Gonzalez of a hot shot down the first baseline by Ben Zobrist. Gonzalez threw to Tim Wakefield covering for the out. Wakefield had a 1-2-3 inning.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0
Yep, that’s what you want to do if you’re James Shields – walk Jacoby Ellsbury to leadoff the game. He got lucky when Dustin Pedroia popped out on a bunt, but Adrian Gonzalez drove a single right through the shift on the right side, sending Ellsbury to third.Shields struck out Youkilis, but was very careful to David Ortiz, walking him on four pitches.
Then came Carl Crawford. The outfielder, who was the face of this Tampa Bay franchise for many years, received a standing ovation from most of the fans. There was a segment who booed him. All cheered when Crawford was retired on a ground ball out to first base with Shields covering first stranding the bases loaded.
We’re about to get underway. First of three. Inside the Trop. About a zillion degrees with the threat of showers outside. Looks like a decent crowd for midweek.