PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — We’re about to get underway here.
This is basically the 25th man competition for the Sox. They have all of their 25th men candidates playing including Nate Spears, Pedro Ciriaco, Jason Repko and first baseman Mauro Gomez. Daniel Nava has an outside shot at being in that group.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Rays 0
Pedro Ciriaco made his bid with a double down the left field corner and he scored on a bunt attempt by Nate Spears all the way from second base.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Rays 0
Ohlendorf allows a single to Luke Scott, but he’s erased on a 5-4-3 double-play grounder.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Rays 0
Wade Davis struck out two as the Sox go down in order.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Rays 1
Carlos Pena homered to right field after Ohlendorf allowed a walk to Ben Zobrist and picked him off.
Top 3rd: Rays 2, Red Sox 1
Ohlendorf allowed a pair of singles and error by shortstop Pedro Ciriaco didn’t help. Evan Longoria’s sac fly put the Rays ahead.
Bottom 3rd: Rays 2, Red Sox 1
A Darnell McDonald infield single was about it.
Top 4th: Sox go down 1-2-3.
Bottom 4th: Rays 5, Red Sox 1
Ohlendorf imploded. He walked leadoff hitter Carlos Pena and then allowed three straight doubles to Jeff Keppinger, Jose Lobaton and Sean Rodriguez accounting for the runs. Ohlendorf, who will pitch at Pawtucket, threw 3-2/3 innings, allowed seven hits, five runs, four earned, two walks and one strikeout.
Top 5th: Rays 5, Red Sox 4
Mauro Gomez, a name you keep hearing more and more, singled in a pair of runs with a flare to right field after Daniel Nava and Jonathan Hee singled to start the inning off of Davis. Ciriaco reached on a bunt single on which Davis was charged with a double error which scored the first run.
Bottom 5th: Rays 6, Red Sox 4
Evan Longoria homered vs. Michael Bowden.
Top 6th: Rays 6, Red Sox 6
Daniel Nava stroked a double to the rightfield corner scoring Jason Repko (single) to pull Boston to within a run. Nava scored when Ciriaco’s hard grounder handcuffed Longoria who muffed it allowing Ciriaco to reach and Nava to score.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 6, Rays 6
Trying to beat the rain here. There’s a delay up the road in Sarasota. Anyway, Franklin Morales quickly retired the first two batters including the very tough-to-strikeout Jeff Keppinger before allowing a single to Sean Rodriguez. Morales picked him off.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Rays 6
Sean Coyle drove in Kelly Shoppack (double) to give Boston the lead. Coyle is a spunky second baseman in the Dustin Pedroia mode.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Rays 7
Luke Scott homered on a 3-0 92 mph fastball from Tony Pena Jr. with one out in the seventh. Franklin Morales pitched to one batter in the seventh in his first sit down-get back out outing of spring training. Pena struggled for a while, allowing a single and walk, before striking out Carlos Pena in the much anticipated Pena grudge match, and also getting Joyce to fly out to right to get out of the inning.
Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Rays 7
Ciriaco was hit by a pitch, but was then doubled off first base on Nate Spears’ fly ball to left. Ciriaco thought the ball would fall in. Both teams have 7 runs on 11 hits. The Rays have made four errors.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Rays 7
Rays fail to take the lead.
Top 9th: Red Sox 7, Rays 7
The Red Sox have their freshman team out there now. They went down in order. It’s a race against the rain.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 7, Rays 7
The Rays had two men on base, bu couldn’t score and the game ended in a tie.