Game over: Athletics 6, Red Sox 1: Daisuke Matsuzaka set the wrong tone for the Red Sox getting bombarded for five runs in his one inning of work while Oakland’s Jarrod Parker was outstanding over 6.2 innings. There would have to be real concerns about Matsuzaka’s status in the Red Sox starting rotation going forward. The Red Sox were killed by alumni. Josh Reddick had a solo homer and sacrifice fly and Brandon Moss a three-run homer. The game was played in 2:39 before 17,434 at the Coliseum.
Bottom 8th: A’s 6, Red Sox 1: Melancon throws another easy inning. Bullpen allowed one run over seven innings.
Top 8th: A’s 6, Red Sox 1: The struggle continues, three up and three down as Pedroia, Ortiz and Salty make quick outs.
Bottom 7th: A’s 6, Red Sox 1: Mark Melancon took over for Clayton Mortenson and pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Bullpen has once again, done a nice job.
Top 7th: A’s 6, Red Sox 1: Just one of those bad nights for the Sox offense. Once again they put two runners on base with Cody Ross’ leadoff walk and Ryan Kalish single to right, but fizzled after that on a ground out by Mike Aviles and a pair of strikeouts by Nick Punto and Danial Nava.
Bottom 6th: A’s 6, Red Sox 1: The A’s expanded their lead when they finally got to Mortensen, Catcher Derek Norris kind of made things happen, first reaching on an infield single to shortstop, then stealing second base. After Brandon Moss moved him to third on a single, Brandon Inge’s low-liner sac fly got the run in. (Inge would be a nice extra player for the Sox to obtain).
Top 6th: A’s 5, Red Sox 1: David Ortiz singled to right to begin the frame, but was soon eliminated an inning-ending double-play tapper back to the pitcher from Adrian Gonzalez after Jarrod Saltalamacchia flew out to left.
Bottom 5th: A’s 5, Red Sox 1: Except for that shaky start, Mortensen has really settled down throwing another 1-2-3 inning.
Top 5th: A’s 5, Red Sox 1: Sox can’t muster much against Parker who really has them off balance. Punto, Nava and Pedroia all made outs in the air.
Bottom 4th: A’s 5, Red Sox 1: Cliff Pennington walked with one out and was then thrown out stealing by Salty to end the inning.
Top 4th: A’s 5, Red Sox 1: Sox put two on, but couldn’t score. Adrian Gonzalez singled and Cody Ross walked with one out, but Ryan Kalish and Mike Aviles both grounded into force plays to shortstop.
Bottom 3rd: A’s 5, Red Sox 1: Mortensen seemed to find his arm slot in this inning. He struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning. Wonder if Mortensen goes a long way and then they replace him on the roster with a positional player tomorrow. Sox have a three-man bench with Will Middlebrooks in limbo with a hamstring injury.
Top 3rd: A’s 5, Red Sox 1: Dustin Pedroia managed a single to center with two outs, but Ortiz couldn’t bust the shift.
Bottom 2nd: A’s 5, Red Sox 1: Seth Smith sent a drive to deep center that Ryan Kalish had hit off his glove. Kalish ran far for the ball, but couldn’t come up with it. Dice-K walked catcher Derek Norris and started to create a real mess for himself. And then former Red Sox outfielder Brandon Moss homered to right on the first pitch.
The situation didn’t improve when he allowed a single to Brandon Inge followed by a walk to Cliff Pennington. Bobby Valentine had seen enough. He walked out to go get a dejected Dice-K and brought in Clayton Mortensen. The Sox reliever looked like more of the same. He walked Coco Crisp but then retired Jamile Weeks on a foul pop to Nick Punto. Reddick, who had hit a homer in the first, flew out to center scoring the fifth A’s run.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, A’s 1: Parker has begun to settle in after the first two Sox batters produced a run. Cody Ross and Ryan Kalish both grounded out and Mike Aviles flew out to center.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, A’s 1: The good news is Daisuke Matsuzaka was pretty efficient with his pitches. The bad news is Josh Reddick hit No. 19 to right on Dice-K’s first pitch with two outs to tie the game.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, A’s 0: Red Sox changed their pattern of not scoring early when Daniel Nava doubled to right field to lead off the game and rode home on Dustin Pedroia’s single to right field against A’s starter Jarrod Parker. Sox couldn’t get any more. David Ortiz knocked into a double play. After Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked, Adrian Gonzalez struck out.