Final, A’s 13, Red Sox 0: Persistent rain brings this one to an end early.
Bottom of the seventh, A’s 13, Red Sox 0: The announced crowd amazingly is 29,006.
The rain obviously washed away a lot of those over the course of the night.
Right now, they’re calling players off the field and rolling out the tarp.
Hello, 9:12 p.m. rain delay.
Top of the sixth, A’s 13, Red Sox 0: With an RBI double, Josh Reddick’s now 2 for 4 with two RBIS.
Meanwhile, Casper Wells hasn’t played a game in a month, and A’s manager Bob Melvin was still deciding whether it was better to wait and ease him in or throw him into the mix immediately.
This runaway made the decision easier. He pinch hit for Coco Crisp and flew out to center, and he’ll stick around.
Top of the fifth, A’s 12, Red Sox 0: There couldn’t have been a more low-risk situation for Steven Wright to walk into for his debut.
Still, he’s having a tough time. In 1.2 innings, he’s given up four runs on three hits and two walks.
Top of the fourth, A’s 8, Red Sox 0: Alfredo Aceves is done after far and away the worst start by a Sox starter this year.
His line: 3.1 innings, seven hits, eight runs (seven earned), four walks and three strikeouts. he gave up a a two-run homer to Seth Smith. He also committed an error and was charged with two balks.
Beyond that, it’s only the second time a Sox starter has given up more than three runs. Before tonight, the Sox were the only team that hadn’t had a starter give up more than four runs. The Sox rotation came in leading the American League with a 2.62 ERA.
Top of the third, A’s 6, Red Sox 0: In a disastrous three-hit, three-walk, six-run inning Aceves found a way to do as much to hurt himself as possible.
The only thing he didn’t do was hit a batter.
On Josh Reddick’s RBI single, Aceves made things worse not only with a throwing error but by forgetting to cover first.
Obviously, the got a shower of boos to go with the already pouring rain.
Bottom of the second, Red Sox 0, As 0: The frigid conditions haven’t affected Bartolo Colon’s heater. He blew a 94 mile-per-hour fastball by Will Middlebrooks on a 1-and-2 count and dialed it up to 95 to fan Jarrod Saltalamacchia (who weirdly started off his at-bat with an unsuccessful bunt attempt).
Top of the second, Red Sox 0, A’s 0: A Brandon Moss single and a Josh Donaldson walk, both with one out, made things a little uncomfortable for Aceves, but he popped up Josh Reddick and Chris Young to get out of the inning.
Bottom of the first, Red Sox 0, A’s 0: Dustin Pedroia tapped one softly to the left of the mound and legged it out for a single, but that’s all the Sox mustered.
Bartolo Colon threw 13 pitches (12 for strikes) to make his half of the inning brief as well.
Meanwhile, Alfredo Aceves is doing a heavy investigation of the mound between innings, talking it over with umpires and the grounds crew. They appeared to resolve the issue. But Aceves did a lot of digging and stomping trying to to fix the dirt to his liking.
Top of the first, Red Sox 0, A’s 0: Eight pitches, seven strikes and Alfredo Aceves is out of the inning.
He got Coco Crisp with a curveball. Mike Napoli made a great leap at first to snare a John Jaso liner, and Seth Smith stared at a cutter to end the inning in a hurry.
Pregame: God bless the folks that decided to bring ponchos and umbrellas and push through the weather. For that matter, god bless the grounds crew, which has earning every penny on a wet and ugly day at Fenway.
The Sox have won 10 of their last 14 but have dropped two of the first three in this home stand.
Alfredo Aceves is 3-1 in nine career rel
ief appearances against Oakland, but this is his first career start against the A’s. They’ve hit him better than any other American League team (.297). Last year he gave up five runs (four earned) over 5.2 innings for a 6.35 ERA in four outings. But he’s on the mound (in short sleeves!) ready to go.
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