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Boston on Wrong End of Home Run Derby Against Oakland

Adrian Beltre tags out Rajai Davis during a botched steal of 3rd base. (AP Photo / Steven Senne)

If I came back in time and told you Boston scored eight runs Thursday, you probably would think they crushed the Athletics because of their supreme pitching staff. What supreme pitching staff? Hardly anything went right for the Red Sox, and when they tried to claw their way back into it, they always, ALWAYS, screwed it up immediately, and finally lost 9-8. It’d be pretty difficult to just present the game, so we’ll have to organize it a bit:

1st Inning

Boston scored a run on three consecutive singles from Victor Martinez, Kevin Youkilis, and Adrian Beltre. 1-0 Boston.

2nd Inning

Kurt Suzuki homered over the Green Monster. 1-1 tie.

Following a Bill Hall single and Jeremy Hermida double, Marco Scutaro drove in another run with a sharp groundout. 2-1 Red Sox.

3rd Inning

Victor Martinez walked, then (with no outs) was thrown out trying to score on a Kevin Youkilis double (remember the sore toe, everyone?).

4th Inning

Remember Kurt Suzuki? He did it again, this time with a man on base. 3-2 Athletics. Mark Ellis later doubled home two runners in scoring position. 5-2 Athletics.

Darnell McDonald and Bill Hall singled. Before Hall, McDonald injured his ankle, but remained in the game. After Hall, McDonald (with no outs) was thrown out trying to score on a Jeremy Hermida single (sound familiar?). Furious, Hall stole 3rd and scored on a sac fly from Scutaro. 5-3 Athletics.

5th Inning

Youkilis led off with a double, but of course Boston failed after that.

6th Inning

Gabe Gross singled in a run to pad the lead. Athletics 6-3.

Hall doubled and Hermida homered. Athletics 6-5. Dustin Pedroia’s one-out double later was wasted.

7th Inning

Rajai Davis singled in a run and advanced to 2nd on a(nother) throwing error by Adrian Beltre. 7-5 Athletics. He later tried to steal 3rd, but was picked off by Hideki Okajimi, who just tossed the ball to Beltre.

David Ortiz, in for Mike Lowell, walked, followed by a double from J.D. Drew, in for Darnell McDonald. Bill Hall grounded in a run. 7-6 Athletics.

8th Inning

Jack Cust and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back jacks on consecutive pitches from Manny Delcarmen. 9-6 Athletics. That’s just Manny being Manny.

Marco Scutaro homered just over the Monster; the call was upheld after instant replay review. 9-7 Athletics. Pedroia walked and Martinez singled (all with no outs), but of course the Red Sox buckled (after Andrew Bailey came out for a two inning save).

9th Inning

Eric Patterson doubled and stole 3rd, but was caught in a rundown trying to score on a ground ball.

Bill Hall homered to center. 9-8 Athletics.

Sox Stud of the Game: Nobody

Homers from Hermida, Scutaro, and Hall were nice, but there was too much incompetence for them to be properly noticed.

Sox Dud of the Game: All

Where to start? Wakefield was terrible, Martinez and McDonald tried to run hurt, 3rd base coach Tim Bogar sent them, Delcarmen was terrible. If even one of those things didn’t happen, then the Red Sox would have been victorious. But no.

That’s What He Said:

“He threw a lot of strikes … when he made a mistake in the zone, he paid the price.” – Terry Francona, on Tim Wakefield pitching to Kurt Suzuki.

Game Notes:

W: Vin Mazzaro (1-0)
L: Tim Wakefield (1-4)
S: Andrew Bailey (12)

  • With Martinez’ hit and walk to start the game, he gained a streak of six consecutive hits and nine consecutive times reaching base.
  • Darnell McDonald started the day for Mike Cameron (soreness) in center, and Bill Hall started for J.D. Drew (day off) in right.
  • Tim Wakefield needed just 29 pitches to make it through the first three innings before completely imploding.
  • Athletics’ starter Brett Anderson left after two innings with elbow problems, which earned him a DL stint earlier in the year.
  • Oakland’s Mark Ellis and Ryan Sweeney collided going after a foul ball down the right field line in the 3rd. Sweeney left the game. His replacement, Eric Patterson, singled and stole 2nd the next inning.
  • Beltre’s error was his eighth of the season.
  • With runners in scoring position, the As were 4/7. The Sox were 3/19.
  • May 21, 1995, against the Indians, was the last time the Red Sox lost despite getting at least 18 hits.

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