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The Red Sox took the rubber match in their series against the Marlins in a 10-2 rout as they took advantage of their first opportunity against a second-tier starter in nearly a week.
After going up against Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Josh Johnson, and Mark Buehrle in five consecutive games, Ricky Nolasco must have seemed the light at the end of the tunnel to a hit-starved Red Sox lineup. Through the first two innings of the game, however, the Sox had managed just one baserunner, looking as helpless as ever at the plate.
That would finally change in the third, as the Sox got on the board with some NL smallball with Felix Doubront bunting Mike Aviles to third with no outs on the board and Scott Podsednik bringing him in with a simple ground ball to second. They would strike again in the fourth, when David Ortiz received a fastball waist-high over the outside part of the plate and went deep to the opposite field to make it 2-0.
Felix Doubront, meanwhile, was enjoying a very special start, having made it through the end of the fifth with one walk...and nothing else. A missed location on a fastball to Jose Reyes let the Miami shortstop go deep, ending both the no-hitter and the shutout in one fell swoop. Doubront would then allow two men reach scoring position to start the seventh, but managed to escape the inning with just one earned run by inducing a pop-up, ground ball, and fly ball.
The run would have tied the game had the Sox not already put up two more runs in the top of the sixth by hitting three straight singles off of Nolasco to start the inning. Four runs was more than they had scored off a starter in those five previous games, but that would pale in comparison to the production they would manage in the top of the eighth. Chad Gaudin would allow Nick Punto to lead off the inning with a double, and then was quickly pulled in favor of Randy Choate, who let the game get completely away from him. Four straight singles would bring in three runs, and while Ryan Webb would finally manage to get two outs, a sacrifice fly would bring in a fourth, Mike Aviles loaded the bases with a single, and then Nick Punto struck again for two more runs, leaving the score at an insurmountable 10-2.
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|WP: Felix Doubront (7 - 3)
LP: Ricky Nolasco (6 - 5)
The Red Sox and Marlins are set to face off in the rubber match of their three-game series Wednesday night.
We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Marlins Park.
Red Sox 10, Marlins 2, Final -- Matt Albers works a quick ninth, and the Red Sox win big in Miami!
Red Sox 10, Marlins 2, Mid 9th -- Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia both are stranded in the ninth, but it's hard to get upset over missed opportunities in a 10-2 game.
Red Sox 10, Marlins 2, End 8th -- Some curious bullpen decisions in a 10-2 game result in three different pitchers appearing in the eighth, but manage to get out of a bases-loaded situation as Matt Albers induces a ground ball out from Giancarlo Stanton.
Red Sox 10, Marlins 2, Mid 8th -- You get a feeling that this had been building for a few days. Now, finally getting through to the weak underside of the Miami bullpen in a game they're leading, the Sox put up a nice, crooked number. It takes the Marlins seven batters to record the first out, with Nick Punto doubling off the wall in right, chasing Chad Gaudin and bringing Randy Choate into the game. Choate proceeds to allow a couple of hard hit singles to Scott Podsednik and Dustin Pedroia, scoring a run in the process before Adrian Gonzalez brings home a second by hitting a chopper that bounces high over the head of Jose Reyes, in to try and prevent anymore runs from scoring.
Another sharply hit single, this time from David Ortiz, brings home a third run before Ryan Webb enters the game to calm things down...for a while. With the bases loaded, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits a sacrifice fly to bring a fourth run home, and while Ryan Sweeney has his line drive end up right in the glove of Justin Ruggiano, Mike Aviles hits one back up the middle for a base hit, and Nick Punto actually picks up his second knock of the eighth by dropping a line drive just in front of the glove of Donovan Solano in left field, bringing home the sixth and final run of the frame.
Red Soox 4, Marlins 2, End 7th -- The Marlins get something going against Felix Doubront, who finds himself in early trouble after a leadoff single and double puts two in scoring position with nobody out. After the bad start, however, he does a great job of minimizing damage, inducing a pop-up and ground ball that allow just the one run to score before Gaby Sanchez flew out to send it to the eighth.
Red Sox 4, Marlins 1, Mid 7th -- 1-2-3 go the Red Sox, as Chad Gaudin does a good job of relieving Ricky Nolasco and settling down a suddenly active Red Sox lineup.
Red Sox 4, Marlins 1, End 6th -- Jose Reyes erases hopes for both a no-hitter and a shutout with one swing of the bat, as Felix Doubront missed inside with a fastball to the Miami shortstop, who took it out of the park for a solo shot.
Red Sox 4, Marlins 0, Mid 6th -- The Sox add to their lead in the sixth inning as they grab three straight singles off Ricky Nolasco to lead off the inning, with the third from Adrian Gonzalez bringing Scott Podsednik in to score. Dustin Pedroia comes home on a sacrifice fly from David Ortiz to make it 4-0, but Will Middlebrooks hits into a double play to end the threat before it gets too far out of hand.
Red Sox 2, Marlins 0, End 5th -- Having just made the last out in the fifth, Felix Doubront steps up and record three more on twelve pitches in the bottom half, striking out Gaby Sanchez with just three to end it.
Red Sox 2, Marlins 0, Mid 5th -- Ricky Nolasco is back to providing perfect innings, getting the Sox 1-2-3 in the fifth, though Mike Aviles managed to get some good wood on the ball and the last out was from Felix Doubront.
Red Sox 2, Marlins 0, End 4th -- Felix Doubront picks up his fifth strikeout in a blissfully short fourth inning, needing just nine pitches to retire the side, 1-2-3.
Red Sox 2, Marlins 0, Mid 4th -- The Red Sox switch from small ball to big ball in the fourth, as David Ortiz takes a fastball waist-high over the outside part of the plate and sends it out of the park to left field for a solo shot.
Red Sox 1, Marlins 0, End 3rd -- Doubront carries his momentum right into the third, striking out the side in order. While he has to fight a bit of a battle with Ricky Nolasco to do so, he ends up getting Jose Reyes looking on three pitches to mitigate the damage to his always-high pitch count.
Red Sox 1, Marlins 0, Mid 3rd -- A bit of NL-mandated small ball pays off for the Red Sox with a run. After Mike Aviles led off the inning with a double, the Sox had Felix Doubront coming to the plate for his first major league at bat--a rare perfect time for a bunt. He laid down a good one on his first pitch, and Scott Podsednik brought Aviles in from third with a ground ball to second base. Just like they drew it up.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, End 2nd -- Felix Doubront looks a lot more dominant in the second, striking out Omar Infante to start the inning and then enjoying a pair of pop flies to end it without any trouble. He'll come up to bat in the third, and hopefully not hurt himself doing so.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, Mid 2nd -- Though David Ortiz leads off the inning with a walk, the second isn't much better than the first on the whole. Fly balls from Will Middlebrooks and Ryan Sweeney don't test the Marlins outfield in the least, and with Jarrod Saltalamacchia striking out in between, it was another scoreless frame for Ricky Nolasco.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, End 1st -- Felix Doubront doesn't look incredible in the first, but he does manage to get out of the inning without any damage, and only one baserunner to his name--Donovan Solano, who reaches by way of the walk. Still, some decent contact is a bad sign, if not a damning one.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, Mid 1st -- The Sox may finally see the gauntlet of front-line starting pitchers coming to an end with Ricky Nolasco, but that doesn't save them from a miserable first inning. Nolasco needs just 13 pitches to end the top of the first, striking out both Scott Podsednik and Adrian Gonzalez in a 1-2-3 inning.
The Red Sox will take on the Miami Marlins in the rubber match of their three-game series Wednesday night. First pitch will be at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.
David Ortiz will return to the lineup after missing out against tough lefty Mark Buehrle, batting fourth and playing first base. Kevin Youkilis will be the man to miss out today, sitting as Will Middlebrooks plays third and Adrian Gonzalez takes on right field again.
Boston Red Sox (30-32)
Miami Marlins (32-30)
Not long ago, Clay Buchholz was an absolute wreck. With his ERA sitting at 7.84, and an even 27 in both strikeouts and walks, there was little-to-no hope of a strong outing when he took the mound. The Red Sox won enough of his starts, sure, but with the sort of offensive production that could have saved a Single-A player from a major league loss. Or even John Lackey!
All-of-a-sudden, however, two months into the season, everything clicked.
Over his last four starts, Clay Buchholz has thrown 31 innings of five-run ball. Only 29 men have reached base over that period--good for a WHIP of 0.94--and almost as many have gone down by way of the K. While the Red Sox managed to lose the first of those starts when Alfredo Aceves surrendered two runs in the ninth, they've taken the last three.
Two of those wins account for the only two wins the Sox have in their last nine games.
From the albatross of the rotation, Clay Buchholz has suddenly become the stopper, ending losing streaks of three and four games with dominant starts against the Orioles and Marlins. Now the Sox can only hope he also serves as the spark that starts a winning streak--one desperately needed with a 30-32 record staring them in the face.
The last time the Red Sox won, it was thanks to Clay Buchholz' complete game shutout against the Baltimore Orioles. He was not quite so amazingly lockdown Tuesday against the Marlins, but he was close enough, throwing seven innings of one-run ball as the Red Sox snapped their losing streak with a 2-1 victory.
After the first four at bats of the game, it seemed like it was going to be yet more frustration for the Red Sox. Both Scott Podsednik and Kevin Youkilis found themselves robbed by good defensive plays, in a 1-2-3 first, and Jose Reyes gave the team an unwelcome sense of deja vu when he hit a hard ground ball past the bag at first for a leadoff triple.
That's where clay Buchholz came in. Two changeups with nasty breaks to Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez give Buchholz two much-needed strikeouts, and a curveball away to Giancarlo Stanton gives him his third, and gets him out of the inning.
Mark Buehrle and Clay Buchholz would trade scoreless innings through to the end of the sixth, with Clay Buchholz picking up eight strikeouts along the way (a season high) and Mark Buehrle allowing almost no baserunners--at least until the seventh. There, the Sox finally broke through, with Will Middlebrooks getting it started by dropping a single into right field. Adrian Gonzalez could only fly out to center, but Kelly Shoppach came through, hitting a gapper to left field for the opening run of the game. Mike Aviles followed him up by working a six-pitch at bat and dropping a blooper into center to bring another run home.
Aviles' insurance run would prove essential when, three pitches into the bottom half of the seventh, Clay Buchholz threw a fastball over the inside part of the plate and Chris Coghlan hit it a mile to right field, putting the Marlins on the board.
Buchholz would pick up his ninth strikeout, and then end up handing off the ball to the bullpen to start the eighth. While Vicente Padilla ended up having an infield single and a blooper over the head of Dustin Pedroia bring the tying run just 90 feet from home, Giancarlo Stanton's fourth K of the day proved enough to end the inning, and Alfredo Aceves was able to work around a leadoff baserunner to close out the game in the ninth.
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|WP: Clay Buchholz (7 - 2)
SV: Alfredo Aceves (15)
LP: Mark Buehrle (5 - 7)
The Red Sox are out to break free of their four-game losing streak and eight-game tailspin Tuesday night as they take on Mark Buehrle and the Florida Marlins.
We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Marlins Park.
Red Sox 2, Marlins 1, Final -- A leadoff single doesn't end up costing the Sox, as they finally get back in the wins column.
Red Sox 2, Marlins 1, Mid 9th -- Alfredo Aceves will need a scoreless inning to close out the game in the ninth.
Red Sox 2, Marlins 1, End 8th -- With two outs in the inning, Vicente Padilla decides to make an adventure of it, though it's not so much his fault as back-to-back batters reach on an infield single and a bloop over Dustin Pedroia's head. Deciding not to take any chances with the tying run 90 feet away, Padilla decides to simply strike Giancarlo Stanton out (for the fourth time today) and end the inning that way.
Red Sox 2, Marlins 1, Mid 8th -- Youk gets plunked with two outs--likely an accident, since this may be the least heated series ever--but the Sox can't follow up, and they'll head to the bottom of the eighth with just the one run lead.
Red Sox 2, Marlins 1, End 7th -- Bobby Valentine's decision to leave Clay Buchholz in to hit with two on and two out in the seventh isn't rewarded with a very good inning. Though Clay did pick up his ninth strikeout of the game, this one coming against Gaby Sanchez, a fastball on the inside part of the plate to Chris Coghlan ends up leaving the park to right by a good margin for a solo shot that cuts the lead in half. A loud fly ball that could have been another shot in some parks ends the inning, however, so Clay can count this as another strong start in his pocket.
Red Sox 2, Marlins 0, Mid 7th -- The Red Sox scored!
Will Middlebrooks got things started with one out, dropping a line drive into right field for a single. While Adrian Gonzalez would make the second out behind him, Kelly Shoppach made good on Bobby Valentine's decision to place him so high in the lineup, hooking an RBI double into the gap in center. Behind him, Mike Aviles almost popped out in foul territory, but John Buck had the ball bounce from his glove as he leaned into the dugout, giving the Sox' shortstop new life, leading to a bloop hit to right-center that brought Shoppach home from second. Only a tremendous diving catch from Chris Coghlan on a Clay Buchholz fliner kept the Sox from adding to their tally.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, End 6th -- It feels like Clay Buchholz has been pitching in a 3-2 count all night, but so far there's still no results on the board for the Marlins. While they again managed to turn one of the 3-ball counts into a walk--this one a leadoff pass to Omar Infante--a great play by Mike Aviles to backhand a Hanley Ramirez ground ball and start the double play made quick work of the baserunner, and Buchholz followed it up by striking out Giancarlo Stanton for the third time tonight, this time with a tremendous changeup.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, Mid 6th -- The Sox get some luck when Gaby Sanchez can't pick out a throw in the dirt from Omar Infante at first, allowing Darnell McDonald to reach base to lead the inning off. After Clay Buchholz bunts him over to second, however, Scott Podsednik strikes out and Dustin Pedroia grounds out to end the threat.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, End 5th -- Clay's fifth scoreless inning is a bit more tenuous than the last, as he walks John Buck--his first of the night--and after Mark Buehrle strikes out trying to bunt Buck over, gives up a long fly ball to center that thankfully dies on the warning track.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, Mid 5th -- After breaking a nearly month-long streak without a walk, Adrian Gonzalez now has one in two straight games, drawing the free pass off the usually stingy Buehrle to lead off the inning.
Unfortunately, one batter later, and Mike Aviles erases him with an inning-ending double play.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, End 4th -- Buchholz gets back to dealing in the fourth like he was in the first. While he runs the counts full against both Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison, he paints the outside edge with a two-seam fastball that looks sure to end up outside before it cuts back in, and then gets Morrison swinging at a cut fastball down-and-in, looking for all the world like a right-handed version of the Jon Lester of old.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, Mid 4th -- If there's one thing to be said for watching Mark Buehrle dominate your team, it's that he's mercifully quick about it. Even though he throws 13 pitches to retire the side in the top of the fourth, striking out Will Middlebrooks for the third out, it feels more like 5.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, End 3rd -- The Marlins get back on the basepaths against Clay Buchholz, but a foolish baserunning decision by Jose Reyes and a heads-up play from Kevin Youkilis helped Buchholz escape the inning unharmed all-the-same. After recording another two outs to start the frame, Buchholz had Jose Reyes line a single into left field and then move to second as a ground ball found the hole in the left side of the infield. That's when Reyes took "in scoring position" a bit too seriously. With Mike Aviles having to range far to his left to grab a ground ball from Hanley Ramirez, the Marlins' third baseman was able to beat the throw to first. Reyes, on the other hand, could not beat the throw home, as Youkilis picked him up trying to score on the infield single and had him dead to rights at the plate.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, Mid 3rd -- The Sox offer less resistance in the third than they did in either the first or second, though that is perhaps to be expected with the pitcher batting second. Buchholz, to his credit, at least takes a couple of balls to work the count to an even 2-2 before he goes down swinging at an 86 MPH fastball, but perhaps he shouldn't be swinging at all given his back issues and the propensity of AL pitchers to get themselves hurt at the plate.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, End 2nd -- Clay Buchholz keeps right on rolling into the second inning, retiring the side on nine pitches and adding a strikeout to his tally as he gets Gaby Sanchez to swing at a slurvish curveball high and away for his fourth K of the night.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, Mid 2nd -- Kelly Shoppach gives the Red Sox their first baserunner of the game, lining a double down the foul line in right field, but it comes with two outs and Aviles leaves him there with an easy ground ball out.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, End 1st -- And now the Marlins are feeling the frustration too. For the second straight game, Jose Reyes hits a low liner to the right side of the infield--this one doesn't even quite reach the grass before landing--and ends up on third base with all three outs to work with.
Clay Buchholz, however, is not willing to simply concede the run. An 0-2 changeup in the dirt gets Omar Infante to take an off-balance swing for strikeout number one, three pitches to Hanley Ramirez lead to a similar result, again on a changeup that dips by about a foot as it reaches the zone, and while Giancarlo Stanton manages to work the count full, he can't quite hold up on a curveball the breaks down and outside of the zone, resulting in strikeout number three.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, Mid 1st -- Just one inning in and this one has "frustrating" written all over it. Against a pitcher like Mark Buehrle, the Sox can't really afford to have their strong contact not lead to hits, but that's what they had happen in the first. A leadoff line drive from Scott Podsednik is caught by a running Giancarlo Stanton, who has to lean forward and squat down to keep the ball from falling in. Dustin Pedroia's strikeout is not so frustrating as it is disappointing, but the Marlins bring the aggravation right back when Hanley Ramirez lays out for a hard hit ground ball from Kevin Youkilis, robbing him as well.
The Red Sox will try to snap their four-game losing streak Tuesday night as they take on Mark Buehrle and the Miami Marlins. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, the MLB Network, and WEEI.
Coming up against Mark Buehrle and his big splits, the Red Sox have stacked their lineup with as many right-handed hitters as possible. When on the road against National League teams, that means no David Ortiz, as first and third base are committed to Kevin Youkilis and Will Middlebrooks respectively.
Middlebrooks, for his part, will get the nod at the cleanup spot--the first time he's done so in the majors. Kelly Shoppach will also get a big bump up, hitting sixth behind Adrian Gonzalez.
Boston Red Sox (29-32)
Miami Marlins (32-29)
Last year, when the Red Sox started the season 0-6, and 2-10, Sox fans were treated to statistic after statistic about how few teams recovered from such a gap to reach the playoffs, win the world series, or even achieve a winning record. It seemed like it was every writer's top priority to hammer home the hopelessness of the situation.
Of course, it only makes it worse that, after seemingly overcoming every single one of those statistics and establishing themselves at the top of the AL East, the Red Sox went right ahead and blew it all in September. But that's another story altogether.
This year, despite a 1-5 start, those numbers never really came up. Perhaps it's because the beat writers are all loathe to repeat themselves just one ear Or maybe it's that, unlike last year, this Red Sox team does not come with any great expectations. It would, after all, be cruel at best to have spent the last 15 years reminding Pirates fans that, based on the first couple months of the season, now everyone is really sure that they won't be turning things around this season.
Still, for those interested in some historical perspective, how about this: the last time the Red Sox were three games under .500 as late as Game 61 was 1997. Despite the first full season of Nomar Garciaparra--he would win Rookie of the Year honors--and strong campaigns from the likes of Mo Vaughn and John Valentin, the pre-Pedro Sox would allow 857 runs thanks to a rotation weighed down by Aaron Sele, Jeff Suppan, and Steve Avery, as well as a miserable bullpen.
Now, credit to these 2012 Red Sox of ours, they are not 24-37 like the 1997 edition was. But also credit to the 1997 edition, since they managed to work their way back up to a more dignified 78-84 before the season was over.
That's one win more than these Sox will have if they keep going at the same pace they have for the last three months of the season.
With the Red Sox offense averaging less than three runs a game during their four game slide, Bobby Valentine will look to Clay Buchholz (6-2, 5.77 ERA) to continue his strong run of form to right the ship. Buchholz has given up 2 runs or less in his last 3 starts, including a complete game, 4-hit shutout of the Baltimore Orioles in his last start.
The Marlins will counter with Mark Buehrle (5-6, 3.49 ERA), who has dropped his last two starts for Miami. He was strong in his last start against the Atlanta Braves despite the loss, giving up only 3 hits and 2 runs in 6 innings of work.
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 12, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Marlins Park
TV: NESN/MLB Network, Fox Sports Florida
Online streaming: MLB.tv
The Red Sox have dropped their fourth straight game, falling to 29-32 on the season and 1-7 over their last eight games as their struggles at the plate continued against Josh Johnson and the Marlins.
In the first inning Josh Johnson actually looked vulnerable, giving up a single and a walk and falling behind Adrian Gonzalez 3-0--it seemed like runs were imminent. Instead, Johnson battled back to strike Gonzalez out, and then got a pair of fly balls to end the frame without any damage.
Josh Beckett was not so lucky.
Allowing a line drive to Jose Reyes that rolled all the way to the wall for a triple to start the bottom half of the first, Beckett would have a bad situation made worse by a pair of bloop singles surrounding a rocket from Logan Morrison to the top of the wall, turning what may have just been the one run into three. A leadoff single would result in a fourth run in the second.
From there, however, Beckett was nigh untouchable. Starting with the last out in the second and ending after the first out in the seventh, fourteen straight Miami batters came to the plate against Josh Beckett and were retired without reaching base. Only a John Buck walk cost him his streak, and a strikeout and ground ball got him out of the seventh without Buck advancing past first.
Unfortunately, Josh Johnson wasn't much worse. The only real rally for the Sox came in the sixth, when Scott Podsednik and Dustin Pedroia once again reached base--this time with one out--and Adrian Gonzalez brought the one run home with a sacrifice fly. Unable to make a dent against the bullpen, the Sox fell once again.
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Headed down to Miami to take on the Marlins, the Red Sox will look to get back on track after a 1-6 tailspin has left them two games under .500.
We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Marlins Park.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, Final -- And the Red Sox lose, even though Adrian Gonzalez managed his first walk in about a month.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, End 8th -- Mark Melancon had a 1-2-3 inning! Mark Melancon had a 1-2-3 inning! Mark Melancon had a 1-2-3 inning! Mark Melancon had a 1-2-3 inning! Mark Melancon had a 1-2-3 inning!
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, Mid 8th -- A 2-out single from Scott Podsednik is all the Sox can muster in the eighth, leaving them three outs away from 1-7 over their last eight games.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, End 7th -- Josh Beckett's streak is broken at 13 as he allows a 1-out walk to John Buck. A Justin Ruggiano strikeout and Jose Reyes ground out, however, leave the Marlins unable to advance their runner.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, Mid 7th -- Josh Johnson makes it seven strikeouts as he sits down Ryan Sweeney swinging in yet another 1-2-3 inning. The Sox will have to totally turn things around against the Miami bullpen when they get the chance in the next inning.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, End 6th -- Despite the hard contact in the last inning, Beckett has his fourth straight 1-2-3 inning. But for some unfortunate bloops in the first, this would look like a very different game right now for Beckett, though the Marlins would likely still be leading given Josh Johnson's excellent performance.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, Mid 6th -- The Sox finally push a run across, with Scott Podsednik and Dustin Pedroia picking up a 1-out single and double respectively. Adrian Gonzalez didn't really pick up the big hit they'd been hoping for, but he did manage a sacrifice fly, giving them their first run of the night.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, End 5th -- The Marlins get their first legitimate contact off Beckett in a while, with a line drive to third and a fly ball to left field both looking dangerous off the bat. But each ends up in a glove, allowing him to extend his run to 10 straight Marlins retired.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, Mid 5th -- Josh Johnson enjoys another 1-2-3 inning, with nine pitches earning him a strikeout and two ground balls. 76 pitches in, Johnson has his shutout intact and just three baserunners to his name. He's a good pitcher, no doubt, but the Sox had to be hoping he'd look easier compared to the likes of Strasburg - Gonzalez - Zimmermann.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, End 4th -- While the offense doesn't seem to be finding its footing in any great hurry, Josh Beckett at least seems ready to start playing baseball again. Extending his streak to seven straight Marlins retired, Beckett hits a corner with a 1-2 fastball to Josh Johnson to end the inning. Not the greatest achievement in the world, striking out a pitcher, but two perfect innings is a good sign.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, Mid 4th -- The frustration is becoming very visible after another 1-2-3 inning for the Red Sox offense, with an angry David Ortiz slamming his bat to the ground after hitting an easy fly ball out.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, End 3rd -- Beckett gets a much-needed 1-2-3 third, striking out Stanton to start his rebound frame.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, Mid 3rd -- The Sox put up no fight in the third, going 1-2-3 with two strikeouts and a pop-up. At least it's expected from Josh Beckett.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, End 2nd -- A leadoff baserunner turns into a fourth run for the Marlins as John Buck singles up the middle, moves to third on a sacrifice and ground out, and then scores on a Donovan Solano ground ball single hit hard past Mike Aviles at short.
Marlins 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 2nd -- Not so long ago, the Sox were making an art of losing. They might be getting back to that, as a one-out single by Ryan Sweeney is undone as the outfielder stood watching as Josh Johnson tossed over to first for the pickoff--just Johnson's second of his career.
Marlins 3, Red Sox 0, End 1st -- After one inning, it seems like Boston's misery is set to continue. Josh Beckett comes out extraordinarily hittable. Jose Reyes starts it off by hitting a line drive into the gap in right-center, and with the ball rolling all the way to the wall, reaches third, scoring on a sacrifice fly in the next at bat.
Beckett would get his second out in quick order, but a blooper to right put a runner on, and that was all the Marlins needed. Logan Morrison got an inside fastball about waist high and turned on it, sending it high off the wall in right, scoring Giancarlo Stanton from first. Another blooper from Gaby Sanchez, and it was 3-0. Two somewhat lucky hits, but also two big ones.
It's certainly early to be calling this game, but the way the Sox are running right now, 3-0 looks like almost an impossible hill to climb.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, Mid 1st -- An encouraging start comes to an uninspiring conclusion for the Red Sox in the first. After Scott Podsednik hit a seeing eye single back up the middle and Dustin Pedroia walked to give Boston a pair of leadoff runners, Josh Johnson fell behind 3-0 to Adrian Gonzalez.
Four pitches later, and Gonzalez was the victim of a strikeout. David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia at least manage to put the ball on the bat behind him, but the contact results in nothing more than fly ball outs--neither at all challenging--leaving the Sox scoreless in the first.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard will be pitching in Monday night's game for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. However, Bard will be throwing from the bullpen and not starting, according to a report (via Maureen Mullen's Twitter).
Could this be a sign of things to come for Bard when he returns to the Boston Red Sox? Bard was demoted to the Pawtucket club after a poor showing as a starter for the big league club this season. Bard was 5-6 as a starter with a 5.24 ERA with 34 strikeouts and 37 walks. For his pro career, Bard is just 10-19 with a 3.39 ERA. He has 247 strikeouts to 113 walks.
Bard's first start in the minors this year went bad as well. He lasted just one inning, hitting the first batter and third batters he faced. Bard made it out of the first inning and struck out two batters but was pulled after giving up three earned runs on two hits.
The Red Sox will have David Ortiz at first base as they head back to a National League ballpark Monday night to take on the Miami Marlins. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, ESPN, and WEEI.
The infield shuffle between Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, and Will Middlebrooks is just that much more complicated and crowded now that the DH spot is out the window for the next six games and David Ortiz is thrown into the mix. Hitting .308/.391/.585 on the season, Ortiz is hardly expendable, but especially against left-handed pitchers the Sox will struggle to figure out which of the four will sit on any given night.
Tonight, however, the odd man out is Will Middlebrooks, as Adrian Gonzalez takes over in right field, Ortiz at first, and Youkilis mans third.
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Ross has been out since he played his last game on May 18. He's been on the disabled list since May 22 with a bone fracture in his left foot. During the 2012 season, Ross has hit .271 with eight home runs, 28 RBI and 16 walks. Just before the injury, Ross had hit homers in back-to-back games and was 4-6 with five RBI in those games.
Ross took batting practice for the first time since the injury on June 9 and began running on Sunday. Ross was originally thought to be out until early July with the injury but it is now conceivable he will return in late June.
The Red Sox are headed south to Miami to take on the new-look Marlins as they try to break from a tailspin that has left them two games below .500.
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