The Red Sox are clinging to a 6-5 lead through the first two-and-a-half innings in what is fast becoming a complete mockery of a baseball game.
John Lackey, facing a lineup largely comprised of no-names and has-beens (and J.J. Hardy), promptly allowed three baserunners to reach to start the game off, bringing in two runs after Vladimir Guerrero’s sacrifice fly. One more single, and suddenly it was 3-0 before the Red Sox even had a chance to bat.
The good news is that Brian Matusz is also quite terrible. While the Sox only scored their first run on the play that resulted in their second out of the inning, David Ortiz followed it up with a double, leaving runners at second and third, and Jed Lowrie finally showed some life, absolutely crushing a fly ball up and over the Monster, completely out of Fenway park, putting the Sox up 5-4.
The scoring would continue in the second for Boston, with Jason Varitek and Darnell McDonald reaching to start the inning. Marco Scutaro doubled the captain home, and while Darnell McDonald would be caught between third and home after a late stop sign from Tim Bogar, the Sox would add another tally on Dustin Pedroia’s RBI single to right.
John Lackey even seemed ready to start recording some outs after a 9-pitch second. With two outs and nobody on in the third, he threw a ball in the dirt to Vlad Guerrero for strike three, but the pitch got away from Jason Varitek, allowing Baltimore’s DH to reach base. That seemed to open the floodgates, as a single and a walk loaded the bases, setting up Nolan Reimold to bring in two men with a flare to right field, pulling the Orioles to within just one run of the Sox.