Boston leads it 4-0 as we enter the seventh inning. The Mariners don’t have an error today, but have looked lousy on defense and it cost them a run in the fifth inning when shortstop Munenori Kawasaki forgot to touch second while attempting to turn a double play. Instead, David Ortiz — who’d beaten the infield shift with a bunt, of all things, moments earlier — was safe at second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a single to left by Will Middlebrooks off Charlie Furbush.
Furbush took over from Blake Beavan after four laborious innings from him.
The offense has gone AWOL today and the few hits they have had haven’t come in any key situations. Of the three hits by Seattle, Ichiro has two of them — an infield chopper and a broken bat blooper.
2:42 p.m.: Two more runs for the Red Sox in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. Well, at least it’s not 5-0 this time, but the M’s have got to do a better job at finishing off rallies. They finally got to Josh Beckett for a couple of hits in the top of the fourth to put two on with one out. But then Jesus Montero hit a flyball to medium left field for the second out and Kyle Seager grounded out to end the threat.
Boston saw Cody Ross draw a one-out walk against Blake Beavan, followed by a Daniel Nava single that put runners at the corners. Mike Aviles then doubled to right to bring one run home and a groundout to the right side by Ryan Sweeney plated the other.
2:17 p.m.: We’re getting to the point where the Mariners might as well just walk David Ortiz once it gets to a three-ball count with a pitcher on the mound throwing nothing but fastballs for strikes. Blake Beavan saw the count go full, tried to sneak a fastball by Ortiz for a strike and saw it crushed into the right field seats.
Boston leads 1-0 after three innings.
Josh Beckett has six strikeouts in three innings and has whiffed four in a row as we begin the fourth. No, he hasn’t allowed a baserunner yet. Time for an Ichiro infield single this inning.
1:57 p.m.: Blake Beavan has allowed four baserunners in two innings, but made the pitches he needed to at key moments to keep this a scoreless game as we head to the third. The Mariners have gone six up, six down with three strikeouts against Josh Beckett so far, though Justin Smoak nearly had a home run to right field in the second.
The ball was ruled foul, Eric Wedge went out to argue and umpires convened and went to video review. It took quite a while, but they finally ruled it foul. I had trouble tracking the ball on video replay and I’m sure they did as well.
1:07 p.m.: We’ve got Blake Beavan going against Josh Beckett this afternoon in the finale of this two-game series. They just held a pre-game ceremony to honor Tim Wakefield, who retired last February after a career that included 17 seasons with the Red Sox.
Beckett won’t be nearly as popular with the crowd if he can’t throw strikes early.
May 15, 2012 at 3:28 PM