Now 6.5 games out of the East (as New York held on in Anaheim 11-8). The Blue Jays are 8.5 GB.
End of 8 innings -- Delcarmen again retires the Mariners in order, this time on four pitches. Very nice.
End of 7 innings -- Delcarmen retired the Mariners on six pitches. After a long run, Hinske made a flatout dive (a (good) Cocoesque leap) towards the right field line on Rivera's liner for the second out. Snagged it as he was hortizontal in the air and slid to a stop just shy of the stands!
End of 6 innings -- Alex Cora just pulled off an unassisted double play on a ground ball! Mariners had Ibanez (walk) on second and Sexson on first (HBP) with one out. Tavarez went into his motion and did his little Tiant-twist-and-look-at-second-base motion and Ibanez headed back to the back, thinking Sexy Lips had stepped off. But he went into his regular motion and pitched. Broussard hit the ball to shortstop. Cora grabbed it as he was running towards the bag, stepped on second to force Sexson, then tagged Ibanez who was a little off second base, quite confused. (I was watching on the computer on mute, but I'm pretty sure that's how it happened.)
Middle 6th -- David Ortiz's 47th home run of the year has ended Baek's shot at both a no-hitter and a shutout. After one long drive to right hooked foul, Ortiz refined his aim five pitches later. .. One out later, Lowell hits #15. And the Sox trail 5-3. And Baek is off to the showers. Hmmmmm ...
End of 5th -- Goddamn this team! Suzuki gets an infield single to the shortstop hole, Snelling doubles down the right field line, Beltre walks on four pitches, Bases loaded, none out. Ibanez crushes a 2-0 pitch to deep right for a grand slam. 5-1 Mariners. ... After Sexson singles, Snyder is gone and here comes Tavarez. ... But wait, there's more! And after a line out to left, two more singles, a fielder's choice (coupled with a two-base throwing error from Lopez), Ichiro is walked, again loading the bases. Tavarez falls behind Snelling 3-0, but battles back to strike him out. Great linescore:
Red Sox - 000 01 - 1 0 2Middle of 5th -- The Red Sox get a run! Hinske walks on 5 pitches. Pedroia walks on 13 (!) pitches. Then Lopez strikes out on 3 pitches. And Cora strikes out on 3 pitches. (Anger ... rising ...) Crisp falls behind 0-2 before grounding to first. Broussard's throw to the bag goes way over the pitcher's head, Hinske scores, but Pedroia is tagged out in a rundown at second. 1-1.
Mariners - 010 05 - 6 10 1
End of 4 innings -- Speaking of no-hitters, Cha Seung Baek is throwing one. A no-hitter, I mean. Hasn't allowed a hit. That's right. No hits for the Red Sox. On his way to a no-no. Imagine that. A no-hitter.
End of 3 innings -- I've never seen or watched a no-hitter, but I just saw Javy Lopez throw out a base runner! OMG!!! Ibanez (who last night advanced from first to second on a fly to Coco) was gunned down as part of a double play on Sexson's strikeout. Snyder, however, is making Jon Lester look like vintage Maddux, having thrown 69 pitches in three innings.
End of 2 innings -- Amazingly, it's only Seattle 1-0. The Mariners loaded the bases in the first on a walk and two infield hits (Pedroia dove for Snelling's grounder and pulled Loretta off the bag with his throw; Cora went into the hole on Sexson's grounder and bobbled the ball when he tried to get a force at third). Synder struck out Broussard and stranded three runners.
In the second, Youkilis had a lot of trouble with the sun in left. Betancourt's line drive sailed over his head and glove for a double, then Bloomquist's routine fly ball fell at his feet for an error. After a BBI to Suzuki, a sac fly scored Betancourt.
Meanwhile, the Yankees lead the Angels 8-2 after 3 innings (Bernie Williams has hit 2 HR). The White Sox beat the Twins 6-1.
Kyle Snyder (5.35) / Cha Seung Baek (5.40), 4 PM
Baek made his first start of the season last Tuesday, throwing 103 pitches in five innings against the Yankees. He walked three and struck out six, and allowed three runs. He also pitched in seven games for the Mariners in 2004.
Today's Murmurers Row:
It never ends. WEEI reported about an hour ago that Jon Lester will miss his start tomorrow night in Oakland, possibly related to a stiff back from his recent fender-bender on Storrow Drive. Kason Gabbard will apparently get the ball.Crisp, CF