Well, this was a pretty heartbreaking loss, as Tim Wakefield was looking to get his 200th win, but a bullpen meltdown kept him at 199. A single by Jacoby Ellsbury, a single for Dustin Pedroia, and a hit by pitch for Adrian Gonzalez started the 1st inning. Kevin Youkilis was promptly hit by a pitch to push a run across and make it 1-0. Later in the inning, Marco Scutaro hit a soft single up the middle that would push the score to a 3-0 Red Sox lead. In the bottom of the 1st, Eric Thames scored on a fly ball to right by Edwin Encarnacion to make it 3-1. After a single by Brett Lawrie to start the 2nd, J.P. Arencibia tied the game by hitting a high fly ball to left-center to make it 3-3. In the 3rd, Eric Thames scored on a ground-rule double to left field by Jose Bautista to give the Jays a 4-3 lead. Later in the inning, Bautista himself would score as he took home with a runner going to second, plus a bad throw by Marco Scutaro, and once the dust settled it was 5-3. With runners at 1st and 2nd in the 4th, Josh Reddick singled to bring in a run and make it 5-4. Then came Jacoby Ellsbury, who completely changed the course of the game by hitting a line drive homer to left field that would make it 7-5. In the 5th, the Sox padded their newfound lead with a solo home run by David Ortiz to make it 8-5. In the 7th, the Blue Jays cut the lead a bit as Edwin Encarnacion drove in Yunel Escobar. However, in the 8th, the Blue Jays loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, a single, and a walk. Eric Thames then walked to push in a run and make it 8-7. Then Jose Bautista walked to push in another run and tie the game at 8-8. Then came Edwin Encarnacion with the big blow, a 3-run double off his bat basically killed the game for us, making the score 11-8. However, the Sox didn't give up as Adrian Gonzalez knocked a solo homer to lead off the 9th. Later in the inning, Marco Scutaro singled in David Ortiz to make it 11-10, but they couldn't further come back and that was the final.
Given, Tim Wakefield didn't pitch too well anyways, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned in 5 innings and walked 3, as he is now 6-6/5.03/78. Then came a bullpen barrage with Franklin Morales for 1/3 of a scoreless inning and Dan Wheeler for 1 1/3 innings with 1 run. Then came Daniel Bard, in possibly his worst outing of the season, he allowing 5 runs in one inning and killed the game. Matt Albers came in for 1/3 of a scoreless inning next. Jacoby Ellsbury (left) had a great game, going 4-5 with 2 runs and a 3-run homer, as he is now .316/25/88. Adrian Gonzalez went 2-4 with 2 runs and a solo home run, as he is now .343/24/106. David Ortiz did pretty much the same thing, he was also 2-4 with 2 runs and a solo home run as he is now .319/29/92. Marco Scutaro went 2-4 with 3 RBIs and a run in another good day, as he's been great lately. Tonight, Andrew Miller (6-2/5.27/40) will go up against Ricky Romero (13-10/2.93/157) as the Sox will look to split this series.
Jacoby Ellsbury- 4-5 with 2 runs scored and a 3-run homer
Adrian Gonzalez- 2-4 with 2 runs and a solo home run
David Ortiz- 2-4 with 2 runs and a solo home run
Marco Scutaro- 2-4 with 3 RBIs
Tim Wakefield- 5 runs in 5 innings
Dan Wheeler- 1 run in 1 1/3 innings
Daniel Bard- 5 runs in 1 inning
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 0-4 with a strikeout and 2 LOB
This was a bad game, a very , very bad game