10:45 p.m. — The comeback came up short. In the end, it was the BoSox bullpen that held the lead that Josh Beckett delivered and quelled a 9th inning rally via Jonathan Papelbon. Orioles pitching surrendered 12 hits and four walks, losing 6-4 at Fenway Park tonight despite four innings of scoreless relief. It wasn’t a 22-4 whitewashing — like the Yankees suffered today at home to the Tribe — but it’s another loss, their third in a row, that has them at 6-5 on the season.
Adam Eaton now has a 11.25 ERA on the season, going just four innings tonight and allowing nine hits and two walks. And again, the bottom of the order has been ineffective offensively with these anemic averages: Gregg Zaun .133, Felix Pie .179 and Cesar Izturis .162.
Koji Uehara will go back to the hill tomorrow against Jon Lester at 1:35.
8:50 p.m. –One thing you CAN say: the dangerous hitting can chase down the bad pitching on a lot of nights. Josh Beckett is walking in runs and getting thrashed by orange bats here in the 5th inning. Four runs in, one runner on and nobody out. And, yes, we have activity in the Red Sox Sox bullpen in the 5th inning and Beckett is nearing 90 pitches. Red Sox are up 6-4. Looks like it’s getting chilly at Fenway.
8:37 p.m. — It’s 6-0 Red Sox and Adam Eaton has been just as bad as advertised. It’s the fourth inning. Brian Bass is up in the bullpen, and that usually spells “R-O-L-A-I-D-S!” for Dave Trembley and every Orioles fan. The Orioles have surrendered 35 runs in registering their last 57 outs, just astonishing numbers.
5:32 p.m. — A tough afternoon at The Phone Booth — the Caps gave up an early goal to Ryan Callahan and never could solve Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers held on for 50 minutes and a 1-0 win in Washington. Caps coach Bruce Boudreau surprised everyone with a switch in the nets as Simeon Varlamov started and played well but not perfect, like his counterpart who made 35 saves and thwarted every effort from the Caps.
The Caps travel to New York for Game 3 down 2-0 in the series on Monday. The WNST crew will be out to “Rock the Red” at Silver Spring Mining Company in Perry Hall on Bel Air Road. Hope you wear your red and join us.
The Orioles will send Adam Eaton to the hill to face Josh Beckett at Fenway Park tonight at 7:10.