Red Sox Live Blog: Pedro Ciriaco’s Walk-Off Blast Gives Sox 5-3 Win in 10 Innings


March 12, 2012

Red Sox Live Blog: Pedro Ciriaco's Walk-Off Blast Gives Sox 5-3 Win in 10 InningsFinal Red Sox 5-3: It looked like the Sox were going to try to small ball their way to a win. Nate Spears bunted for a hit with one out and then was lifted for a pinch runner. Pedro Ciriaco then showed bunt on the next pitch. He took it for a ball, and then was apparently free to swing away. And swing away he did.

Ciriaco launched a Alejandro Ramos fastball up and over everything to left field for a walk-off two-run home run for the win.

Mid 10th, 3-3: The Marlins wasted a leadoff double from the living legend Scott Cousins, as Jesse Carlson was able to wiggle his way out of danger. 

A pair of groundouts sandwiched a strikeout, and the Sox now come to the plate in the 10th with a chance to win the ballgame.

They're expected to send Juan Carlos Linares, Nate Spears and Pedro Ciriaco to the plate in the 10th, but it is spring training, so that is subject to change.

End 9th, 3-3: Well, the first nine innings were so much fun, we're going to add at least one more.

The Red Sox went down without a sound in the ninth inning, and the two teams will play at least one more inning, but it's probably unlikely that they'll go beyond that.

The extra frame allows left-hander Jesse Carlson to get some work in, as he'll work the 10th.

Mid 9th, 3-3: Scott Atchison blows the save, and things aren't done from JetBlue Park.

The Marlins did everything they could to ensure the Sox could hold the one-run lead, including running into the first out of the inning at home plate, but the Sox couldn't make the most of the opportunities. 

Atchison complicated matters when he fielded a ground ball and then threw it into the ground in his attempt to throw to first base. Clint Sammons, who was on third following the error, then scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kevin Mattison.

Jason Repko had a chance to throw him out at the plate, but the ball got by Ryan Lavarnway, and the game is now tied.

The Sox come to the plate looking to put things away tied 3-3.

End 8th, Red Sox 3-2: The Red Sox go in order in the bottom of the eighth inning in what might have been the most pedestrian half inning of all time.

Lars Anderson did work a walk, so there was that, but aside from that free pass, you didn't miss much if you missed the bottom half of the eighth. 

The ageless wonder, Scott Atchison, will work the ninth with hopes of slamming the door and giving the Sox the win.

Mid 8th, Red Sox 3-2: Ross Ohlendorf doesn't cruise through the eighth quite like he did in the seventh, but he's still able to work out of a mini jam to toss another scoreless inning of work. 

All in all, it was a pretty nice effort from Ohlendorf who will need to make the most of every opportunity he gets if he wants to contribute in Boston at any point this season.

End 7th, Red Sox 3-2: Mike Aviles' quest for the perfect day comes to a crashing end when he strikes out to end the seventh inning.

The Sox shortstop didn't look too broken up about things, laughing and giving home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth a hearty pat on the back as the inning ended.

That's a far cry from Ozzie Guillen who we've yet to mention was ejected a couple of innings ago after arguing with first-base umpire Tim Tschida. What that argument was about, we have no clue. Heck, it may have been over nothing, and it was just Guillen's own personal way of getting ready for the season.

Mid 7th, Red Sox 3-2: Ross Ohlendorf, who was added to the roster shortly before spring training began, just had himself a nice 1-2-3 inning. 

The 29-year-old right-hander worked quickly in his Red Sox debut, and the results were rather impressive for a guy hoping to find a spot somewhere with the big league club.

End 6th, Red Sox 3-2: The Red Sox got a little carried away in the sixth after a pair of leadoff singles to begin the frame. Adrian Gonzalez singled to begin the inning, but he was thrown out trying to get to third on a David Ortiz single in the following at-bat. 

Gonzalez, not known for his speed, committed the cardinal base running sin by making the first out of the inning at third base.

The Sox couldn't do anything with the runner at second, and after six, they hold a 3-2 lead.

Mid 6th, Red Sox 3-2: Andrew Bailey experienced a rough start to his Red Sox tenure, as the right-hander was touched up pretty good to start the fifth. Despite giving up a couple of loud hits, though, Bailey was able to limit the damage to just a run on three hits.

He's a pitcher who pounds the strike zone which is a good thing, but when he misses on his location, it means he's going to get a lot of plate and hitters make you pay for that.

They did so in the sixth, but Bailey showed good enough composure to get out of it with just giving up the one run.

End 5th, Red Sox 3-1: Mike Aviles continues to make it difficult to bet against him as the favorite for the Opening Day shortstop gig.

This time, it's a one-out double down the left-field line for Aviles. He was strander there, though, when Nick Punto flew out and then Kevin Youkilis went down on a strikes thanks to a questionable check swing call to end the at-bat. Youkilis, as one might expect, was less than thrilled, but that's par for the course for the fiery infielder.

Andrew Bailey has been summoned from the bullpen to make his first appearance in a Red Sox uniform.

Mid 5th, Red Sox 3-1: Good stuff from Mark Melancon in the top of the fifth. The former Astros reliever worked a perfect frame mixing in a strikeout to go along with a pair of ground outs.

As it is with every reliever, it was an encouraging sign to see Melancon pound the strike zone with both his fastball and his changeup, the latter of which he got Jose Reyes to roll over to second base to end the inning.

Top 5th, Red Sox 3-1: Mark Melancon will pitch the fifth for the Sox and will likely give way to Andrew Bailey who is making his spring debut. This will give the Sox their first look at what could very well be their late-inning bullpen combination.

Here's the final line on Beckett who threw 57 pitches. 

4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 3 K

End 4th, Red Sox 3-1: We just saw a couple of perfect examples of why Bobby Valentine's insistence that the Red Sox play better fundamental baseball should help.

Ortiz went first to third on the Saltalamacchia single which allowed the designated hitter to score easily on a bloop single from Cody Ross. On that same play, Saltalamacchia was able to go from first to third with a great read on the Ross single. 

The next batter, Kelly Shoppach, came to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly which allowed Saltalamacchia to score. 

Naturally, of course, Ross was then picked off to end the inning. It is spring training still, after all.

Just like that, though, the Sox lead 3-1.

Bottom 4th, 1-1: Ricky Nolasco did the opposite of what Josh Beckett did, as the Miami righty struggled a little toward the end of his outing.

His afternoon is done, as Chad Gaudin comes on with one out in the fourth with runners at first and third.

David Ortiz was issued a one-out walk and he motored from first to third on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia single to right. The Boston catcher was pinch hitting in the place of Che-Hsuan Lin who replaced an injured Ryan Sweeney an inning before in right field.

Gaudin will have to avoid giving up the lead as he takes the mound with a man in scoring position.

Mid 4th, 1-1: Ryan Sweeney has left the game due to a quad injury, and has been replaced in right field by defensive wiz Che-Hsuan Lin.

As for the fourth inning, it was another good one from Beckett who sent the Marlins down in order, thanks in large part to a difficult catch by Cody Ross in front of the Monster in left field.

If Ross gets the at-bats, he could become a Fenway favorite this summer. He's a guy who plays the game hard and looks like he's having fun doing so. More importantly, he's a right-handed batter who is a .282 hitter against left-handed pitching. You could certainly see him doing some damage in Fenway Park.

End 3rd, 1-1: Among the many intriguing storylines this spring is the position battle at shortstop. Jose Iglesias has wowed just about everyone with his defensive prowess, but Mike Aviles is having a nice spring at the plate thus far.

He just gave the Sox some offensive spark by ripping a triple to center field and then scored on a double to left by another shortstop candidate, utility man Nick Punto.

All of that came with two outs, and just like that, it's a 1-1 game.

Mid 3rd, Marlins 1-0: Josh Beckett must have figured something out, as he just turned in a dominant third inning.

Beckett got a pair of groundouts to Mike Aviles at shortstop before blowing away Aaron Rowand with an 88 mph fastball to end the inning with a three-pitch strikeout. 

Beckett also featured a pretty sharp curveball, a pitch that he's featured quite a bit through three innings, using it to strike out Austin Kearns in the first inning.

End 2nd, Marlins 1-0: The Red Sox go down quietly again in the second, as Nolasco was the beneficiary of a nice sliding stop by Omar Infante to rob David Ortiz of a base hit.

Infante, who is a career .983 fielder at second base, should help give the Marlins a more than sturdy double play combination alongside Jose Reyes up the middle in Miami.

Mid 2nd, Marlins 1-0: It looked like Josh Beckett was in for another rough inning after walking the lead-off man on four pitches. However, he was able to work around that free pass to Matt Dominguez to get the next three batters in order, but not without a scare.

New Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes did get into one, sending a high fly ball into the right-center gap, but it was chased down by Darnell McDonald who put it away with a basket catch.

Beckett looked a little bit better with his fastball command in the second, while mixing in a few offspeed pitches. For what it's worth — and at this point of the year with a veteran, probably not much — Beckett's velocity was up a few mph, hitting as high as 88 mph on the ESPN radar gun.

End 1st, Marlins 1-0: As difficult as life was in the first for Josh Beckett, Ricky Nolasco breezed through the bottom half against the Red Sox.

Nick Punto did lace one to center, but it was right at Bonifacio. Nolasco also got Kevin Youkilis to strike out and induced a lazy flyout from Adrian Gonzalez. 

The Marlins are likely hoping for big things out of Nolasco this season, who has actually been a bit underrated over the course of his career. Along with a (healthy) Josh Johnson and the newly added Mark Buehrle, the Marlins could have something going in the NL East.

Mid 1st, Marlins 1-0: Josh Beckett struggled mightily with his fastball command in the first inning. The big right-hander was only working in the mid-80s, but he still struggled to put the ball where he wanted to.

Beckett walked in a run after loading the bases after a pair of hit batsmen and a poorly placed fastball that turned into an Emilio Bonifacio double to right.

However, he was able to get out of the inning giving up only the one run when he got Terry Tiffee to hit a one-hopper to second. 

12:05 p.m.: Monday's game featuring Terry Francona's previous employer is being carried by his newest employer, ESPN.

However, fans hoping to get some insight from the former Red Sox skipper will be out of luck, as the Worldwide Leader is going with a broadcast team of Karl Ravech, John Kruk and Doug Glanville.

Monday's Grapefruit League matchup will be a preview of a June series in which the Sox will travel to South Beach to take on the Marlins. That means Boston will get its first look at the brand-new Marlins Ballpark.

And if you're at work looking for a way to kill even more time before first pitch, here's a fun gallery (with an actual link this time!) of what that new stadium features. Spoiler alert: There are fish tanks — and a lot of bright colors.

9:55 a.m.: Bobby Valentine has a fair amount of regulars set to start on Monday afternoon including Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz in the middle of the lineup. Here's the rest of the starting nine for Boston.

Nick Punto, 2B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Ryan Sweeney, RF
Cody Ross, LF
Kelly Shoppach, C
Darnell McDonald, CF
Mike Aviles, SS

They'll get set to face Ricky Nolasco who will oppose Josh Beckett on the mound. Following Beckett will be Mark Melancon, Andrew Bailey, Ross Ohlendorf, Scott Atchison and Jesse Carslon.

9:35 a.m.: Here's how the Miami Marlins will start things off on Monday against Josh Beckett.

Jose Reyes, SS
Emilio Bonifacio, CF
Greg Dobbs, 1B
Austin Kearns, RF
Omar Infante, 2B
Chris Coghlan, LF
Aaron Rowand, DH
Matt Dominguez, 3B
Brett Hayes, C

As mentioned earlier, Ricky Nolasco will get the start for the Fish. He'll be followed in some order by Sean West, Tom Koehler, Chad Gaudin and Gary Glover.

7:45 a.m. EST: Jon Lester made his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday afternoon and by all accounts, it was a successful outing for the big left-hander.

On the other hand, Josh Beckett is getting set to make his third "official" appearance and will do so on Monday afternoon against the Miami Marlins at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Beckett has been fairly sharp this spring in his two starts, tossing five scoreless innings and allowing just three hits and a pair of walks. The right-hander will likely increase his workload, too, after throwing 30 pitches in his last start against another spring training inhabitant of Jupiter — the St. Louis Cardinals.

Monday will also mark the Red Sox debut for new closer Andrew Bailey who will return to the mound after a minor lat injury has kept him out of game action until now. Also expected to appear is reliever Mark Melancon.

It will be the Red Sox' first taste of the new-look Marlins, who are hoping an offseason renovation of their stadium, logo, uniforms and roster can change their fortunes in the NL East this season. However, Ozzie Guillen's crew will be a little shorthanded on Monday, as young outfielders Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison are expected to miss the trip. Stanton was hit by a pitch on the wrist on Sunday, and Morrison is continuing to nurse a knee injury. Both Jose Reyes and Omar Infante are expected to make the trip. 

Ricky Nolasco will get the start for the Fish.

Beckett's first pitch is expected to come at 1:35 p.m., but be sure to check back throughout the morning for updates.

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