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Two more ejections as Red Sox complete sweep of Orioles

Jul 10, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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Home-plate umpire Marty Foster took control of this one with nearly as much finesse as Wily Mo Pena employs attacking a fastball.

Red Sox right-hander Kyle Weiland was ejected from his first big-league start and Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez was tossed an inning later in the finale of the four-game series in Boston on Sunday.

The Red Sox won the game 8-6 to complete a four-game sweep of the reeling Orioles.

Two days after David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg touched off a brawl, there were three HBPs in this one.  Weiland started it off, hitting Mark Reynolds in the hand with a fastball in the third.  Reynolds stayed in to run, but was removed in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the fourth, Orioles reliever Jeremy Guthrie hit Kevin Youkilis, leading to warnings being issued for the second straight day.  The problem there is that the pitch was a changeup.  Guthrie clearly had no intention of hitting Youkilis, but Foster felt he had to gain control of the situation or some such nonsense.

So, in the fifth, when a Weiland fastball clipped Vladimir Guerrero in the hand, both Weiland and Red Sox manager Terry Francona were tossed.  The Red Sox were up 7-6 at the time, and they were hoping Weiland would get through the inning and become eligible for the win.  Again, there was no intention from Weiland there.

In the sixth, there may well have been some intention.  Mike Gonzalez, who ran a pitch up and in on the Yankees’ Chris Dickerson that left Dickerson with a concussion back in April, threw a fastball behind Ortiz and to the backstop.  It could have slipped, but Gonzalez was the least likely of any Baltimore pitchers, besides maybe Gregg, to get the benefit of the doubt.  He and manager Buck Showalter were tossed immediately.

The dugouts never did get involved in any of the action, and things went smoothly after Gonzalez’s ejection.  The Red Sox added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh that they didn’t need, as the Orioles never scored again after touching up Weiland for six runs in the second.

The Red Sox knocked Mitch Atkins out early, as Marco Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis all homered in the second.   That led to the rare relief appearance for Guthrie.   Guthrie was actually pretty successful in his 3 1/3 innings, allowing just one run, but since it was the go-ahead run, he was tagged with his 12th loss of the season.  The unlucky right-hander is nine games under .500 despite a decent 4.18 ERA.

Alfredo Aceves recorded the win.  He pitched the first three of five consecutive hitless innings for the Red Sox pen.  Daniel Bard worked the eighth, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 20th save.

Boston won for the 10th time in 11 games to finish the first half 55-35.  It’s the AL’s best record, though the Yankees are just one game behind at 53-35.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 10, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Tossing Weiland was doing the Red Sox a favor. He wasn’t pitching very well at all.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:16 AM

      Not sure why the thumbs down. He sucked today.

    • skinsman1 - Jul 11, 2011 at 7:19 AM

      Francois, It was Weiland’s 1st start in the bigs. He was destroyed in the 2nd inning, and had little control. Francona was trying (I think) to give him a chance at a win before he gets sent back to the minors.

  2. zsachse - Jul 10, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    I would think that gonzalez would get the most benefit of the doubt mostly because he is awful and has no idea where the ball is going when it leaves his hand, but there were two outs and nobody plus he threw behind Ortiz so there was clearly intent.

    • randomdigits - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      From Britt Ghiroli
      “Gonzalez said ortiz pitch was about airing frustrations. Didnt deny intent.”

    • boxchain - Jul 10, 2011 at 8:40 PM

      I’ve had to watch Gonzalez pitch too often, I doubt he could locate a pitch behind Ortiz if that’s where he was aiming

  3. baseballisboring - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    woo, new rivalry! the sox yanks rivalry has become so impersonal…

    • mornelithe - Jul 10, 2011 at 10:09 PM

      The most lopsided rivalry in the history of competitive sports heh

      • Ari Collins - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:43 AM

        Not in the last 8 years or so. Been a good back-and-forth.

  4. derpdederpdederp - Jul 11, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Buck and his ball club really showed what theyre made of this weekend. I’ve never seen such a bunch of miserable crybabies calling themselves ballplayers

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