The Boston Red Sox opened up Spring Training game play on Saturday afternoon by defeating the Northeastern Huskies 25-0 in the first game of a double header at JetBlue Park. The Boston College Eagles await the Red Sox at 7:05 p.m.
I know this is against a Division II college, but I really liked what I saw from this bunch! Boston got things kicked off in the first inning with a two-out double by Darnell McDonald that brought home Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia, who both reached base with two outs.
The fun continued in bottom of the second inning for Boston as they put up a seven-spot on the scoreboard in the frame. Newcomer Cody Ross got things started for the Red Sox with a home run over the monster in left field. Jacoby Ellsbury's sac fly scored Will Middlebrooks from third. With Jose Iglesisas and Dustin Pedroia on base, Adrian Gonzalez cleared the bases with a three-run shot by Adrian Gonzalez over the monster. With Jarrod Saltalmacchia and McDonald on the base pads, new comer Ryan Sweeney singled them home both home. Phew. When it was all said and done, it was 9-0 Red Sox through two. But wait, there's more!
After a relatively quiet fourth inning for the Sox offense that saw Oscar Tejada single home Jose Iglesias, the pounding resumed in the fifth inning for the Red Sox. A wild pitch by Northeastern led Nate Spears scoring the first run of the inning. Ryan Sweeney reached base so Cody Ross could hit a grand slam over the monster. With one gone, Pedro Ciriaco was brought home by a two-run home run by Che-Hsuan Lin. It's Red Sox nation's version of Linsanity! Red Sox lead, 17-0.
Boston added a pair in the sixth thanks to that guy again, Ryan Sweeney, who scored on a single by Max St. Pierre after doubling. Middlebrooks added the other on an RBI double to center. 19-0, Sox.
The man slaughtering ended in the seventh inning, because that's when the game was designed to end. It could have been a whole lot worse. Boston scored a quick three thanks to Ryan Sweeney's home run, and the offense added three more to make it 25-0. Goodness gracious.
Oh yeah, about Northeastern not scoring any runs.. Jon Lester, who was this afternoon's starter, was nothing less than perfect in his two innings of work. Lester allowed just one hit and struck out three in his two shutout innings. More of the same for Justin Germano and Michael Bowden, as they each had two shutout innings. Germano struck out one batter and allowed one hit while Bowden struck out three and didn't allow a hit at all. Matt Albers ultimately shut the door for the Red Sox in the bottom of the seventh, with a one-two-three ninth inning.
A Quick look at some notable batting totals for today:
- Jose Iglesias (1-3, R, SO)
- Jacoby Ellsbury (0-2, RBI)
- Dustin Pedroia (1-1, 2B, BB, 2 R)
- Adrian Gonzalez (1-1, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R. BB)
- Jarrod Saltalmacchia (1-1, R, BB)
- Darnell McDonald (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB)
- Ryan Sweeney (4-5, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R)
- Cody Ross (2-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R)
- Will Middlebrooks (3-5, RBI, 2 R)
Jose Iglesias played some pretty solid defense over at shortstop today, but struggled against a college level team at the plate. It's early, but I don't think the kid's ready for the full time big league job just yet after today.... All the debate about right field should be a little silenced after today. The expected lefty-righty platoon of Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ross combined to go 6-8 with three dingers and 10 RBI. We knew they could field, but they also proved to us they could hit... Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia appear to have shaken off most of the rust.... Good to see Lester pitch well today, especially after that disastrous September.
The Red Sox have about two hours to spare before they take on the Boston College Eagles at 7:05 p.m. in the second game of the double header. The game will be televised in the Boston area on NESN and will be able to be heard on WEEI.