Salty, what were you thinking?
It only took us 4 games this year. Tonight the Red Sox prevailed 4-2 against the Toronto Blue Jays to earn their first win of the season. Once again the Red Sox scored late runs to take the lead, but this time the bullpen actually held on.
The Red Sox comeback in the top of the 9th is almost assured to outshine Doubront’s quality start, but we can’t forget what Doubront provided the Red Sox tonight. Although he had trouble finishing off the hitters, he still had a quality performance, going 5 innings while allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, and 3 walks. It has to be said that the two runs he allowed were thanks to a terrible call by the home plate umpire. If you watch the replay again it looks as if he is out, though it wouldn’t have even been a question if Salty wasn’t stupidly pointing at second. He struck out 6 Blue Jays batters and held even more to 0-2 counts, unfortunately he couldn’t finish some of them off. I know it’s only one start, but it’s encouraging to see Doubront do well in his first start of the season. The Red Sox need him to be a quality starter badly, and he lessened their worries today.
The Red Sox were held scoreless until Dustin Pedroia hit a laser to right to give the Red Sox their first run. After 3 Mariano esque innings from Scott Atchison, Pedroia got things started in the ninth with a laser to left to give the Red Sox a man in scoring position with no outs. After a passed ball to move Pedey over to third, AGon hit a sac fly to left to tie things up. After two straight walks by David Ortiz and Cody Ross, Ryan Sweeney hit a single to right that scored Darnell McDonald who was inserted as a pinch runner after Ross walked. Another wild pitch scored Ross from third and the Red Sox took a 4-2 lead. Aceves came into the game to close things out, and he finally got an ERA and his first save of the season. Aceves retired the side in order to give the Red Sox their first win in 2012.