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Red Sox win marathon game against Yankees

It was just another Red Sox Yankees thriller. The Red Sox finally pulled out the thrilling victory against the hated Yankees in the 19th inning but not after an extremely hard fought game by both teams.

The Red Sox controlled the first half of regulation play. Pablo Sandoval gave the Red Sox their first lead of the ballgame with an RBI single to score Dustin Pedroia in the first inning and Daniel Nava gave the Red Sox a 3-0 advantage in the 6th with a shallow base hit scoring Pablo Sandoval and Mike Napoli. Wade Miley was dominant in his first 5 innings but lost his control in the 6th and the Yankees took advantage, scoring 2 runs in the inning and closing the gap to 1 run. It was still a very quality first start for Miley, who went 5.1 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, while striking out 6 Yankees.

The Red Sox bullpen held it down until they were 1 out away from the win but Chase Headley had other plans and hit a bomb off Edward Mujica to right field to put the game into extra innings. For the next 5 innings, a myriad of baserunners got on base but neither team was able to take advantage.

Things started to get very exciting in the 16th inning. In typical fashion, David Ortiz came up big for the Red Sox and hit a bomb to give the Red Sox the go ahead run. But Mark Teixera had other plans in the bottom half and hit a home run to tie it up once again. In the 18th, the Red Sox got the lead again with a big RBI single from Pablo Sandoval, scoring Dustin Pedroia. But once again, the Red Sox would blow the lead and Carlos Beltran doubled to left to score John Murphy. At that point I was convinced the game would never end.

But the Red Sox young guns came through in the 19th inning. Xander Bogaerts hit a single to right and stole second. Bogaerts was huge in extra innings, getting on base an amazing 5 times. After Hanigan walked, Mookie Betts hit a clutch sacrifice fly to give the Red Sox the lead for good. Finally Steven Wright didn’t give up the lead and the Red Sox prevailed 6-5.

Red Sox take series, defeat Phillies



The Red Sox won their first series of the season by defeating the Phillies 6-2 behind a great first pitching performance by Justin Masterson. Masterson was dominant, lasting 6 innings while only allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, and 2 walks while striking out 7. His performance was very encouraging to Red Sox fans after Masterson had a rough year with the Indians/St. Louis, going 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP, and a 4.50 FIP. Not to mention he went 2-3 at the plate with an RBI single in 3rd.

The Red Sox offense looked completely different from the offensive performance they displayed in the 2nd game of the series, racking up 11 hits and 6 walks. The prime performer was Xander Bogaerts, who after starting out the season 1-7, went 3-4 with 3 RBI, a triple, and a walk.

Hanley Ramirez went 2-5, David Ortiz went 1-2 with two walks, and Shane Victorino went 2-5 with an RBI. The Red Sox bullpen pitched 3 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits and a walk.

Red Sox offense sputters, Sox fall to Phillies 4-2

The Red Sox offense was anemic tonight against Aaron Harang, mustering only 2 hits and a walk against the Phillies right hander. And they only had 3 total hits for the game. The Red Sox were held scoreless by the Phillies until the 8th inning when Bogaerts managed an RBI single against Ken Giles. Giles went on to walk Pablo Sandoval, scoring Hanigan with the bases loaded. Former Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon closer was brought in for the 4 out closing opportunity and faced Hanley Ramirez with 2 outs in the 8th. Hanley hit a bomb to left that seemed to die on it’s way out and was caught for the out to end the inning. If it weren’t for the weather it would have surely been a go ahead grand slam for Ramirez.

Rick Porcello was solid in his first start for the Red Sox after his $82.5 million extension, going 6 innings allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, while striking out 4. The only runs he allowed was on a blast by Jeff Francoeur to left field with two men on base. Besides that he looked very good on the mound, forcing a lot of ground balls. Aaron Harang went 6 1/3 innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk while striking out 8 Red Sox batters.

All in all the offense left a lot to be desired, with Pablo Sandoval being the only standout with a 2-3 game with an RBI and a walk. The Red Sox will face the Phillies tomorrow night in the rubber match where Justin Masterson will face off against Phillies righty David Buchanan.

Red Sox fall to Phillies

The long ball did the Red Sox in as the Philles beat them 11-4. Jordan Danks, Cory Phelps, and Ryan Howard all went deep in the win for the Phillies.

Daniel Nava had a big game for the Sox, going 2-3 with a home run, two runs, and 2 RBI. Swihart put in another good effort for the Red Sox, putting up a line of 2-3 with an RBI. He’s hitting .538 with an OPS of 1.383 in Spring Training so far.

The pitching left a lot to be desired. Justin Masterson got lit up, allowing 6 runs in only 3.1 innings, along with 7 hits and 2 home runs. Wade Miley also got lit up for 4 runs in 3 innings as well.

The Red Sox go up against the Cardinals next.


Red Sox notch another win against Pirates

The Red Sox got another win yesterday, beating the Pirates 5-1 behind top notch pitching. Clay Buchholz started the game for the Sox and went 3 innings, allowing 4 hits, an unearned run, and a walk while striking out 2 Pirates.

One of the Red Sox’s top pitching prospects Eduardo Rodriguez had a very impressive outing, pitching 2.2 innings allowing 3 hits, no runs, while striking out 4.

Shane Victorino had an impressive game, going 1-2 with a walk and an RBI. And stars Big Papi and Pablo Sandoval both went deep in the win. David Ortiz went 1-2 with 3 RBI and a walk while Sandoval 2-3 with the solo home run.

Miguel Celestino closed the game out for the Red Sox with a perfect inning.

Red Sox defeat Yankees in an offensive explosion

In their first game of many against the Yankees this season, the Red Sox bludgeoned the Yankees 10-6. It was an offensive explosion for the Red Sox, who netted 18 hits and 2 walks in the win.

Mookie Betts had a fantastic game, going 3-4 with a double. Sox prospect Bryce Brentz also had a solid game, going 2-5 with 2 runs. It was the game of young players exploding for the Red Sox, to say the least. Garin Cecchini went 2-5 with 3 RBI and Travis Shaw went 2-4 with 2 runs, a home run, and 3 RBI.

Joe Kelly started the game for the Sox, pitching 3 innings allowing 3 hits, two runs, while striking out 4 and walking one. Craig Breslow and Edwin Escobar both threw no run innings.

Alex Rodriguez had his first home run of Spring Training but I doubt you Sox fans out there care too much about that.


Red Sox dominate Rays

In their 7th game of Spring Training the Red Sox beat the Rays 5-1 behind dominant pitching and a solid offensive performance.

Justin Masterson dazzled in his 2nd Spring Training start to say the least. He pitched 3 dominant innings, allowing no hits or walks, while striking out 4 Rays. Koji Uehara followed him with a one hit inning with two strikeouts. Top Red Sox pitching prospect Henry Owens also was dominant in the win, pitching 2 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts.

On the offensive side, the Red Sox were impressive as well. They racked up 9 hits and 4 walks. Hanley Ramirez, Garin Cecchini, and Jackie Bradley Jr. all doubled. Cecchini batted in 2 Red Sox and Bradley Jr. went 2-3 with an RBI.

The Rays were just a mess all around. Their pitching got lit up, their bats were silent, and they were also brutal in the field. They committed 3 errors. Not exactly the start they wanted to Spring Training (they’re 1-4).

Shane Victorino returned to play which was a big plus for the Red Sox, although he went 0-2.

Red Sox defeat Cardinals

The Red Sox defeated the Cardinals 3-0 behind great performances from Wade Miley and Matt Barnes.

Miley went 3 innings, allowing 3 hits, no runs, and two walks while striking out 2 Cardinals. And Matt Barnes closed the game out for the Red Sox, hurling 2 dominant innings allowing only 1 hit while striking out 3. Barnes has been very impressive for the Red Sox so far in Spring Training to say the least.

Mookie Betts went 1-4 with an RBI and Tekotte and Montz drove a run in. Red Sox prospect Devin Marrero turned in an impressive game as well, going 2-3.

Red Sox defeat Mets

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In their fifth game of Spring Training the Red Sox beat the Mets 6-3. It was new Red Sox pitcher Rich Porcello’s first appearance of the 2015 campaign and he did nothing but impress, pitching 3 innings while allowing 4 hits, one unearned run, and striking out 2 Mets in the process. In his 2nd appearance of Spring Training, Brian Johnson pitched 2 innings allowing 3 hits, a run, while striking out 2. He was credited with the win.

Xander Bogaerts continued his Spring Training success, going 2-3 with 4 RBI and a 3 run blast that put the Red Sox ahead 5-2. It was his 2nd home run so far. John Farrell was impressed with his new found plate patience, saying “He’s staying back and hitting balls the other way. Yesterday it was a long fly ball the other way that moved the runner. Today, an RBI single the other way when he was down in the count.” Bogaerts has sky high potential but struggled at times defending the plate last season. His success will be very important to a Red Sox offense that had issues last season.

Keith Couch finished the game for the Red Sox, pitching 2 innings allowing 2 hits, no runs. and struck out 2 Mets. Couch was very impressive pitching for Portland last season, going 8-2 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. It’ll be interesting to see if he ends up in the Red Sox bullpen this season. He’s been in the system a long time and deserves a shot.

Red Sox prevail over Orioles and the Twins


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In both split squad games the Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles and the Minnesota Twins, 7-6 and 4-2 respectively.

Clay Buchholz started against the Twins and was very impressive, allowing no hits in 3 innings with four strikeouts. It’s definitely good to see him put up a good performance after a lackluster 2014 campaign. Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, and Hanley Ramirez all notched 2 hit games. Mookie had a very impressive triple.

There was far more offense in the game against the Orioles. Wright started the game for the Sox, going 2 innings allowing 2 hits, an unearned run, while striking out 2. #1 prospect Blake Swihart had an incredible game, with 3 hits in 4 at bats and one of them being a home run. Another Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz also went deep in the win.