After a 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Sox were back on the diamond on Monday to take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The Red Sox began the game with Brian Johnson on the hill. Johnson was not at his best in his 2.2 innings of work, allowing a two run home run to Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez. He also gave up a run in the top of the third as well, finishing his action for the game. Leadoff batters also reached base in each of his innings of work.
Johnson was replaced by Teddy Stankiewicz, who finished off the third inning only facing one batter. Noe Ramirez took the hill in the fourth recording a strikeout and giving up one hit.
The next three innings featured Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. All three helped stop the bleeding and kept the Sox in the game. Workman, coming off of Tommy John surgery, looked very sharp in his inning of work, striking out two and giving up no hits. Chandler Shepherd took over in the eighth inning, and gave up another home run to Jose Martinez, making it a 5-1 game. In the ninth,Shepherd gave up a two run single to Anthony Garcia taking the score to 7-1. Red Sox spring tra-
ining is still in the adolescent stages, but the pitching has not been great to this point. In the last three games the pitching staff has allowed 21 runs. The Red Sox big name pitchers like Chris Sale, David Price and Craig Kimbrell have yet to see any game action, but should soon make their 2017 debuts.
Tough Time Scoring Runs
At the plate, the Red Sox notched nine hits but had trouble scoring runs. The team stranded five runners in scoring position. This included not capitalizing on a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the first inning. Some players that stuck out were Xander Bogaerts, Mitch Moreland, and Chris Young. Bogaerts had a pair of base hits in today’s game and will look to continue swinging the bat well for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. Chris Young had a single and the only extra base hit for the Sox with a double. John Farrell has previously stated that Andrew Benintendi will be the starting left fielder this upcoming season, but Young will undoubtedly play a crucial role as a fourth outfielder and provide a spark off the bench in 2017.
The first run of the game came from a single by Mitch Moreland in the first inning. The newly acquired first baseman has caught the attention of many Red Sox fans throughout the early stages of spring training by showing both power and situational hitting. He will add another dimension to the Red Sox lineup and help transition Hanley Ramirez to the designated-hitter role by playing first base for the team this year.
The Sox tacked on a second run in the bottom of the ninth when Jordan Procyshen scored Junior Lake on a sacrifice fly, making the final score 7-2. The Sox are now 1-3 in Grapefruit league play and look to improve that number against the New York Yankees.