March 4, 2008 1 Comment
The Red Sox managed just three hits yesterday against the Florida Marlins in a 3-2 loss. I know it wasn’t the regular offense, and it’s still very early, but come on, these are the Marlins, the team that combined makes less than Manny Ramirez. Boston couldn’t get the offense going, despite a leadoff hit batter and five walks issued by starter Andrew Miller.
After controlling the strike zone early this Spring, the Red Sox staff looked like a mess in this one. Kyle Snyder went three scoreless, surrendering two hits and a walk, but then the troubles set in. Dan Kolb walked three and allowed a hit and a run, getting just one out in the fourth. Lee Gronkiewicz ended the threat, but then struggled some in the fifth inning. Craig Breslow walked two in his scheduled inning, and Justin Masterson struggled in his first outing, walking one and allowing four hits in two innings.
In the B game against the Twins, Josh Beckett started off with a shaky 26-pitch first, but settled down to strike out 5 in three innings of work. He has yet to face anything that resembles a Major League lineup. Michael Bowden looked good in two innings of relief.
Bartolo Colon threw a successful 42-pitch bullpen session, and pitching coach John Farrell was positive about the results. The Sox will have him throw again Wednesday, then schedule some BP against live hitters. Colon appears to be headed for a March 15th Spring debut.