Wakefield, Pedroia can’t overcome Dodgers, 9-6

The Red Sox welcomed the Dodgers and Derek Lowe with a barrage of hits, scoring 5 runs off of him in 2+ innings. They pulled ahead early, only to lose it with some of the secondary relievers late. Pacing the offense were Dustin Pedroia and Sean Casey, with two hits apiece. The lineup exhibited good patience, walking seven times and striking out only five times. They did leave 22 men on base, however.

Tim Wakefield went three scoreless innings in his start, allowing just one hit and fanning three. The man is just going to pitch forever. Reliever David Aardsma, bidding for a bullpen spot, was also impressive, throwing two more scoreless innings. Lee Gronkiewicz surrendered a walk and three hits, including a game-winning grand salami to Jason Repko.

The Sox committed three errors in this one, but they also turned three double plays, so it almost evens out.

Jacoby Ellsbury also notched his first hit of the Spring, a double off of Lowe. Up until now, it’s been exciting with him atop the lineup, but it’s been more heat than light. Let’s hope that changes now that the pressure to get a hit is gone.

Catcher George Kottaras continues to hit, as he singled in the pinch, raising his Spring average to .667.


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