Sox drop delayed game 4-3


The Sox played well yesterday, but suffered some bad luck in the 8th inning which allowed the Toronto Blue Jays to score all four of their runs. Reid Engel, playing in centerfield, misjudged a fly ball and lost it in the sun; it carried over his head, allowing all three runners to score on what was scored a double for Chip Cannon off of minor league pitcher Barry Hertzler. To be fair, the bases became loaded when Hideki Okajima struggled with his fastball command, walking two men.

With Dice-K sent to the PawSox game, David Aardsma made the start for Boston, going two innings and allowing two hits and a walk. Bryan Corey followed with another two scoreless innings, with some help from the outfield defense and a great relay throw by Julio Lugo to nail Vernon Wells at the plate. It was good to see Manny Delcarmen get back out there and toss an inning scoreless, and Javier Lopez and Jonathan Papelbon also looked good in their outings.

Kevin Youkilis tagged a fastball way over the left field fence in the 3rd, accounting for all three of Boston’s runs. I’m telling you, I’m liking that pull power this year. Another knee high, inside fastball; Youk is really turning on inside stuff since the playoffs.

Jeff Natale went in to pinch run for Big Papi and was promptly picked off of first base. Welcome to the big leagues, baby (sort of). Also of note, Kevin Cash allowed 36-year old slow-as-molasses catcher Sal Fasano to steal second when his throw sailed into centerfield. He immediately caught him off base with a pickoff throw, correcting his mistake. That was pretty funny to see.

In other news, Bartolo Colon was sent to the minor league camp along with Keith Ginter and Joe Thurston. Josh Beckett and Craig Breslow did not join the team on the flight to Japan.

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2 Responses to Sox drop delayed game 4-3

  1. Pat says:

    In more good pitching (from extra bases):

    Lester threw five innings in a “camp game,” not allowing a hit while striking out eight and walking none. He stuck out the final six batters he faced and threw an additional 10 pitches in the bullpen after the outing, bringing his pitch count for the day to 80.

    It didn’t say if he walked any, but the point is he’s throwing strikes. Good to see.

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    For Lester, that’s VERY good to see. Probably the key for him this year. He needs to trust his stuff and let them hit it if they can instead of trying to paint the corners on every pitch.

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