The Boston Red Sox bats backed up a nice Steven Wright effort with 12 hits and two home runs.
The Red Sox backed up a strong pitching performance by Steven Wright with 12 hits in topping the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 at Jet Blue Park. Dustin Pedroia had three hits and Jackie Bradley hit his second home run in two days and Xander Bogaerts slammed a two-run shot to provide the run support for Wright.
The first inning was a baseball volley as the teams exchanged runs with Boston coming out ahead. The Phils Odubel Herrera singled and came home on a Maikel Franco double to get the offense started, but the Red Sox quickly bounced back.
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The Red Sox traditionally are a team that hits doubles and Mookie Betts and Pedroia led off the bottom of the frame going back to back against the Phillies 25-year-old right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Eventually, Pedroia came in on a David Ortiz grounder to put Boston up 2-1 and hints of yesterday’s 24 runs and 36 hits were in the wind.
Those hints were terminated by Wright who simply continued a workman like effort the next four innings with a little help from his offensive minded friends.
The last of the fourth after two quick outs Ryan Hanigan singled and up stepped the very hot hitting Bradley who promptly hit spring home run number three and a 4-1 lead.
Bogaerts led off the bottom of the fifth with a Faux Green Monster home run and that was the second of the spring for Xander. Eickhoff settled down and struck out Blake Swihart and Hanley Ramirez for two outs and having Travis Shaw line out to finish off the inning.
Wright was finished after 5.2 innings of bend but do not break pitching. When the need arose Wright was up to the task and allowed only the lone run on seven scattered hits. Luis Ysla replaced Wright to finished off the sixth with a strikeout.
Both teams generally packed it in for any regulars after six innings and it was playing out the baseball string. Robby Scott – heading for Pawtucket – finished off the ninth inning allowing a double and no run.
* Game time temperature was 85 degrees and humid.
* Rick Porcello will get the start tomorrow.
* Ortiz spring slump continues at .188.
* Ramirez was error-free at first.
* Phils frustration with a 0-10 in RISP.
* Wright is now 1-2 for the spring with a 2.66 ERA.
Wright may have cemented the fifth rotation slot with his performance today. Wright allowed four ground ball and five fly ball outs which is about in line with his career GB%. Wright walked two and fanned three in his one run and seven hit performance. Only one passed ball.
Ysla (IP, H, K) has not allowed a run this spring.Rob Wort
(1.1 IP, BB, K) followed Ysla with his own very creditable performance. Wort is a 27-year-old right-hander from Indy ball after several seasons in the Nationals organization. Scott pitched the last inning allowing a hit. No bullpen runs after the debacle of yesterday.
The Red Sox had 12 hits and the offense may not have been a dynamic run producing machine, but that was enough with the strong pitching. Betts,Brock Holt
and Bogaerts each had two hits. Pedroia went 3-3 and his spring average is now .341. Bradley banged a hone run for some breathing room.Deven Marrero
chipped in with a hit in his only at bat. RISP was a disappointing 1-9.