Last night the Red Sox bats woke up in the 8th inning and scored 3 insurance runs for John Lackey. Although the bullpen did not need any of these runs to secure Lackey's second win, it was still nice to see them string some hits together.
Last night the bats woke up late in the game giving most of us a chance to exhale a little early for once. Lackey had a great game and made it through seven on 95 pitches. Lackey technically didn't give up a run because the one run that Texas scored was due to an error. Lackey's line for the night was 5 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. While that should always be good enough to get the win, the quiet bats kept the victory in doubt for most of the night.
The offensive star of last night was Jackie Bradley Jr. who went 3 for 4 with 1 run and 2 RBIs. Both of Bradley's RBIs came early in the game when scoring was at a minimum.
Tonight the Red Sox and Rangers have lefties on the mound to start the game. Felix Doubront will be starting for the Red Sox while Martin Perez will be pitching for the Rangers. Doubront won his first game this season but left early in the 6th. It will be interesting to see how Doubront fares against the Rangers as he struggled against them last year. A spring training and early season trend to watch for with Doubront has been his struggle with lefties.
Once again the Red Sox will be facing a pitcher who is not that familiar to them. Hopefully AJ Pierzynski has some insider information for his teammates. In his last start Perez pitched five scoreless innings before giving up 2 runs in the 6th.
Bradley Jr. RF