Like most “B” games, todays game against the Twins back at Fort Myers was about as unofficial as a game can get. While the majority of the team traveled today to take on the Blue Jays, a few members of the squad stayed back for a game that started at 10 AM and only lasted eight innings. According to Dan Shaughnessy, who seemed to be the only journalist at the game, Jose Iglesias was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Will Middlebrooks added a two-run double, as did Daniel Nava.
The pitching lines:
Jon Lester: 2.2 innings, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Matt Albers: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Scott Atchison: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Drake Britton: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
“Lester had thrown 34 pitches in the game with two outs in the second inning, so they stopped it there. Then he came back out for the third inning and threw 10 more.”
“That’s what’s good about ‘B’ games, controlling things,” pitching coach Bob McClure said. “He was repeating the same delivery and getting a feel for all his pitches, getting comfortable.”
The following is what Lester had to say about the game:
“There’s 14 people in the stands. It doesn’t matter who’s batting, your adrenaline is still not there,” said Lester “Plus it’s 10 in the morning. We’re usually just getting warmed up out here. You can tell that with them to: their timing is off, they haven’t hit BP today unless they got here at 6 in the morning. It’s a tough setting to play a game, but I think there’s a time and a place for pitchers to do that. Today fit well for me.”
“It’s just a matter of getting that feel,” Lester said. “The changeup is such a feel pitch for me, that if I can get it to where I’m comfortable all the time with it, then it’s good. That’s the biggest thing for me.”
With as many pitchers as there are in camp, it is most likely that there will be more of these “B” games in the future. Bobby V has stressed the importance of seeing all his pitchers pitch, and he believes the best way to do so is through split squad and “B” games.
*Quotes from Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe