Pedro Ciriaco’s 10th inning walk off home run capped off a crazy night of baseball for the Boston Red Sox. Josh Beckett had a shaky first inning but settled down for a quality outing against his former team.
Beckett was all over the place in the first inning as he allowed a single and hit two batters. After the first Beckett found his rhythm and retired the next nine batters he faced as he threw 55 pitches in four innings on three days rest. Manager Bobby Valentine and pitching coach Bob McClure have been having the starters throw on three days rest to build up their arm strength. As the season gets closer and the rotation comes together pitchers will eventually get their normal five days off.
Following Beckett was the Red Sox debut for Andrew Bailey. Bailey looked a little rusty as he gave a run on 3 consecutive hits. He settled down and then retired the next 3 Miami hitters in order. Look for Bailey to bounce back in his next outing.
Ross Ohlendorf also made his Red Sox debut in the game. The right-hander allowed one hit, struck out one and walked one, throwing his fastball, changeup and slider. “I definitely had a lot of adrenaline,” said Ohlendorf, who was held behind other pitchers because of his history of injuries and because he encountered back discomfort at the start of camp. “First time coming out of the bullpen in four years too probably added to it, but also first time you pitch. I get some adrenaline every time. Today was more than a lot of times.”
The game was tied in the tenth when non roster invitee Pedro Ciriaco launched a hanging breaking ball over the monster. Ciriaco is enjoying a great spring and has a team high .545 avg.
- Mike Aviles went 2-for-3 with a double and triple, and is now hitting .368 in 19 plate appearances.
- Ryan Sweeney was replaced in right field with what the Red Sox called a left quad strain. This is a disappointing set back for Sweeney who was hoping to battle for a starting role in fight field.
- Nick Punto, Cody Ross and Kelly Shoppach each had an RBI in the game.
- Miami manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected for the first as the skipper of the Marlins evidently for telling the first base umpire that a fair/foul call was not yet in his jurisdiction because the ball remained in front of the bag. Ozzie seems to already be in mid season form.