Considering the Red Sox started the 2011 season 0-6 and the 2012 season 0-3, a 2-1 record after the first series of the year—against the Yankees, no less—is a real accomplishment. So I’m not horribly disappointed by last night’s 4-2 loss in the Bronx. But I’m not happy about it either… they lost to a guy who’s almost my age, for crying out loud.
Only a couple of highlights on the Sox side of things. Will Middlebrooks broke his 0-for-8 start with two hits, driving in one of their two runs. And let’s talk about the #9 batter, one Jose Iglesias, who, after three games, leads the team with a .583 average. Jose’s been all about the small ball which might be what saves him from a career of being deemed a one-trick pony.
Newcomer Ryan Dempster got the start against veteran (and old man) Andy Pettitte. He pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks. But he struck out eight. Ok…not bad. I can work with this. I mean that’s not completely sucky. Pettitte, on the other hand, was impressive, holding this offense to just one run on eight hits.
And don’t start erecting that statue of Jackie Bradley Jr. just yet. The rookie did have one hit—an RBI double in the seventh, but he also came up with two outs in the top of the ninth as the tying run and his patience was his downfall. Facing Mariano Rivera, he wasn’t about to get the benefit of a close call and was called out on strikes to end the game. Live and learn, kid. Live and learn.
Next up on the schedule, John Farrell’s former team, the Blue Jays. Felix Doubront takes the hill against Josh Johnson. Last year, the Sox and Jays really battled it out for last place right to the bitter end. The Sox won (or lost, depending how you look at it.)
Click on over to here for the uninspiring box score, courtesy of the Red Sox.