Aviles is officially our starting shortstop. We still don’t know who will officially be our fourth and fifth starters; in classic Bobby V.-esque fashion, he has heightened the drama by waiting to announce it this morning. There are those who have been predicting all Spring Training who it’s going to be, but I’ve learned my lesson that you can’t really predict much of anything when it comes to Bobby V. So we’ll just have to wait and see.
We lost to the Jays, 6-5, on Sunday. Bard pitched six innings and gave up five runs on six hits while walking three and striking out five. Aviles went three for four with two doubles, and Ellsbury and McDonald both tripled.
We shut out the Phillies on Monday, six-zip. Lester’s seven innings were a thing of beauty. He allowed just two hits and struck out ten. Salty, Sweeney, and Papi all singled, and Pedroia and Ross both homered, Pedroia to the opposite field. Paps experienced for the first time what it’s like to socialize with the team while wearing the opposition’s uniform; he didn’t pitch.
We shut out the Rays on Tuesday, eight-zip. Beckett threw eighty-four pitches in five innings. He walked three and struck out five. Papi doubled, Pedroia tripled, and Ross homered.
We los to the Jays on Thursday, 3-2. Aceves pitched six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits. He walked two and struck out four; fifty-four of his eighty-seven pitches were strikes. Sweeney hit an RBI double, and Papi homered. The winning run was scored by Anthony Gose, who, with the game tied at two in the eighth, reached first on a walk and then stole second, third, and home, all in the same inning. You know what they say: walks will haunt.
We beat the Twins on Friday, 9-7. Bard pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out seven, which was awesome. Ross hit two two-run home runs. Ellsbury fouled a ball off of his right knee in the top of the fifth and left the game in the bottom of the inning but is totally fine.
Yesterday, we tied the Rays at seven. Ross Ohlendorf started. Ciriaco, Nava, and Shoppach each doubled. Ciriaco had a fantastic Spring Training; look for him to be chosen for the final roster spot.
In other news, the B’s beat the Ducks, Bolts, and Isles; we lost to the Caps in a shootout.