O’s Beat Sox 5-2, Salty Impresses
The Red Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Saturday night. Felix Doubront made his second appearance of the spring and pitched three innings, giving up two runs. Doubront finished the night with five strikeouts, one walk, and allowed four hits. While the Sox lost, there were a few bright spots throughout the game.
Closer Joel Hanrahan had a dominant inning in the fourth, striking out two batters and retiring the side on ten pitches. The outing was an encouraging sign for Hanrahan, who has struggled thus far in his Grapefruit League outings. Hanrahan is one of the better closers in the league and is starting to show why the Red Sox went out and traded for him this winter.
The next couple of days will be both busy and exciting for the closer, as he will leave the team Sunday and head to Boston to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Hanrahan will be back in Fort Myers Thursday of next week.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a good night, picking up two hits and bumping his batting average up to .389. Salty has quietly had a good spring and has shown improved plate discipline, something that was missing last season. With better plate discipline, it’s hopeful that Salty will cut down on the strikeouts and produce more hits in addition to the home runs he generates. If that does indeed happen, he could be primed for a big season.
Andrew Miller continues to be impressive this spring, as he generated a 1,2,3 inning in the sixth, striking out two batters. Miller has been dominant so far in Spring Training and is proving to be an important figure in the Red Sox bullpen.
Centerfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. keeps getting on base and opening up the eyes of Red Sox fans everywhere. Bradley, Jr. had a walk and a single Saturday night. The speedy outfielder is proving that he deserves a chance with the big league club, but without the chance to play every day, he’ll will most likely begin the season in the Minor Leagues.
John Lackey will take the mound Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05pm. The game will be televised on NESN.