Thursday, March 1, 2012
Catchers Show Pop, Sox Fall In 'B' Game
Even by Spring Training standards, today's 'B' game against the Twinswas meaningless-- as it didn't even count towards their Spring Training record. However, it was baseball, and we'll take it. Today's game started out with a bang as Ryan Lavarnway knocked a ball over the left field wall for a homer in the top of the 1st. Starter Alfredo Aceves pitched an inning and allowed a run, Daniel Bard came in next, also allowing run to put the Sox in a 2-1 deficit by the 3rd. Things stayed put in the next few innings, including a nice 1-2-3 4th inning by Clayton Mortensen. However, a 2-run homer by Twins' farmhand Aaron Bates in the 4th gave the Twins a 4-1 lead. The Red Sox scored one in the 5th, but the Twins again scored two. Red Sox' reliever Tony Pena Jr. allowed a 2-run double to DH Brian Dinkleman to put the Twins up 6-2. The Red Sox fought back with a 2-run triple by Nate Spears in the 6th and a solo homer by Dan Butler (right) in the 7th. However, it wasn't enough and the Red Sox fell 6-5 to the Twins. Even though this was a pointless game, it feels so good to be blogging baseball games again!