Saturday, March 3, 2012

Homers By Ross, Sweeney, Gonzalez Highlight Slugfest Vs. Northeastern

The Red Sox essentially went crazy on Northeastern University today in their annual double-header against NEU and BC. After scoring twice in the first inning on a timely double by Darnell McDonald, the Sox exploded in the 2nd with a 7-run inning highlighted by a solo home run by Cody Ross and a 3-run shot by Adrian Gonzalez. Through this time, Jon Lester was very strong for the Sox-- allowing just a hit and striking out two through the first couple of innings. After a run in the third inning, the Sox came storming back in the fourth-- scoring 7 more times-- highlighted by a grand slam by Cody Ross and a 2-run shot by light-hitting outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin. Through this, Justin Germano pitched very well for the Sox-- allowing a hit and striking out one through two innings-- also not allowing a run. Two runs in the fifth, on RBI doubles by Max St. Pierre and Will Middlebrooks, plus two more perfect inning by Michael Bowden slates the Sox with a 19-0 lead in the middle of the 6th. The Sox scored six more in the 6th inning and are now up 25-0 after a big inning highlighted by a 3-run homer by Ryan Sweeney. The game was called after the top of the 7th, the Sox still up 25-0. All in all, a very successful day for the Sox-- even against a college team. There were many reasons to hope, such as the power shown by everyone-- but particularly Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney. Everyone pitched very well, with Justin Germano's nice outing a pleasant surprise. I'll be away from home for tonight's game against Boston College, but I should be able to post about it tomorrow morning (hopefully after having watched the game in the MLB.TV archives. 

Bright Spots:
Jon Lester- 2 innings, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts-- not bad
Justin Germano- 2 innings, 1 hit, 1 strikeout-- very pleasant surprise 
Michael Bowden- 2 innings, no hits, 3 strikeouts-- excellent outing for the bullpen candidate
Jose Iglesias- 1-3, 1 run, 1 stolen base
Pedro Ciriaco- 2-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI
Che-Hsuan Lin- 2-2, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 1 home run, 1 walk
Adrian Gonzalez- 1-1, 1 walk, 3 RBIs, 2 runs, 1 home run
Nate Spears- 1-2, 2 runs, 1 walk
Darnell McDonald- 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 1 double
Ryan Sweeney- 4-5, 3 runs, 5 RBIs, 1 home run, 1 double
Cody Ross- 2-3, 2 runs, 5 RBIs, 2 home runs
Will Middlebrooks- 3-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 1 double

Dull Spots:
Northeastern University!

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