Besides the scare of Will Middlebrooks’ wrist injury, the Boston Red Sox are having a very productive Spring Training. Last night followed that trend with a strong outing from some of Boston’s veterans in their 5-2 win of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Red Sox pitcher, John Lester went three innings and had two strikeouts, one walk and no runs allowed.
After the game Lester spoke with MLB.com’s Ian Browne on his performance. Lester said, “I was able to mix in a few other pitches. I threw one, maybe two changeups, a couple of curveballs and a couple of cutters. It was nice to break them all out and get good results.”
Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-2 while driving in two runs and he scored once as well. Newly acquired Mike Napoli looked great as he went 1-for-2, drove in one run and made some excellent defensive stops at first base. This was seen when Pittsburgh’s Darren Ford bunted right in the beginning of the game. Napoli was able to beat Ford to first base to record the out. The Napoli experiment went so far so good as he played catcher for most of his career.
Middlebrooks was given the night off so he could rest his sore wrist, but he is looking to be in the lineup for today’s game as Boston takes on the Minnesota Twins. Plus it looks like David Oritz will be looking to run the bases today as part of his rehab.