Last night’s Boston Red Sox loss to the Baltimore Orioles wasn’t something to lose too much sleep over since one it is a preseason game and two Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan showed signs of this All-Star form.
For Hanrahan, this was an outing he and the team would love to see on a regular basis. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning and struck out two batters. This is a good sign of improvement since Hanrahan had been scored on in his past outings this Spring Training.
Hanrahan is taking some time away from the team as he flies back to Boston to be with his wife for the birth of his first child. Joel will be back with the team later on in the week.
Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront also showed some promise in last night’s game against Baltimore. Felix did give up two runs off of four hits, but did have five strikeouts in the process. Doubront was having pain in his shoulder earlier this spring, but had a good outing last night.
A few other Red Sox players of note from last night’s game were Andrew Bailey and Mitch Maier. Mitch hit in a run in the second inning for the Red Sox against Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy. In Bundy’s defense, he only gave up that hit and when Maier’s hit drove home a run from Will Middlebrooks it was labeled as an unearned run.
Andrew Bailey, who looks to be a setup man for Boston, pitched a scoreless inning even though he allowed a couple of hits in that inning.