John Lackey and David Ross both gave strong performances as the Boston Red Sox won Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The 6-2 victory is shadowed by all the reports coming out that state David Ortiz will most likely miss the start of the regular season.
Still Boston has to be pleased with Lackey’s solid back-to-back outings. Boston manager John Farrell felt Lackey had an overall decent outing. Lackey pitched for 3 2/3 innings yesterday with two runs allowed off of four hits. Farrell liked the fact that his pitcher was able to settle down after giving up the two runs. Lackey has in the past let the early scores affect his pitching so this was a welcomed site in the Boston dugout.
Another player that created an impact was David Ross. He hit a home run off of Rays pitcher Matt Moore that drove in three runs in the fourth inning. The Red Sox catcher signed a two year deal with Boston and spent a lot of time this preseason working with the pitching staff to build up chemistry with them. With all the time working with pitchers it took away his concentration on the offensive side and his hitting production took a plunge. So yesterday’s home run was a great way to build up some confidence for Ross.
Right before Ross hit the home run, Farrell came out to the plate to talk with his catcher after he had a check swing. The check swing gave Ross some pain in his wrist, but it seems it wasn’t going to be an issue since he jacked a pitch out of the ball park.
Lastly another highlight for the Red Sox was when pitcher Daniel Bard threw another scoreless inning with one strikeout and one hit. Bard had been focusing on his delivery mechanics this Spring Training which has allowed him to be more consistent on the mound.
The Red Sox seem to be moving in the right direction as the regular season is approaching, the main concern is injuries to key players, like Ortiz. This was one of the major issues that Boston had to deal with last year and hopes not to have this be a reoccurring issue this year.