Entering Monday afternoon’s home opener against the Baltimore Orioles, the Boston Red Sox had won the past eight straight home-opening games. Dustin Pedroia among others have never lost the first game at Fenway Park during their career.
From the outset, the fans sitting in the sun at Fenway Park were watching a pitching duel, as neither team was able to get any offense going. Clay Buchholz went seven innings with three hits, four walks and eight strikeouts.
Wei-Yin Chen pitched outstanding over the first six innings, allowing four hits and striking out three. However, with one out in the seventh inning, the Orioles starter gave up a towering home run to Daniel Nava. The three-run home run went over the green monster and onto Lansdowne Street, giving the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.
The Red Sox had Nava in the lineup on Monday, because the highly touted prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. had a rough weekend against the Toronto Blue Jays and the move seemed to be the right one. His home run was his second in as many games.
Nava has come up in key spots for the Red Sox in other seasons, but who could forget when he took the first pitch he saw in the major leagues deep for a grand slam. He looks a lot more comfortable in the MLB so far in 2013 than in seasons past.
Buchholz moves to 6-1 with a 2.39 ERA over his past 10 starts against the Orioles. The right hander moves to 2-0 with a 0.67 ERA to start the season, a pitching line the Red Sox are more than happy to see.
These two teams will take tomorrow off, but will be right back at it on Wednesday. The Red Sox will look to continue their hot start to the 2013 season and improve on their 5-2 record.