Friday, February 29, 2008

Clobbering College Teams: Part 2

Red Sox at the plate: Coco Crisp and J.D. Drew doubled in the first inning, sandwiched around an RBI groundout from Alex Cora, who also doubled in a run in the second. Left fielder Chris Carter, acquired in 2007 from Washington in the Wily Mo Pena trade, played the entire game, going 1-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Designated hitter Manny Ramirez walked in both appearances before leaving for a pinch-runner in the third inning. The Red Sox scored 39 runs and worked 27 walks in sweeping the pair of seven-inning games from Boston College and Northeastern.

Northeastern at the plate: It was a productive night for the No. 9 hole as Dave Fisher and Brendan Stokes each singled in their lone plate appearances.

Red Sox on the mound: Right-hander Justin Masterson, a second-round selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, earned the win, allowing one hit and striking out one over two shutout innings. He threw 17 pitches, 12 for strikes.

Northeastern on the mound: Righty Aaron Greenblat was the only Husky pitcher not to allow a run, stranding the bases loaded in the fourth. He pitched a third of an inning while walking one.

So yeah, the rest of the Sox roster showed that they can beat college competition as well. Tomorrow it is on to the Grapefruit league against other Major League clubs. As I have learned that Spring Training games generally have no bearing on how the Sox will do during the season, I doubt I will be writing about them much here, but they do kill the time nicely (and give fans a look at the prospects) during the interminable wait for opening day. Frankly the only other exhibitions games that really interest me are the ones against the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers right before the regular season starts.

Until then,



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