Well today was the home opener for the Boston Red Sox and they took on the Milwaukee Brewers. There were a number of festivities before the game including appearances by Boston sports alumni and the Ring Ceremony. Players of note in attendance included: Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek, Kevin Millar, Mike Lowell, Tedy Bruschi, Ty Law, Troy Brown, Leon Powe, and Mark Recchi. In addition to these players, Ryan Dempster and Quintin Berry were in attendance to receive their rings, but Stephen Drew was not. There was a moment of silence for the victims of the firefighters who passed on in a recent Boston fire. Also, the family members of victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing were honored, as well as a couple people who lost their legs in the attack. Finally, Mayor Marty Walsh and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino were in attendance, and Marty Walsh threw out the first pitch to David Ortiz. After all of this, the Red Sox were ready to play ball.
Peavy Looks Sharp, Mujica Struggles
Jake Peavy took the hill for the Red Sox today, and despite looking shaky early on in, he had a strong outing overall. After allowing a triple in the first inning, Peavy made it out of the inning alive striking out three batters. In the second inning of the game, Peavy was not so lucky. First off, Jonathan Lucroy took him deep over the Green Monster to lead off the inning. Later on in the inning after allowing a double, walk, and single, Khris Davis scored a run. Other than that one inning, Peavy fared quite well for a line of six innings allowing just a pair of runs on six hits, two walks, while fanning four batters.
Burke Badenhop made his season debut against his former team, and looked sharp to say the least. Over the course of two scoreless innings, he allowed a pair of hits while striking out one which got Boston to the ninth inning.
In the ninth inning, the game was tied at two a piece so the Red Sox brought in Edward Mujica. Mujica struggled mightily giving up four runs while the Brewers batted around the order in the ninth inning. The winning run for the Brewers came on a double to right field by former Boston Red Sox first baseman Lyle Overbay which scored a pair while Overbay reached third base. After letting up two more runs, John Farrell made a pitching change bringing in the tall lefty, Andrew Miller. Needing just one more out, Miller walked a pair so Juan Nieves visited him at the mound. Once the meeting was over, Miller struck out Khris Davis who was the first batter of the inning.
For Red Sox pitching, Mujica was credited with the loss, while Peavy earned a no decision despite the quality start.
Red Sox Quiet at Plate, Manage to Get on Base
Despite only getting five hits as a team, Red Sox hitters reached base a total of 10 times during the game. This is because the Brewers issued five free passes for the Red Sox including a nine and two ten pitch at-bats respectively from Grady Sizemore, and Mike Napoli. The Red Sox opened up the second inning when Mike Napoli battled for a walk over the course of ten pitches. After this, Grady Sizemore singled to right field and because of a throwing error, reached second base, scoring Mike Napoli. Sizemore proceeded to steal third base with Xander Bogaerts batting. Bogaerts then flew out to shallow right, and Sizemore was tagged out at the plate making it a double play. The following inning, Will Middlebrooks went deep over the Green Monster to make it a tie ball game. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Mike Carp doubled to center, and up came Grady Sizemore. After a grueling nine pitch at-bat, Sizemore was on base. Bogaerts then flew out, ending the inning. Later on in the sixth inning came Napoli's second ten pitch walk. Napoli fouled off five straight pitches before getting ball four. Not much else happened for Red Sox batters, which is why they only scored two runs today.
Over the course of four at-bats, Mike Napoli saw 27 pitches, or roughly 17.65% of pitches thrown by the Brewers today. This averages out to be almost seven pitchers per at-bat
Jonny Gomes hit for Mike Carp in the sixth inning today. He struck out twice and is now one for ten on the season along with six strikeouts. Obviously this will change, but he is off to a slow start as of now.
With the appearance of Andrew Miller, every member of the Boston Red Sox bullpen has pitched at least once so far this season.
In just four games, David Ortiz has triple the amount of hits he had in Spring Training with six in 17 at-bats. One of these was for a homerun.
To recap this recap, Boston missed a chance at winning today. A poor showing from Edward Mujica as well as the hitters caused the Red Sox to fall in an interleague game. Tomorrow, the Red Sox should see better results with Clay Buchholz taking the mound for a 7:05 game.
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