Today’s game, started by Max Scherzer had a good amount of regulars in it. Starting was the regular outfield, with Betts, Bradley and Benintendi; also featuring Bogaerts and Vazquez as the regulars. Holt played second and Velazquez pitched. Prospects Bobby Dalbec and Josh Ockimey manned 3B and 1B respectively.
The bats were quiet when Scherzer was in the game, being typical Scherzer. Max held the Sox to only one hit through 3 IP with 4 SO, and 3 of them in one masterful inning. Scherzer left the game with a 5-0 lead. The Sox then go on to score 13 runs over the next 3 innings, en route to a 13-5 rout.
The Nationals score the 5 runs on a Matt Adams blast to lead off the 2nd, then Pedro Severino had a 2 RBI double to make it 3-0. In the 3rd, they went single-double-sac fly to make it 5-0.
Mookie grounds out to start the frame, but then rattling off a double by JBJ, single by Bogey, Holt then singles to put the first run on the board, Swihart then had a great moment pumping a single through the left side: making it 5-2.
Swihart had lost his younger brother suddenly who was 21. Swihart after the game said that his brother would have wanted him to put that uniform on and keep playing. That is exactly what Swihart did when he put the Sox’s second run on the board.
In the bottom of the 5th is when the Sox exploded into 8 runs to secure the victory. Benny single, Mookie walked, JBJ RBI-Single, Bogey RBI-Double, BROCK HOLT HOME RUN, Josh Ockimey single, and then a Cole Sturgeon RBI- TRIPLE to leave to score at 10-5 Boston!
There were a slew of changes to the lineup. All the regulars were out by now. The Sox would end up scoring 3 more times in the 6th by a Bryce Brentz double, a walk and another walk, then a single and a groundout.
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JBJ is on fire this spring. Going 3 for 3, he has raised his OPS to a whopping 2.375. The swing change with JD Martinez’s batting instructor is really paying it dividends so far. I cannot wait to see how this translates to the regular season.
Prospect Michael Chavis is fighting for his chance to shine, and he is getting it done. His OPS is 1.800, and he is showing why he belongs on the top of the Red Sox prospect rankings.
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