Finally! We could watch this game! Today’s game was reminiscent of the 2018 world series with Steve Pearce with 2 home runs. Great to see him getting into his own this quickly. He could be a force off the bench for the Sox this year.
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Durbin Feltman made his ST debut today! He had 2 strikeouts in a scoreless inning. Feltman was the a top pick in this past draft; SoxProspects has him as having a plus plus fastball topping out at 99 and with a plus power slider as its complement. Expect to see him in Boston in the last half of this season.
While we aren’t seeing JD or Pedrioa, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic tweeted that they both got at-bats in minor league games back in Fort Meyers, and JD reports that his back feels normal again and expects to be playing tomorrow.
After an uneventful inning and a half, the bottom of the second proved otherwise: Eddy gave Niko Goodrum a leadoff walk (eek) and that started the Detroit offense. Following the walk there was a double to score Goodrum, a flyout, then another walk setting them up for a big inning. Of course then came the double to put the Tigers up by 3. Eddy did end the inning with his second K, then he went on the strike out the side in the fourth to put up 5 K’s in 3 innings.
To start off the fourth, Benny popped out. After that Devers (who has been ON FIRE) hit another single, and Pearce hit his first home run! Pearce making it 3-2 Tigers. Hernandez started the fifth off with a double, and CJ Chatham drove him in with a nice opposite field hit over the first basemen’s head to tie the game at 3. Rodriguez ended the 5th with another K but check out this diving play that devers made, a nice snag on a weird bounce. Here’s a GIF provided by MLB.tv:
Steve Pearce hit his second HR of the day in the 6th, just clearing Stewart in LF, for the Sox’s first lead of the day: 4-3 Sox. Workman took over in the bottom of the 6th, pitching around an error and past ball which resulted in a runner at 2nd. Getting two strikeouts he preserved the lead.
Gorkys Hernandez lead off the 7th with a walk, then proceeded to steal second AND third, but Tiger’s pitcher Daniel Stumpf stumped the Sox by striking out the next three batters to escape the early jam. Hembree entered the game in the seventh and pitched surprisingly sharp for it being his ST debut. Hitting mid-nineties, and had a strikeout on a nasty slider, its great to see him pitch that well this early.
Bottom of the eighth and Domingo Tapia took the mound. Tapia was sitting 96+, but he really did not pitch his best. After giving up a leadoff double to Beckham, he almost got out of it by popup and a groundout but did not limit the damage. Tapia goes on to walk Cameron Rupp, then Ronny Rodriguez (what a baseball name) sneaks a double just outside of Dalbac’s glove at 3B for Detroit to take the lead.
In the top the ninth the Sox loaded the bases, but could not score. The bottom of the ninth is when Durbin Feltman came in to close it out. Feltman, being drafted just last year in 2018, quickly advanced all the way to AA Portland. Throws hard, good slider, Sox need some extra bullpen help, all the right ingredients for a quick call up to the majors. Feltman started his day off with a ꓘ and his nasty slider got Herold Castro swinging at a pitch in the dirt. Feltman’s and the game ended with Feltman picking off Beckham.
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A tie in baseball! Spring Training can be weird. Cool game: to see Pearce go for two HR, Durbin Feltman making his debut, and a game time of 2:42, anything under 3 hours is considered a success in my book 😜
Stay tuned and I’ll catch ya tomorrow. Talk to you then 🤙🏽
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