Wednesday, March 19, 2008

3-19-08: Rockies 10 - Sox 10

This was a typical Spring Training game. It was back and forth, high scoring and ended in a tie. There were heroes and goats. It was the kind of game that draws you into it, but would make you yell at the players if it were played during the season.

Nick Massett got lit up, but the Sox offense showed up early. Alexei Ramirez hit his first home run to lead things off in the bottom of the first. Jim Thome followed suit with his own solo home run two batters later. Everyone on the Sox gave up hits and/or runs except for Matt Thornton.

The good:
Jim Thome's two home runs and 6 RBI.

Brian Anderson and Alexei Ramirez are on fire!

The bad:
Nick Massett's pitching. 6 runs in 3 innings.

Paul Konerko's 0 for 4 day.

The ugly:
Josh Fields being taken out of the game after getting hit by a pitch in his first at-bat.

Toby Hall's ability to not get the runners out.

If one good thing can be taken from this game, it's the fact that the Sox came on strong in the late innings. That was a key to their 2005 season. They struck early and they struck late. They also had a bullpen that could hold the lead. I'm hoping that this style of play returns this season. Without a bullpen and without baserunners, the Sox tend to go station to station waiting for the big home run which rarely comes.

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