IN A TIGHT AFFAIR, THE SOX PULL AWAY FROM THE JAYS IN THE FOURTH INNING TO EARN THE OPENING DAY WIN AT CHRISTIE PITS
Game Post edited with a file from Richard Park and Michael Goldsmith
Beneath the incandescent lights illuminating the diamond on a warm and humid night, the Red Sox prevailed 6-1 over the Jays in four innings of Mosquito Division action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
Here is a Red Sox recap of the proceedings:
- It was a beautiful evening for baseball and everyone on both the Jays and Red Sox were excited to start the Mosquito Division regular season.
- Red Sox starter Noah (8) mowed down the Jays batting order in the top of the first on ten pitches (a record that Noah says he will try and better the next time).
- However, the Jays fired right back in the bottom half of the first to keep the inning scoreless.
- Despite giving up an unearned run in the top of the second, Red Sox reliever Anthony (2) chalked up three strikeouts versus the Jays.
- Trailing 1-0, the Red Sox were fired up and stormed back with two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead.
- Red Sox reliever Daniel (5) made his regular season pitching debut in the top of the third. After walking the first batter, Daniel found the groove and settled down to strike out the next Jays batter. Subsequently, with a Jays baserunner on second, Daniel caught a short pop-fly and deftly tossed the ball to Adam (1) covering second to complete the inning ending double-play.
- The Jays bullpen kept their team in the game with a scoreless bottom half of the third.
- With a nervous crowd of Red Sox parents looking on, reliever Sasha (X), pitched a scoreless top of the fourth with a three K effort to preserve the ever so slender one run lead.
- In the bottom of the fourth, the Red Sox tacked on four insurance runs to salt the victory away. The offensive highlight: After Noah led off the frame with a solid single that he stretched into a double, Sasha followed suit by crushing a long RBI double.