The Red Sox won 4-2 over the Oakland Athletics to open their weekend series. Miley had only given up 1 hit by the end of the 4th inning. But the Red Sox scored first, and early on Kazmir. Right off the bat in the bottom of the 1st, Pedroia singled and Brock Holt doubled sending Dustin Pedroia to third, and he scored on an error by Ben Zobrist. 1-0 Red Sox. This was only the start of great games for both players.
The Sox struck a second time in the third. Castillo and Pedroia had first and second, each getting base hits. Then Brock Holt grounded into fielder’s choice and Pedroia was out. 1st and 3rd, 1 down. Then Hanley Ramirez hit a sac fly to score Castillo. 2-0 Sox! In the 4th, Bogaerts singled and Mookie Betts reached on a bunt single. Bogaerts scored on a throwing error by Brett Lawrie. Then Blake Swigart grounded into a double play and then De Aza singled. Man on 1st. But nobody drove De Aza in and the score remained at 3-0.
The A’s struck in the top of the 5th though, and Miley suddenly had his first earned run. Brett Lawrie singled, and Phegley sent him to third on another single. Then Canha hit another base hit, and Lawrie scored. 3-1 Sox. But the Sox didn’t worry about that. They struck in the bottom of that same inning. Similar to the 1st inning, except this time, Pedroia got the double first, then Brock Holt singled to send him home. Then after a home run by Brett Lawrie to make it 4-2, there weren’t many hits, and one was hit by the pitch.
But there was some history at the end of the game. Pat Venditte, a switch handed pitcher came in. H effaced Blake Swihart, a switch hitter. He had to discuss what side to pitch from. He pitched righty, causing Swihart to hit lefty. It was smart because righties can hit over the green monster. The Red Sox were able to pull of the 4-2 win vs the A’s. Read my post on today’s 4:00 game coming tonight.