What was considered to be a much anticipated match-up, turned out to be not much of a contest at all. In the second game of the 2013 season, Clay Buchholz took the mound for the Red Sox, while established veteran Hiroki Kuroda started for the Yankees.
In the first inning, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined a timely two-out single to right field, putting the Red Sox on top quickly. In the 2nd inning, the wheels started to come off for Kuroda, hitting both Jackie Bradley Jr. and Daniel Nava with pitches (Nava HBP scored Bradley). Kuroda was then lifted from the game due to a finger injury, which was a result of earlier attempting to field a Shane Victorino line drive with his bare hand.
From that point on, it was all Red Sox. This turned into a Don and Jerry giggle fest pretty quickly, which is always a great sign for the Red Sox...unless it's September of a 69-win season. Even lucious sideline reporter Jenny Dell chimed in on the tee-hees, joking about jogging in place due to the freezing cold. Meanwhile, every man's imagination ran wild at that thought.
The most notable item of the night was Bradley Jr. recording his first major league hit with an RBI grounder into center field scoring Victorino from second. At the time it provide major insurance for the Sox, pushing the score 4-0.
Additionally, Clay Buchholz's outing was encouring. Except for a few pitches, most notably a pitch he left up and in to Chris Stewart that went to the warning track, Buchholz had decent command. His final line: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K on 94 pitches. Not exactly an Ace line, but hey...first outing of the season for Buch.
Quick note: Will Middlebrooks looks like the real deal. He made a phenomenal play in the 1st-inning on a tough bunt bid by Yankees' lead-off hitter Brett Gardner, barley gunning him out. But my word...what a play! Also he showed some nice opposite-field power, even though it went for an out.
Alfredo Aceves made things interesting in the bottom of the 8th-inning, allowing a three-run HR to Vernon Wells, making it 7-4. But Sox new closer Joel Hanrahan closed things up in the 9th, earning his first save of the season.
The Sox had this game in the bag early, but regardless showed some encouraging, key two-out hits. The Red Sox will try to complete the sweep of the Yankees tomorrow at 7:05pm, as Ryan Dempster makes his debut versus the always tricky Andy Pettitte.