JUPITER, Fla. — Good afternoon from the Sox-Marlins game. Big crowd on hand to see the Sox on their second trip to the east coast of Florida. Fun being back here.
Hang out for updates. The Phillies-Sox game starts at 1:35 p.m. on NESN and WEEI.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 3, Marlins coming up: Iglesias reached on an error. The great Pedro Ciriaco doubled him to third. He's hitting 1.456 this spring, which is mathematically impossible but that's how well he has been hitting.
Ross singled in a run. Ortiz then hit a ball up the first base line. Ciriaco beat the throw. Lavarnway then singled in a run.
Sweeney hit a flare to second that turned into a double play as Ortiz and Lavarnway were caught off their respective bases. Repko then crushed a ball to the gap in right. The ball hopped the fence, otherwise he had an RBI. Anderson then flied to center.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 3, Marlins 0: Doubront allowed a two-out double by Sanchez, a ball that just caught the line. Three groundouts otherwise.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Marlins 1: Pedro Ciriaco, now up to 1.654, singled in the second but that was it. Doubront allowed a home run to dead center by Kearns. Solano singled and Green walked with one out. (Really, you walked Nick Green?). LeBlance, the pitcher, was next. He grounded into a double play.
There's how spring stats are so deceiving. Doubront gets to face a pitcher one or two times today. The sample sizes are so small that a few at-bats can make a difference.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Marlins 1: Internet issues here, hence the lack of updates.
To catch up, Dourbront has retired seven straight and the Red Sox have one hit since the first inning. There, you're caught up.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Marlins 1: LeBlanc has retired 10 in a row. Nice inning for Doubront. After two singles, he got pinch hitter Aaron Rowand to ground into a double play. Then Bonafacio grounded to short, weakly hitting a 94-mph fastball.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Marlins 1: Ortiz, Lavarnway and Sweeney singled to produce a run. Dan Butler scored, as he had run for Big Papi.
Doubront out for the 6th.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Marlins 1: Doubront is finished with a very solid outing as he retired the side in order. His line:
6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. 78 pitches / 53 strikes.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 4, Marlins 1: Scoreless inning for Doug Mathis. The Sox subbed out their starters. Headed for the clubhouse, back later on.
Game over: Red Sox 5, Marlins 1: Sox break a five-game winless streak with a split-squad win. Doubront with the win. The Sox had 10 hits.