LOWELL GOES YARD, SETS TREND (2:53, BOT 6, 6-0 SOX)
Mike Lowell is making a loud statement about his readiness for the season despite offseason hip surgery. He blasted a home run to left off of Brandon Lyon, his second home run in as many days. This is first time Lowell played games on back-to-back to days, and it’s a test he’s passing. One batter later, Jason Bay joined Lowell and smacked a home run, too. Chris Carter followed with another home run. Back-to-back-to-back. Carter’s was wind-aided, struck well to the opposite field.
PENNY STILL STRONG (1:44, MID 3, 0-0)
Penny is likely done for the day, having pitched the three innings Terry Francona perscribed before the game. Penny rolled through another 1-2-3 inning, getting two lazy fly balls and a tapper back to him. It’ll be interesting to see what he says and what his velocity was, but Penny certainly seemed awfully sharp.
PENNY DANDY (1:33, END 2, 0-0)
This is probably exactly what the Red Sox hoped for out of Penny. He plowed through a 1-2-3 second, striking out Ryan Raburn, getting a groundout from Marcus Thames, and inducing a fly to right to Wilkin Ramirez. As those names tell you, this isn’t a monster challenge in terms of competition for Penny. But Penny’s fastball is really snapping Dusty Brown’s mitt, and he doesn’t look hesitant at all.
The Red Sox went scoreless desptie an incredible feat — David Ortiz stole second base without a throw off of pitcher Ediwn Jackson. He reached on a single, which Dustin Pedroia tried to score from second base on. He was thrown out at the plate. The Red Sox went down quickly in order in the second.
FIRST FOR PENNY (1:15, MID 1, 0-0)
In his inning of the spring, Brad Penny walked one batter and struck out two, an encouraging start after what has been a slow, frustrating spring. He seemed to let his fastball go without worry or holding back. He even backed Gary Sheffield off of the plate with an inside fastball. (There is no radar gun here at City of Palms Park, so I can’t say what his velocity was.)
Will Rhymes grounded the first pitch Penny threw to second base. Penny struck out Gerald Laird on five pitches. He walked Sheffield on five pitches, then struck out Jeff Larish swinging at a fastball.