5:01 p.m., Game end, Red Sox 8, Mets 2
There wasn’t much to say about this one, other than the Sox were glad that they got all of the innings in, and that Lackey pitched well. Or as Francona said, “Fastball down, good movement. Efficient.” Junichi Tazawa also looked particularly good, especially with his breaking ball. Francona said that Tazawa looks stronger, and like he has more confidence this season after coming in last year for the first time.
3:31 p.m., Bottom of the sixth, Red Sox 5, Mets 0
Victor Martinez’s assessment of his first time catching John Lackey: “Man, it was a great day today. It was a lot of fun. He really looked, on the mound, effortless. He wasn’t really trying to overthrow any pitch. Man, he has the two-seamer working pretty good today. The ball was kind of heavy on the hitters.”
2:12 p.m., End of the fourth, Red Sox 3, Mets 0
As expected, we’ve hit rain. The tarp is being put on the field, and we’re in a delay. I also forgot to mention the most notable happening of the day, which was that Jason Bay got a mix of boos and cheers when he appeared. Weird. This crowd can’t decide who it likes and who it doesn’t, with some mixed Sox/Mets emotions. But Bay should never get boos.
2:06 p.m., Bottom of the fourth, Red Sox 3, Mets 0
The great defense shows! Marco Scutaro just nabbed a liner in the air with a huge jump to get the first out of the fourth inning. Meanwhile, John Lackey is done for the day, having thrown just 30 pitches (17 strikes) in his three innings. It was so little, in fact, that he’s out throwing more in the bullpen. He allowed three hits, and no runs.
1:52 p.m., Bottom of the third, Red Sox 3, Mets 0
And so it starts. The Mets just stole a base, with Angel Pagan taking second on John Lackey. The Sox have been working on preventing stolen bases this spring training, given how bad they were at it last season. In this case it didn’t ultimately matter, with Luis Castillo grounding out to end the inning with no damage done.
1:31 p.m., Top of the second, Red Sox 3, Mets 0
John Lackey had an easy inning, going 1-2-3 on the Mets, but Mike Pelfrey wasn’t so lucky (or good). In the first inning, the Sox scored three runs, their first three batters loading the bases on a double, walk, and single. David Ortiz struck out, but J.D. Drew drove home one with a single to left, Mike Cameron hit a sacrifice fly, and Jeremy Hermida added another RBI single. Drew was caught moving from first-to-third, though, so that was all for the Sox.