End game, Mets 4, Red Sox 2
This turned into a long game, instead of one that seemed like it might be over in about two hours. The Sox ended up losing after Ramirez gave up the lead in the eighth. Lot of good things today, though, highlighted by Lackey and Beltre.
Top of the eighth, Mets 3, Red Sox 1
Two walks and a three-run homer mean the Sox are on the short end of this game. Ramon Ramirez (the original) gave up the bomb to Fernando Martinez.
Top of the sixth, Red Sox 1, Mets 0
Papelbon had a 1-2-3 inning, one strikeout. He’s out, replaced by Hideki Okajima.
Top of the fifth, Red Sox 1, Mets 0
Jonathan Papelbon has replaced Lackey. Here’s Lackey’s line: 4 innings, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts. He threw only 39 pitches, 28 strikes.
Bottom of the fourth, Red Sox 1, Mets 0
Adrian Beltre is really good defensively. Like, seriously good. He just made a nifty barehanded play on a ball that hit off John Lackey’s ankle and a few feet toward third base. He nabbed it, and caught Alex Cora before he got to first. Out. Lackey had another 1-2-3. By the way, Lackey works quickly and efficiently. He’s going to be great to watch.
Bottom of the third, Red Sox 1, Mets 0
Jeremy Hermida gets the first hit of the day for the Sox, a single to left field. Josh Reddick — who has been prolific this spring — got another hit, this one to right field. Dustin Pedroia, who declined to talk after striking out twice the other day, singled to left, putting the Sox on the board. Reddick managed to get caught in a rundown between second and third, but somehow made it back to second safe under the tag. Nice work, Mets.
Bottom of the second, Red Sox 0, Mets 0
Green jerseys, green bases, green hats — we’re all about St. Patrick’s Day here at City of Palms Park. Really enjoying Dustin Pedroia’s decision to wear his socks up high for today’s game. Fantastic.
As for the actual game, Lackey has gotten through two innings, giving up just two singles. Angel Pagan got the first one, then was erased on a spiffy double play by the new combo of Pedroia and Marco Scutaro. Mike Pelfrey, meanwhile, went 1-2-3 in the first inning.