End game, Red Sox 6, Nationals 1
The Sox took this one, not that it matters. But the next game does count, and it’s clear that the Sox are eagerly anticipating Opening Day, and their matchup against the Yankees. They’re ready for baseball that makes a difference, and they get that tomorrow night.
Next stop, the regular season.
Top of the 8th, Red Sox 6, Nationals 1
As we were downstairs interviewing Tim Wakefield during the sixth inning (when the Sox scored three more runs), I’m not quite sure how that happened. The most exciting part of that interview, though, was Victor Martinez picking up an accordion across the clubhouse and playing it. Who knew Martinez could play the instrument? Buchholz, who was standing next time, was thoroughly enjoying the performance.
Bottom of the 5th, Red Sox 3, Nationals 0
And there go the rest of the regulars. Victor Martinez and Jacoby Ellsbury are the only ones still in the game. Tim Wakefield was removed for Daisuke Matsuzaka, even though he wasn’t close to his 60-to-65 pitch count. He threw 45 (35 for strikes) and allowed three hits over four innings. He struck out two.
Top of the 5th, Red Sox 3, Nationals 0
The rest of the regulars are beginning to come out. Drew was lifted for pinch runner Josh Reddick in the last inning, and Mike Lowell replaced Youkilis, with Bill Hall coming in for Adrian Beltre.
Bottom of the 3rd, Red Sox 3, Nationals 0
J.D. Drew also went deep for the Sox, hitting a solo home run in the second inning. That gives the Sox a three-run lead. Also, Pedroia is now out of the game, replaced by Tug Hulett. None of the starters are expected to stay long, so I’m sure there will be more substitutions shortly.
Bottom of the 1st, Red Sox 2, Nationals 0
Easy 1-2-3 inning for Wakefield, in which he got three ground balls from Nationals. The Sox are expecting about 60-65 pitches from both him and Daisuke Matsuzaka today.
Top of the 1st, Red Sox 2, Nationals 0
Definitely nice to be back in major league ballparks, and this is a pretty good one. It’s my first trip to Nationals Park, so I’m seeing all of this for the first time. I love the view of the capitol building from the press box, though I’m guessing you’d have to be pretty high up to see it. I do have to say that I’m pretty high up here at the ballpark, making the players resemble ants more than athletes.
So that’s my quick take on Nationals Park. On to the baseball, where Dustin Pedroia hit a one-out double. He then moved to third base on a groundout by Victor Martinez — and came home on Kevin Youkilis’s second home run of the spring. Youkilis took Craig Stammen out to left to get the Sox on the board early.