Game over: Red Sox 16, Pirates 6: What a mess of a game. The Sox had 14 hits and drew 15 walks.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 12, Pirates 5: Jackie Bradley is 3 for 5 and is hitting .571 for the spring. The Sox have nine hits and have drawn 15 walks.
Headed back to the clubhouse. Back with more later.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 10, Pirates 5: Chris Hernandez allowed a two-run homer by Felix Pie in the fifth inning.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 10, Pirates 3: Chris Carpenter followed Lackey with two scoreless innings. Off to the clubhouse, back later.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 10, Pirates 3: Red Sox sent 10 batters to the plate fourth inning and scored five runs on five walks and two hits. The Sox have drawn 10 walks in the game.
Iglesias had a two-run single in the inning. Overway also drew another walk with the bases loaded, his second of the day.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 5, Pirates 3: Bradey (he’s 6 of 11) and Holt singled off Jonathan Sanchez before Lavarnway walked. Sweeney lined to short but Harrison threw the ball into the stands trying to double off Lavarnway and two runs scored.
Sutton and Ross and Overway walked to force in a run. Linares then singled to drive in another.
Top of the 3rd: Pirates 3, Red Sox 1: After two groundball singles into left, Lackey allowed a three-run homer to left by Jared Goedert, a minor league free agent. He finished out the inning but it took 35 pitches.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Pirates 0: Sweeney singled before Sutton walked. With one out, former Buc Lyle Overbay grounded to second. d’Arnaud flipped to Josh Harrison for one out but the shortstop’s ill-advised throw went wild as Sweeney scored.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Pirates 0: Jackie Bradley was robbed by second baseman second baseman Chase d’Arnaud. Taillon then fanned Holt (curveball) and Lavarnway (high fastball).
Lackey hit Jose Tabata. David Ross then gunned him down stealing second. The throw beat him by two feet. Lackey then fanned Snider swinging.
Now that Lackey’s elbow is fixed, he works fast again. Teammates love that.
Pre-game: Welcome to historic McKechnie Field in Bradenton. The charming little park was built in 1914 and has been renovated several times, most recently with an outfield boardwalk and new seats in left. It’s a gem.
Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Roberto Clemente all played here over the years as did many other greats.
John Lackey faces prime-time Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon today. Taillon is a former No. 2 overall pick (2010) with great stuff.