SCORE: Red Sox 5, Cardinals 3
BREAKDOWN: The Red Sox bounced out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a Pedro Ciriaco RBI single after Mauro Gomez led off the inning with a single. A double-play grounder by Jose Iglesias got the second run in. Leading 2-1 in the sixth, Mark Hamilton forced in a third run with a bases loaded walk followed by a Ciriaco sacrifice fly. The Cardinals got two off Andrew Bailey in the sixth making it a 4-3 game. The Sox added one more on a JC Linares single scoring Jonathan Diaz who was hit with a pitch and stole second base.
THUMBS UP: Lefthander Jon Lester pitched two scoreless, hitless innings and struck out one. He threw 24 pitches. Rubby De La Rosa, the young righty obtained in the August 25th mega deal with the Dodgers, hit 100 mph on the radar gun in the ninth inning in his second spring training appearance throwing six pitches, all for strikes. Daniel Nava stroked two hits, one a righthanded double while Mauro Gomez and Pedro Ciriaco also had two hits apiece.
THUMBS DOWN: Andrew Bailey surrendered two runs on three hits in the sixth inning. John Farrell said that Bailey’s thought process is ahead of his execution at this point, but liked the way Bailey threw the ball. Jose Iglesias went 0-for-3 and knocked into a double-play.
MEDICAL REPORT: Mike Napoli ran the bases for the first time in Fort Myers. Will likely appear in a game by the end of the week. Craig Breslow’s shoulder symptoms subsiding but not ready to get on a throwing program.
AROUND THE BASES: Pedro Ciriaco remains Boston’s depth at third base, which John Farrell identified as the thinnest depth wise. Ciriaco started at third and had two hits….Farrell will be with the team in Dunedin and will spend the day against his former team. He said he’s going to watch prospects Steven Wright and Allen Webster pitch and for no other reason…Farrell said Lester’s first outing was “a good starting point. Looked sharper in the second inning (six pitches).”….Farrell was impressed with Daniel Nava’s at-bats especially a double hit righthanded. Nava struggled vs. righties last season…
NEXT GAME: Split-squad: Monday vs. Rays in Port Carlotte and Jays in Dunedin. Alfredo Aceves vs. Alex Cobb in Port Charlotte and Steven Wright vs. R.A. Dickey in Dunedin.