By: Greg Keenan
In the first game against an AL east team of 2017, the Red Sox wasted no time establishing their dominance in the division. In an 8-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, the real story of the game would be the dynamite performance by Boston’s Drew Pomeranz. The 2016 all star allowed just one earned run on four hits in six full innings pitched.
When Pomeranz was acquired last year for the number one pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization, Anderson Espinoza, he struggled when he first came to Boston. However, it looks like he’s turned a new page in his career, though it was just one start, he is off to a great beginning in his first full year pitching at Fenway Park. Pomeranz was helped by Red Sox long time second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s defense when he made this play to rob his counterpart Jonathan Schoop, and this play to take away a hit from the speedy Adam Jones. While Boston’s defense was more than solid, Baltimore fell short in that category.
Though there were just two official errors charged to the O’s, there was plenty of times where a play could have been made but they failed to execute. Everything from poor throws, to misjudged sliding catches, to tipping off the end of the glove in the infield, there’s a reason Baltimore is known for their offensive power.
On the offensive side of things, Christian Vazquez, who beat out Blake Swihart for the opening day back-up catcher spot, went 4-4 last night with a double and a triple, and similar to Sandy Leon’s streak last year, has not been an out this season. While it’s already well known that Vazquez is an above average defensive backstop, drawing comparisons to Yadier Molina, he is now showing promise in the batter’s box.
Rookie-of-the-year candidate Andrew Benintendi also had a strong outing filling in for centerfield while Jackie Bradley Jr.’s knee is healing, going 3-5 with an RBI. He’s hitting a cool .250 on the very young season. The Red Sox take on Baltimore again tonight at 7:10 at Fenway Park, where RHP Steven Wright will make the start for Boston. Visit GuyBostonSports.com for more coverage tomorrow.