For the first time since Game Five of the World Series, the Boston Red Sox have won a baseball game. Sure, it came against college kids, but it’s something. The Red Sox kicked off their inaugural spring training contest by defeating Northeastern 6-0. Bobby Dalbec launched a solo shot for the first hit of the season and Mike Shawaryn,
Boston Red Sox Kick Off Spring Training With 6-0 Victory Over Northeastern
The Red Sox went down quietly in the first inning, as Tzu Wei-Lin, Blake Swihart, and Christian Vazquez all failed to reach base in the first inning. However, after Mike Shawaryn retired Northeastern’s lineup, Bobby Dalbec launched a bomb to straightaway center for the first run of the game. Dalbec has perhaps the best raw power of any player in the Red Sox system, and his development will be one of the biggest storylines to monitor in the Red Sox farm system.
The Red Sox couldn’t do any more damage in the second but managed to add two more runs in the bottom of the third. Left fielder Jagger Rusconi hit a one-run triple in his first at-bat. Lin then proceeded to bring Rusconi home with a ground ball.
Rusconi and Dalbec were far from the only players with run-scoring extra base hits. Tate Matheny doubled in the fourth inning to drive in Bobby Dalbec, and Tyler Dearden added a triple of his own to bring home Joseph Monge.
The Red Sox will take the field tomorrow, but this time against better competition. Boston will host the dreaded rival New York Yankees for the first time all seasons. Officially lineups have not yet been announced, but manager Alex Cora said that several of the major leaguers could make their season debut on Saturday. First pitch is at 1:05 PM.