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The Red Sox split up for St. Patrick’s Day, with one squad facing the Rays at JetBlue Park, and one playing against the Pirates in Bradenton, Florida. Both were very slow with the bats, and there is probably a lot more to talk about with pitching implications.
In Fort Myers, David Price was sick and could not make his scheduled start against the Rays, so it was Brian Johnson who took the bump. He had a decent showing, allowing just two runs (one earned run), two walks and two hits in 2.2 innings. The bullpen did not allow one run, but they did walk six batters in their 6.1 innings of work. Some notable names to pitch today were Colten Brewer and Durbin Feltman. Brewer had two scoreless innings, and Feltman struck out his first two batters before loading the bases and being taken out. Blake Swihart was a rare bright spot for the Red Sox offense, as he went 2-for-2, possibly heightening his position in the Boston catcher battle. And thanks to some late life in the eighth inning from Danny Mars and Ryan Fitzgerald, the Red Sox were able grab a 3-2 lead that ended up winning them the game.
There was no late life against the Pirates, nor was there good bullpen performance. The Red Sox started Marcus Walden, who could find a spot in the Major League roster. He went 2.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned), two hits, two walks, and striking out two. The rest of the staff went 5.1 innings, allowing six earned runs, seven hits, and four walks. The only bright spot from the lineup was Sandy Leon, who went 2-for-3, driving in the only run that this particular squad scored. This cluster of bad performance led to an 8-1 loss for the Red Sox.
Also, in the game against the Pirates, Steve Pearce left with some leg discomfort, but it should not be much of a factor.