By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Boston Red Sox are hot right now. Sadly, these games still do not count and as a somewhat pessimistic Sox fan, I'm worried they are playing too well right now and will start the actual season in a lull. Regardless, they beat the Cubs tonight at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers by a score of 4-2.
After both offenses threatened in the first to no avail, they broke through in the second. Kyle Schwarber started the Cubs off with a single and Victor Caratini copied him in the next at-bat. With runners on the corners, Jason Heyward grounded out to Xander Bogaerts to drive in a run and move Caratini to third. Javy Baez tagged Rick Porcello for an RBI double before the righty got the next two outs to escape. In the bottom half, Rafael Devers walked and stole second with one out. Devers moved to third on a Brock Holt groundout and then raced home when the catcher, Caratini, overthrew Darvish on the mound.
Devers was trying to make a hustle play, but it was a dumb move. He slid in head first as the throw came back to Caratini and the two collided at the plate. Devers did score the run, but he had to exit the game after what looked like an awkward injury. The Red Sox later announced that the third baseman was day-to-day with a right knee contusion. Alex Cora said that Devers will not play before Thursday, but should be good to go for Opening Day. That's another dodged bullet for the Sox on the injury front.
Boston came back with another run in the third when Mitch Moreland drove in Mookie Betts from third on a fielder's choice. They added two more in the seventh off of Carl Edwards Jr. as well. Edwards walked Brock Holt to lead off the frame and then gave up a single to Sandy Leon and another walk to Cole Sturgeon. After JD Martinez grounded into a fielder's choice that saw Holt cut down at home, prospect Josh Ockimey singled to bring in Leon. Ivan De Jesus Jr. added an RBI single as well and the Sox had a 4-2 lead that they would hang on to.
The final line for Sox starter Rick Porcello was five innings, seven hits, two runs and three strikeouts. The Cubs shiny new toy, Yu Darvish, went three innings while allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk. Neither of these aces factored into the decision. Instead, it was Heath Hembree who got the win for Boston and Edwards who took the loss for Chicago. Ryan Brasier picked up another save for the Sox who are now 21-9 this spring. The two teams will meet again tomorrow for a 1:00 pm first pitch. Tune in on MyFM!