FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 22: First baseman Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox takes the throw at first as outfielder Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees is out during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at JetBlue Park on March 22, 2012 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
If not, then the fact that it being spring allows for a tie is.
Facing a 4-0 deficit in the eighth, the Sox grabbed three big ones in the eighth before finally managing to tie it up in the ninth. But with miracle man Pedro Ciriaco only managing to aid the comeback with one big hit instead of two, the and Yankees were left with nothing separating them after nine innings Thursday.
Finally receiving some decent starting pitching from Aaron Cook, who allowed just two in his four innings of work, the Sox were still forced to turn to the pen for five frames with Cook lagging behind the rest of the starting options after his early injury troubles. The results there were less impressive, with Ross Ohlendorf allowing the Yankees to double their lead to 4-0 in the fifth
The Sox' lineup, meanwhile, was decidedly quiet despite featuring almost entirely Opening Day starters. But for David Ortiz and Ryan Sweeney, however, the group would remain without a hit through most of the game. Even when the eighth rolled around, it would be hits from the likes of Jason Repko, Pedro Ciriaco, Nate Spears, and Lars Anderson off of Cory Wade that got the job done.
They would finally make their contributions in the ninth, however. Hits from Ryan Sweeney and Mike Aviles would give the Sox runners at second and third with one out, allowing a rare suicide squeeze to bring in the tying run. With Jason Repko doing his part, however, Pedro Ciriaco would not be able to match him, striking out to leave the game tied at the end of it.
Aaron Cook was solid if unspectacular in four innings of work, which is kind of what Boston needs.
Ryan Sweeney finally came through with the bat.
Dustin Pedroia needed X-Rays after getting plunked. Ah!
The terrible conspiracy of TIEGATE, featuring Bobby Valentine's annoyance at the Yankees for begging out with a tie after nine innings.