Not a whole lot of people saw Thursday's game. Or heard it. Or have anything more than circumstantial evidence that it was actually played. That's because the game wasn't broadcast on TV or radio, leaving us with only the most depressing of options: Gameday. And while the photos that are now appearing in the story editor's pool tell me that the Sox were not only playing baseball, but doing so in their traditional green St. Patty's Day uniforms, somehow that just doesn't really do me much good when confronted with this:
Actually, I cheated a bit there: That's the Mets' Scott Hairston. If you don't recognize him, it's probably because the Mets were wearing green hats. Unfortunately, John Lackey's slimming down has continued to the point where he's no longer visible at most angles.
Still, though, Gameday does convey the basics. And here they are:
- The Red Sox won 8-5
- John Lackey only gave up one run in five innings, but it at least seems like he gave up some decent contact if only based on his eight flyouts.
- Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Jed Lowrie were all pretty good on offense (two hits for Crawford and Lowrie, a hit and a third springtime walk for Jacoby Ellsbury), and weren't charged with any errors. Of course, neither was Daniel Nava.
- Jonathan Papelbon is terrifying, and not in a good way. A hit batter, two walks, and two doubles. A 12.60 ERA is pretty good for a closer, right?