Well, that ended abruptly. The bad news is the Red Sox were swept by the [redacted] Blue Jays. The good news is that it did not count, the first game included a two-out inning, and the second game lasted only four and a half innings. And just like that, summer camp is over and we now sit and wait for Friday night when the Red Sox start to play real baseball games.
In the meantime, I guess I have to talk about this game. Not only did it only last four and a half innings, not a whole hell of a lot of note happened in those four and a half innings. Let’s see if I can squeeze a semi-real recap out of this one, shall we? Oh, by the way, the score was 2-0 Jays when the game was banged.
Zack Godley was fine, though not God-like
For the second straight night the Red Sox sent one of their underwhelming rotation options to the mound for the start, and for the second straight night they looked... Fine. I think people overstated Weber’s night a little bit on Tuesday and are doing the same with Godley here, but I won’t be a downer right away. His command looked solid, he got some soft contact, he grunted a bunch, and he weirdly got some ugly swings on fastballs away to righties. The Red Sox didn’t push him, sending him out there for only three innings of work, but he didn’t allow a run in that time. In fact, he didn’t even allow a hit, with the only baserunner coming on a walk.
There really wasn’t a whole lot to complain about, and yet I was still underwhelmed. He didn’t really look like a guy I’ll be expecting much out of when he’s on the mound. Now, we’ve seen pitchers with underwhelming stuff succeed over legitimate stretches before (Hector Velázuqez... Hello), and Godley did flash solid command. However, his curveball was a little too inconsistent and if we’re being honest some of his curveballs, most notably one right off the bat to Bo Bichette, should have been hit pretty hard.
Brian Johnson was not as fine
Another competitor for a rotation spot, Johnson, came in after Godley. He wasn’t quite as effective. The big blow against him was a home run off the bat of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. that went over everything in left field. On the one hand, Guerrero can take anyone deep. On the other hand, it was a truly, truly terrible pitch. Besides that, Johnson gave up a couple of hard-contact outs in that first inning of work as well. In the fifth he didn’t give up a run, though he did issue a walk.
The offense took some at bats
Offensively, there really wasn’t anything going on for the Red Sox. They had a couple of singles in the game, one from Xander Bogaerts and one from Kevin Pillar. Speaking of Pillar, he made a nice running grab in right field early in the game. Elsewhere in the field, Mitch Moreland made a couple of very nice plays at first base.
And, well, that’s all I got.