"I feel comfortable at the plate," said Ellsbury. "I knew a while ago, coming into spring training, that I was ready to go. It’s no surprise to me. ... It’s nice just to come in, ready to go, ready to play, just worry about getting ready for the season."
Dustin Pedroia also had another successful game, going 3 for 3. The three singles he hit today helped raise his spring training average to .333. In total, the Red Sox had 16 hits against Josh Johnson, the Florida Marlins ace. Good thing for him that these games are meaningless.
John Lackey was the starting/winning pitcher for Boston. He went for 4 1/3 innings, allowing only one run on six hits. He issued no bases on balls, and notched three strikeouts as well. Hopefully he will repeat this type of performance throughout the coming season. The Red Sox really need him to be the pitcher that Theo Epstein thought he was signing.
“Today I pitched more like I would during the season. I incorporated a lot more pitches today as opposed to the first two times, I was pretty fastball-heavy,” said Lackey. “Today was more like a regular season start and I was able to throw some off-speed pitches behind in the count and do some things that I need to do in the season.”
Today’s game was a first for Boston’s 2011 Spring Training, in that the Red Sox featured all but one of their projected starting nine players. Later on in the same interview, John Lackey commented on being a starting pitcher on a team whose clear power is going to be offensive. “We’re deep. We’ve got some really good players hitting in that bottom third of the lineup,” said Lackey. “It’s going to be a fun place to be this year. It’s going to be a situation, I think, (with) the starting pitcher kind of outlasting the other the guy, you might run into several wins.”
Some of those wins should come off the bat of newly acquired Adrian Gonzalez. The new first baseman made his first appearance today for the Red Sox. He should be good to go. It’s all starting to shape up.