Things could not have gone much more perfect for the Boston Red Sox as they roll over the lowly Phillies by a score of 8-0. Going into the season, everyone expected the Red Sox to have one of the best offenses in all of baseball and, for the first game of the season at least, they didn't disappoint. In the first inning, Pedroia launched a Hamels' pitch out of the yard towards left field and the Red Sox did not look back. Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia (again) and Hanley "Manny" Ramirez (twice) also knocked pitches out of the ballpark. Although David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval did not "wow" anyone, Sandoval made a couple good plays at third and Ortiz played a solid first base.
Red Sox fans: just imagine this team if everyone is clicking on full cylinders. Again, damn,
As for Buchholz, one could not really ask for a better start. Through 7 innings, Buchholz allowed 3 hits, 0 earned runs, and struck out 9 batters. Tommy Layne and Junichi Tazawa particularly stuck out to me as having benefited from the off season and look to be in midseason form already.
As for the Phillies, not much went right. The one sure fire starter they have in their rotation gave up 4 home runs and could not get out of the 5th inning. Yikes. Not to take anything away from Buchholz, but that lineup the Phillies rolled out made me want to vomit. Aside from Ryan Howard, there is not one person in that lineup that scares me anymore. (Sorry, Chase Utley)
The Red Sox look to take the series on Wednesday as Rick Porcello makes his Boston debut.
Look out Bronx Bombers, the Boston B-52's are here and they look to stay.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS