Sunday, March 13, 2011

Grapefruit League: Florida Marlins vs. Boston Red Sox (Picture Post)

On March 12th, 2011 at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers at 1:05 p.m., I watched my Marlins take on my Red Sox.

This is the starting line up for the game. (The hand is some dad explaining the line up to his kid.)

Adrian Gonzalez's first at bat during his Red Sox debut, which he winded up getting a single off Marlins' pitcher Josh Johnson. He only had one more at bat after which was an sac fly which scored Jacoby Ellsbury.

John Lackey recieved the winning decision after pitching for 4.1 innings allowing 6 hits, 1 run (earned), and struck out 3 Marlins, leaving with an ERA of 1.74.

The starting catcher for the Red Sox, Jarrod Saltalamacchia (such a long name), went 1-for-2; walked in the 1st, struck out swinging in the 3rd, and an RBI single in the 5th off of Marlins' pitcher, Ryan Webb.

Josh Johnson, the Marlins' starting pitcher, left the game with an ERA of 10.00. He pitched for 3.2 innings allowing 9 hits, 5 runs (all earned and 1 was a solo home run), walked 1 batter, and struck 2 batters. Also JJ did not get the pick off of Mike Cameron (#23) and Mike actually winded up stealing 2nd base after this picture.

My favorite MLB player, Kevin Youkilis, didn't do so great during my first Red Sox game. He went 0-for-3; flied out to the short stop in the 1st, grounded out to the pitcher in the 2nd, and flied out to the right fielder in the 4th.

Randy Williams came into relieve Lackey in the 5th inning with 1 out and pitched the entire 6th inning. Williams didn't allow any hits, runs, or walks. He did though strike out 3 batters.

Marlins' starting DH, John Baker, started the game off with an RBI single off Lackey in the 2nd, flied out to right field in the 4th, and flied out to left field in the 7th. John is the only Marlin to get an RBI in the game.

Vinny Rottino and Tim Torres almost collide on a routine infield pop fly.

Matt Fox pitched for the Red Sox in the 8th inning allowing 1 hit and 1 run while walking and striking out 1 batter.

Vinny Rottino in his only at bat, of the game in the 8th, flied out to right field and moved a runner to 3rd.

Osvaldo "Ozzie" Martinez, also, his first and only at bat of the game in the 8th inning made contact but by a fielding error by Red Sox 3rd baseman, Ryan Khoury, got to hold first and bring home Chris Lubanski.

Unpictured Notable Players

Logan Morrison went 1-for-3; struck out in the 1st, doubled in the 3rd, and flied out to left field in the 5th.
John Buck went 1-for-3; singled in the 2nd, flied out in the 3rd, and struck out swinging in the 6th.
Donnie "Bleeping" Murphy went 1-for-3; singled in the 2nd, lined out to 2nd base in the 4th, and struck out swinging in the 6th.
Matt Dominguez, who is fighting for a starting spot with the big league club, went 1-for-3.
Tom Koehler pitched for 2.2 innings allowing only 2 hits, walked a batter, and a strike out.

Red Sox:
Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-3; doubled in the 1st, 2 RBI double in the 2nd, and hit a solo home run in the 4th.
Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-3; RBI single in the 1st, singled in the 2nd, and singled in the 4th.
David Ortiz went 2-for-3; 2 doubles.
J.D. Drew went 0-for-3; grounded out in the 1st, lined out to the short stop in the 3rd, and grounded out in the 5th.
Marco Scutaro went 0-for-2; grounded out in the 2nd and flied out to right field in the 4th.

Random Photos
Dustin Pedrioa calling for the ball to avoid a possible collision with the right fielder.

Logan Morrison watching as the ball sailed in to center field in the 3rd inning, which he was able to get a double out of.

Josh Kroeger attempting to catch a ball drilled by David Ortiz that bounced off the wall.

John Baker and Donnie "Bleeping" Murphy signing autographs after they ran during the game.

Our usher singing "Sweet Caroline" even after it shut off and the game resumed he continued to sing another usher tried to get him to stop. It was great reminded me of a usher we have in Jacksonville.

Vinny Rottino falling while making the catch.

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