BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Red Sox beat the Pirates 16-6 Thursday afternoon. It was a game that featured several spring training oddities:
- The Sox sent 10 batters to the plate in second and fourth innings, nine in the ninth and eight in the seventh.
- The Sox had more walks, 15, than hits, 14. They also had 10 strikeouts.
- The Pirates used eight pitchers.
- While wind-blown McKechnie Field, the Pirates’ spring training home, is well known for high-scoring games that feature multiple wind-aided home runs, there were only two home runs in this game, both by the Pirates.
- The Sox were 6-for-20 with runners in scoring position; the Pirates 1-for-1.
- Drew Sutton went 0-for-1 with four walks.
- Center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. continues to impress. He went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, and is now batting .571 this spring. Except for a nice diving stop behind second base by Pirates second baseman Chase d’Arnaud, he could have had a fourth hit.
Manager John Farrell has like what he has seen.
“A lot,” Farrell said. “Against lefties with good stuff, which seems to becoming a recurring theme, I think. As we talk about him on the field, the thing you look at is just the precision to the routes in center field as well. He’s done an excellent job.”
- Jonny Gomes injured his left knee in Wednesday’s game against the Orioles, going up against the wall to make a catch. Gomes required three stitches to his knee, Farrell said.
“So he’s day to day right now,” Farrell said. “But as tough as he is, he mentioned: Gomes 1, the outfield fence, nothing.”