By Art Martone
BOSTON -- The Red Sox' Era of Good Feeling lasted a little less than 24 hours.
Instead of being able to build on their Opening Day win over the Yankees, the Sox on Saturday got yet another horrific performance from their starting pitcher -- Clay Buchholz was the culprit this time -- along with less-than-airtight relief from Felix Doubront and Alfredo Aceves. In addition, they returned to their wasteful ways at the plate (1-for-15 with runners in scoring position).
The result? A 9-4 loss that dropped their record for the season to 1-7.
As bad as the hitting numbers may seem, it was Buchholz who dug the hole. He allowed 11 baserunners (eight hits, three walks) in 3 23 innings, and left the game trailing 5-2.
A two-run double by Dustin Pedroia (one of his three doubles in the game) in the bottom of the fourth cut the Yankee lead to 5-4, but neither Doubront nor Aceves could keep it there. Doubront -- making his first appearance of the season -- gave up a two-run homer to Curtis Granderson in the fifth, and Aceves surrendered solo shots to Robinson Cano in the sixth and Russell Martin in the seventh.
Martin hit two homers for the Yanks, and Cano and Eric Chavez each had three hits.
The horse had long since left the barn, but Tim Wakefield worked two perfect innings at the end, and -- considering Boston's pitching woes so far -- raised questions as to whether or not his role will be enhanced going forward.
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Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.