The Boston Red Sox showed signs that they are still the same team that won the 2013 World Series last season in their 4-2 win Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles.
Starting pitcher Felix Doubront put together a good start, battling through a rough first inning, then setting down the next 13 Orioles hitters. Doubront has issues keeping runners of the base-paths, and yesterday was a step in the right direction for the lefty. However, we need to see more consistency from him to think he could be a top-end rotation guy.
Infielder Brock Holt, playing for the injured Will Middlebrooks, tripled in the seventh, scoring Mike Carp from first base to give the Sox the lead that they would never relinquish. Holt is a Major League-ready baseball player, but unfortunately he is on a roster that is filled with talented infielders. Time will tell how Holt fits into the Red Sox plans, but he put on a heck of a performance Saturday.
The bullpen and Big Papi David Ortiz were back to business as usual. Ortiz homered for the third time this season, and looks like he can be getting on a bit of a roll. Koji Uehara picked up his fourth save of the year and Junichi Tazawa was brilliant as usual, getting the W.
I think there needs to be a nickname for the Tazawa-Uehara duo. They are almost automatic when it comes to finishing games, or just keeping the score tied late in games. At the risk of not offending anyone, I won’t post anything today about potential nicknames, but don’t be surprised to see a poll on here with a few, hopefully PC names.