The Boston Red Sox went on a hit parade on Opening Day with a 13-2 beating of the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park Friday night.
It wasn’t the same type of electricity as it would have been if the season started as normal but starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi provided an electricity in the form of a 100-mph fastball on his first pitch of the game that really sparked the tone of the night.
Without Sale or Eduardo Rodriguez or David Price, Eovaldi got the call as the Opening Day starter and played the role quite fine. Behind an offensive explosive, the Red Sox hard-throwing righty controlled the mound with six solid innings, giving up just one run on five hits and striking out four.
But, as good as Nathan Eovaldi was, it was the Red Sox lineup that showed they still had quite a bit of juice despite the loss of Betts, who is enjoying a monster contract extension in Hollywood.
With contributions from everyone in the lineup from J.D. Martinez to Jackie Bradly Jr. to newcomers Jose Peraza and Kevin Pillar, the Boston Red Sox batting order got to Orioles starter Tommy Milone with four runs in the third inning and tattooed Baltimore relievers with another 6 runs in the fourth inning.
“We have a good lineup. Obviously, we lost Mook, which is a big bat,” J.D. Martinez said following the game, via MLB.com. “But if you look at what this lineup is very capable of doing, it can be scary.”
If Game 1 of 60 is any indication of how this season will go for the Boston Red Sox, it will be scary indeed if they find more solid starting pitching. With many players deserving some praise, here are three who really stood out on Opening Day at Fenway Park.