Yesterday afternoon the Red Sox won the series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning 1-0.
This game ends a brutal road trip for the Red Sox that started in Seattle. At 3-8 they sit at fourth in the American League East heading into their home opener.
Still, Sunday’s game definitely had some things to build on. After pitching horrendously for what seems like forever, Hector Velasquez of all people led the way in a shutout of an Arizona team that put up 15 runs against Boston on Friday. After Velasquez exited the game, the Sox bullpen combined for 6 two-hit innings as Ryan Brasier recorded his second save of the year.
Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly did his best to help Arizona sweep the Red Sox going 8 innings while striking out 9. Unfortunately for Kelly, Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland was not going to let a sweep of his team slide. Moreland blasted a shot off of the D-Backs starter in the 7th inning, providing the only offense for either side.
Today the Red Sox have the day off but are prepared to take on the Toronto Blue Jays in their home opener Tuesday afternoon. Ace Chris Sale will be matched up with Jays starter Matt Shoemaker who looks to improve on his 2-0 record.