On Sunday July 12, the Red Sox played the Red Sox yet again so if you missed it here’s some of the things to takeaway from it. Brian Johnson and Kyle Hart started on the mound and they both looked pretty good, especially Johnson.
Johnson pitched three innings (38 pitches, 24 for strikes), didn’t give up a hit while walking just one batter (Bogaerts in the first). He’s a very strong candidate to get the #4 spot in the rotation to start the season since Eduardo Rodriguez still hasn’t reported to camp due to his positive COVID-19 test. He would slot in behind Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez, and Ryan Weber.
Jackie Bradley Jr. went 3-4 at the plate. In his first at-bat, he bunted against the shift for a single and then doubled off the Green Monster in his second at-bat before J.D. Martinez stepped up and hit his second home run of Summer Camp right on to Lansdowne Street off of Kyle Hart.
Brandon Workman came in to pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning in relief for Hart. Workman struggled in his first outing on Thursday, as he gave up a three-run home run to John Andreoli.
As for Sunday’s performance, Workman gave up a Tzu-Wei Lin line drive to Michael Chavis, who made a diving catch, and then the very next pitch he surrendered a line drive single to left field before another liner was hit right at the shortstop. He would strike out Andrew Benintendi on a breaking ball before giving up an RBI single to Bradley Jr. to beat the shift. J.D. Martinez singled on a grounder before Kevin Pillar flew out to end the inning.
Marcus Walden and Ryan Brasier also came in from the bullpen and didn’t give up any runs.
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(Photo: John Tlumacki/Boston Globe)
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