Xander Bogaerts goes deep, but Anthony Ranaudo and Chris Capuano hit hard as Red Sox fall to Cardinals
|03.05.14 at 6:37 pm ET|
Between the performances of both Capuano and Ranaudo (who consistently pitched behind in the count), three errors committed by the Sox (one each by Will Middlebrooks, Heiker Meneses and Deven Marrero) along with a passed ball by catcher Christian Vazquez, it was a sloppy performance for the Sox. Manager John Farrell told reporters that his team needs to tighten up its play.
“Tough day. No doubt. Tough day defensively. We’ve got work to do, let’s face it,” Farrell told reporters in Jupiter, Fla. “We’re a week into the game schedule but we’ve got a lot of work to do as a team. It was a tough for Will to defensively but in addition to that it was compounded by pitching behind in the count. And I think overall we’ve got to do a much better job of commanding the strike zone, much better than we have so far. … I think in general, as a staff, what we’ve shown through the first six days of games, we’ve got to pitch better in terms of controlling the count.”
The game featured the Red Sox‘ first umpire replay of the spring, as Cardinals manager Mike Matheny challenged a ruling that the Red Sox had successfully turned an inning-ending double play to conclude the eight. The ruling on the field was upheld.
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