There's something about Opening Day that gets me all giddy. Like most fans in Red Sox Nation, I get excited to finally see what this team can do. After the blunders of last season, there was something of a sour taste left in the mouths of most Sox fans. Now the time has arrived and it came with a bang.
Jon Lester would take the mound for the Red Sox on this day, his opponent would be Justin Verlander and the new look Detroit Tigers.
Like the Sox, the Tigers made a splash in the offseason by acquiring Prince Fielder. Adding to an already dangerous lineup anchored by Miguel Cabrera. Though they most likely lost catcher Victor Martinez for the season with a torn ACL, while he was working out in the offseason.
After an outstanding opening ceremony, with an appearence from Tigers legend Al Kaline; it was time to play ball.
Lester and Verlander dealt like two heavyweight boxers in a prize fight. While Verlander was hitting every spot in the zone, Lester seemed to have a bit of an issue with his change up. Which was erratic. Lester would rely on his other pitches(Mainly his four-seamer and cutter) to get the job done.
Both pitchers would give up zero runs by the time they were finished(Lester 7.0 IP, Verlander 8.0 IP).
First blood would be drawn by the Tigers, when Alex Alvia smacked a double into left scoring Jhonny Peralta in the seventh. They would follow up in the eighth when Prince Feilder hit a sac fly to center, Aaron Jackson would cross the plate.
Down, but not out;in the top of the ninth, David Ortiz would put the Sox on the board with a sac fly of his own. Dustin Pedroia would score. Sox newcomer Ryan Sweeney would put a stamp on his debut by smashing a triple and scoring Darnell McDonald.
In the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, it would be the Tigers who would be victorious; as Aaron Jackson would single to left off of Alfredo Aceves, and score the winning run. The run would be charged to Mark Melancon(Who was charged with the loss).
The Sox did prove to me one thing so far in this early season, they have fight. Something that should be taken into account when the chips are down. There's a healthy sense of optimism. Hopefully it keeps up.