Red Sox Top WBC-Bound Team USA, 7-5
Team USA brought its star-studded lineup to Fort Myers for an exhibition tilt against the Red Sox. The Sox have a pretty good line up as well, and put it to good use in a 7-5 win. The game became so one-sided, Team USA threw in the towel, using Red Sox minor-leaguers to finish the game.
Jackie Bradley, Jr., who declined an invitation from Team USA to participate in the World Baseball Classic, got the Red Sox on the board early with a solo home run to right-center in the second inning to make it 1-0. The Sox jumped out to a 7-0 lead in this game.
Marlins all-star Giancarlo Stanton had fans fawning over him during batting practice at JetBlue Park. While he did bring his star power, he didn’t bring his bat as he went 0 for 2 against 24-year-old Red Sox farmhand Jalen Beeks.
It was an odd sight as the innings went on as a sea of Red Sox jerseys would trickle out of the dugout taking position in the lineup for Team USA. By the later innings, it looked more like a Sox inter-squad match-up.
The lone bright spot for Team USA was Josh Harrison of the Pirates. He smacked a 2-run homer in the 9th off a Boston minor-league pitcher and managed to help Team USA make it respectable.
This was the final exhibition for Team USA. The Americans open WBC play Friday in Miami versus Colombia.