Sox 8, Reds 2
Crocheted leaves with apparent wound
An otherwise good night ended badly when left-hander Garrett Hook left in the eighth inning with an injury. Hook, who hit Sebastian Almonte in the lead, appeared to make a sweeping motion with his left arm after a pitch to the next batter and walked off with the Sox practice staff. There was no immediate word from the Sox on the nature of the injury.
Hook allowed five runs in his previous outing after recording three scoreless appearances to start the spring.
Kopech improves in the first 2 rounds
Making his first start of the spring, right-hander Michael Kopech gave up a homer to Jonathan India on his second pitch and then looked good in two innings of work. Kopech hit Tommy Pham and Brandon Drury looking, hit a batter and gave up the base hit. It hit 98 mph.
“The second pitch I threw this spring and I didn’t throw it with a lot of conviction,” Kopech said. “Major league hitters, it’s gonna happen if you don’t. Accommodated me very quickly. After that I settled in and started throwing stuff with a bit more intensity behind it and felt pretty good.
Kopech, on track for fourth in the rotation, is set to start the Spring Finals Tuesday against the Padres.
Yasmani Grandal and Gavin Sheets hit their first homers of the spring against Reds right-hander Hunter Greene, and Jake Burger hit his second. Luis Robert’s brace against Greene was his fourth extra hit, including two homers, in the past six days. Robert’s four extra-base hits were right center.
Adam Haseley played in left field and singled and took his first steps in a Sox uniform.
On the bridge
Athletics at Sox, Glendale, 3:05 p.m., NBCSCH, 10:00 a.m., Adam Oller (0-0, 1:50 p.m.) vs. Dallas Keuchel (0-0, 9:00 a.m.).