Watch: Follow all the action as Red Sox play their first intrasquad scrimmage

Rob Bradford
July 09, 2020 - 2:07 pm
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(With no fans in the stands we are striving to give you a peek into the Red Sox' first intrasquad scrimmage as it unfolds Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park.)

2:01: Nathan Eovaldi throws first pitch of scrimmage with Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting and Jason Varitek umpiring. Bradley Jr. walks. First test of social distancing between first baseman Mitch Moreland and baserunner Bradley Jr.

Verdugo, wearing No. 99, grounds into a 6-4-3 double play with C.J. Chatham playing shortstop and Jose Peraza manning second.

Xander Bogaerts strikes out on an Eovaldi heater to end the inning.

2:06: Chris Mazza will be your other starter.

Marco Hernandez is at third, Bogaerts at short, Jonathan Arauz is the second baseman and Michael Chavis is playing first. Kevin Plawecki is the batterymate with Mazza.

2:10: Your likely leadoff hitter Andrew Benintendi pops out to shortstop. (They were shifting on him.) The home team is also playing without a left fielder.

2:18: The first cringy moment comes when Kevin Plawecki in the forearm with a pitch. He survived and took first base.

J.D. Martinez is hitting for both sides, not swinging the bat in either one of his first two plate appearances. (He struck out looking both times.)

Jonathan Lucroy claims the game's first hit, going the other way for a line-drive single. Kevin Pillar, playing right field, makes an excellent scoop on one hop, firing home to stop Plawecki from scoring. Jonathan Arauz, the Rule 5 pick up, would end the inning after getting blown away with an Eovaldi fastball.

2:34: Mazza is mowing them down. After walking leadoff hitter Christian Vazquez, the righty induced a Tzu-Wei Lin-to-Jonathan Arauz-to-Michael Chavis double play off the bat of Kevin Pillar. Jose Peraza ended the inning with a strikeout.

2:45: The pitchers continue to dominate with Eovaldi cruising through a 1-2-3 inning, finishing off with Alex Verdugo's comebacker.  

2:58: New pitcher Marcus Walden walks John Andreoli -- whose wife is an actress -- but gets his three other hitters, two via strikeouts. The crowd goes wild ...

3:01: Of some note is Jonathan Lucroy playing first base, coming on to make a nice pick of C.J. Chatham's one-hop throw. Lucroy has played in 56 games at first base in the majors, including four with the Cubs last season.

Lucroy may be in line for the player of the game, ripping his second hit of the day into a vacant left field. Because there is no left fielder he was stripped of an RBI, with Mitch Moreland (who doubled off Heath Hembree) being held at third.

3:20: Rafael Devers has arrived ...

3:30: The swing Ron Roenicke was raving about Wednesday was put on display when Jose Peraza lining a single to right. The hit elicited cheering from the stands, where Mitch Moreland and others were watching from their respective suites/locker rooms.

3:37: We have a home run! John Andreoli goes deep off Brandon Workman ...