Padres 4, Sox 2
Right-hander Lance Lynn was sharp with three strikeouts in the first inning, then he walked the first three Padres hitters he faced in the second. A strikeout and double play kept runs off the board.
A leadoff walk in the third hiked Lynn’s free-pass total to four. He also totaled five strikeouts, but was pulled at 60 pitches (30 strikes) after 3⅔ innings without allowing a run.
“The walks can’t happen, that has to be cleaned up,” Lynn said. “But overall stuff-wise, it’s where it needs to be. The walks will clean themselves up. I liked the shape of the curveball today, got some strikeouts on it.”
Lynn pitched two hitless innings with a walk and three strikeouts against the Giants in his first start. He has eight strikeouts in 4⅔ innings.
The Sox are 1-6-3 in Cactus League games.
Crochet ‘only’ at 98 mph
Left-hander Garrett Crochet pitched a scoreless inning, albeit without the 100 mph-plus velocity he regularly showcased making his major-league debut last September. The 21-year-old touched 98 mph and averaged 95-96.
Crochet didn’t allow a run in five appearances last season and struck out the Athletics batters he faced in Game 3 of the 2020 wild-card series before exiting with a left forearm strain.
Crochet topped out at 99 in his first spring outing Saturday. In that game, he pitched a scoreless inning with no strikeouts against the Reds. He suggested he was holding back a bit this early in camp.
The first roster cuts of camp: Right-handers Danny Dopico, Kade McClure and Emilio Vargas, left-handers Jacob Lindgren, Bennett Sousa and Matt Tomshaw and catcher Carlos Perez were transferred to the minicamp.
Off day Wednesday (the only one of the spring).
Sox at Reds, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Goodyear, Reynaldo Lopez vs. TBA.
Upcoming starters: Friday, Lucas Giolito; Saturday, Jimmy Lambert.