Monday, April 21, 2014
Too bad the Sea Dogs were rained out, meaning ace Alex Wilson could not take the mound.
Solid outings were the norm for Red Sox pitchers throughout the organization on Tuesday; although Hideki Okajima had an unfortunate 2011 major league debut. Okajima is shown at right during his spring training time with Pawtucket last month (photo by John Ewing).
John Lackey pitched 6 innings for Boston (4 H, R, BB, 3 K). Too bad the Red Sox offense could not solve Oakland left Brett Anderson.
Okajima relieved and showed that Triple-A success (0.00 ERA) does not always translate to the majors (2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, BB, K). It was a small gamble to bring Okajima back this year. And there is little hope that it will pay off.
Kyle Weiland went 5 innings for Pawtucket (3 H, R, 4 BB, 4 K). In 12 2/3 innings so far, Weiland had 18 strikeouts. But he also has eight walks.
Left-hander Chris Hernandez, the seventh-round draft pick out of the University of Miami last year, had his second straight solid start for Salem (5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). His ERA remains 0.00.
Salem outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker (.379) continues to hit, going 4-for-4 with 2 doubles.
Greenville starter Anthony Ranaudo, considered the best pitching prospect in the Red Sox system, still looks like he should be headed to Salem soon. Ranaudo (0.60) finally gave up an earned run (walk, stolen base, RBI single), but was still dominant (6 IP, 3 H, R, 3 BB, 6 K).
Today at 3:30, Boston sends Clay Buchholz against Oakland and another tough left-hander, Gio Gonzalez (2-0, 0.47).
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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