Saturday, March 8, 2014
We blogged about Salem first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez Monday morning, saying the 25-year-old may be in Portland soon, because of his age and his production.
He is still hitting. Rodriguez (.397) went 3-for-5 on Monday with his third HR and his 11th double. His OPS is 1.233.
Another standout for Salem is 2010 first-round draft pick Kolbrin Vitek (.345), who was 2-for-5 on Monday. He is playing third base.
In Greenville, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo continues to show that he will be in Salem soon. Ranaudo, a supplemental-round draft pick out of Louisiana State last year, now has a 0.46 ERA after 4 2/3 innings on Monday (3 runs/0 earned runs … the scorer erroneously gave Ranaudo two earned runs after two errors in the inning. It was fixed later).
Ranaudo allowed 2 hits and 1 walk, striking out 8. He now has 23 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings.
Also in Greenville, outfielder Brandon Jacobs (.391) was 3-for-5 with a double. His OPS is 1.152.
Pawtucket was rained out. The Sea Dogs got 10 hits, but only 3 runs, in a 6-3 loss. See the story.
One thing about the story. When the game ended, both Binghamton and Portland had 10 hits. A scoring change was made well after the game (after I left the press box), giving Tim Federowicz another hit.
For the record, both Alex Hassan (.407) and Federowicz (.340) were 2-for-4.
In the majors, the Red Sox and Orioles, two teams going in opposite directions, meet in Baltimore tonight. Boston began the season 2-10 and has since gone 8-1 (10-11). Baltimore began 6-1 and has since gone 2-11 (8-12).
But the Red Sox do have their troubles against lefties, and Baltimore is starting rookie left-hander Zach Britton (3-1, 3.16 ERA). Boston starts Clay Buchholz (1-2, 5.31), who has not gone more than 5 1/3 IP in his last three starts.
Bad day for the Yankees on Monday. They wasted a superb start by A.J. Burnett (8 IP, 3 H, 1 R) in a 2-0 loss. White Sox starter Phil Humber carried a no-hitter into the seventh, before an Alex Rodriguez single broke it up.
Before the game, Phil Hughes stopped his bullpen session because of continued problems with his shoulder. "It's just not the same as before," Hughes is quoted to say on the Yankees website. "It's just dead … nothing really there after the first 10 or so (pitches)."
And, the last I checked, former Sea Dogs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was still on his ridiculous tear. His Triple-A Tuscon game was in the 9th inning, but Rizzo (.432) was already 3-for-5 with his seventh home run. He now has 26 RBI. See the Tuscon Padres website.
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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