Friday, March 7, 2014
The only run Kevin Millwood allowed Saturday night against Lehigh Valley was a home run by ex-Dog Brandon Moss (his 10th).
Otherwise, Millwood purred along for Pawtucket: 7 2/3 IP 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K. 103 pitches.
Now, what are the Sox going to do with Millwood? He is very good insurance, indeed. But will he be content waiting around in Triple-A?
In the oft-spoken words of Terry Francona, these things have a way of working themselves out.
In the Pawtucket game, Jose Iglesias (.230) went 3-for-4 ... Ryan Lavarnway (.450), after his two-homer game on Friday, was 1-for-4.
The Sea Dogs led 4-0 in the fourth, and 4-3, heading into the seventh. Caleb Clay had already thrown two shutout innings of relief.
The 7th: Out. Double. Out ... then single, single, double, intentional walk and home run. Akron jumped ahead 9-4 with its sixth-run inning. Clay stayed in the game and pitched a scoreless eighth.
It's been that kind of season for Clay (7.98 ERA): some encouraging signs, and some blow-ups.
Starting prospect Stolmy Pimentel had another short outing, although this looked more by design. he faced only 8 batters, going 2 IP 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K.
Salem split a doubleheader. In the 5-3 win, Bryce Brentz (.286) had 4 RBI with a 3-for-4 game, including his third home run ... The Sox lost the second game 2-0. Starter Anthony Ranaudo: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K.
Greenville's Miles Head (.343) had a double, and Brandon Jacobs (.323) was 2-for-2.
Today's Sunday column looks at a couple of picks from the 2009 draft, along with a 2006 pick who is returning to Hadlock.
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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