Thursday, April 17, 2014
Boston, Pawtucket and Portland all enjoyed comeback wins Saturday, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia providing the most drama with his 2-run HR in the bottom of the ninth.
Pawtucket featured Daisuke Matsuzaka re-starting his rehab assignment, and looking good: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K ... Junichi Tazawa vultured the win with his worst outing: 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K ... Mark Melancon (0.53) continues to deal: 1 IP & zeroes ... Ryan Lavarnway hit his third home run.
Anthony Ranaudo said he had average stuff, but it was enough for a quality start: 6 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 4 K ... Juan Carlos Linares (.317) went 2-for-4 and had a walk-off RBI double.
Ryan Kalish showed up on Salem roster and jumped right into competition: 2-4 with a HR ... Jackie Bradley (.367/.497 OBP) went 2-for-4 ... Travis Shaw (.342) hit his second home run.
We've talked about the solid year that third baseman Garrin Cecchini is having with Greenville. He went 5-for-6 to up his average to .310.
Here are today's Sox & Dogs lineups:
Boston: Aviles SS, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Gonzalez RF, Saltalamacchia C, Middlebrooks 3B, Nava LF, Pedsednik CF (Buchholz P)
Portland: Hazelbaker LF, Wilkerson CF, Linares RF, Rodriguez 1B, Brentz DH, Butler C, Gibson SS, Gentile 2B, Meneses 3B (Martin P)
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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