Thursday, December 5, 2013
Some interesting pitching lines from Saturday. Felix Doubront (6-2, 3.75) remained Boston's most effective starter and he lasted into the seventh inning. Good sign.
Through one out in the second innings, Sea Dogs starter Anthony Ranaudo had allowed three runs on five hits. He retired 11 of the last 13 batters he faced. Still looking for consistency ... Aaron Kurcz (3.10) relieved with two hitless innings (3 K).
In the second game of Portland's doubleheader in Altoona, Jeremy Kehrt got the start (4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K) and Brock Huntzinger (2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K) relieved. But closer Josh Fields could not get the save, allowing a two-run walk-off single in the 7th.
Jeremy Hazelbaker (.241) went 3-for-7 in the two games, with his 5th HR ... Shannon Wilkerson (.333) went 4-for-7 ... Bryce Brentz (.307) was 2-for-6 with his 7th HR.
Pawtucket also split a doubleheader. Biggest news may have been former Cubs standout Mark Prior making a one-inning appearance out of the bullpen in Game 2: 1 BB, 1 K ... Mark Melancon (0.92) got his 9th save (1 IP, 2 H, 1 K).
Darnell McDonald played in both games (3-for-8, two doubles) ... Lars Anderson (.263) went 4-for-7, with his 7th HR ... Alex Hassan (.245) played in one game (2-for-4, 5th HR).
McDonald may be ready to come off the DL soon, but what will the Red Sox do with him? See today's column.
And while you're surfing, check out today's story on the new look for the 2012 MLB draft.
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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