Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Red Sox romped with 10-1 win Wednesday night. Jacoby Ellsbury (3 runs) and Carl Crawford (2 runs) got on base and Cody Ross (2 HR, 6 RBI) and Adrian Gonzalez (Hr, 4 RBI) provided the oomph.
And while Felix Doubront benefited from the run support, he also ran his record to 10-4.
And, as Jon Couture of the Boston Herald (twitter: @JonCouture) pointed out, Boston is 13-5 in Doubront's starts, while the Red Sox are a combined 13-21 in starts by Josh Beckett and Jon Lester.
Lester would like everyone to know that while he is happy in Boston, in no way is he pleased with his performance. See the excellent article by Gordon Edes of espn.com/boston
And, as Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal (twitter: @brianmacp) points out, Adrian Gonzalez is batting .404 (with a .976 OPS) since June 19, the last day he played right field.
Tonight, the White Sox throw lefty Jose Quintana (4-1, 2.60) at Boston, and Clay Buchholz (8-3, 5.54)
In the minors, Pawtucket shortstop Jose Iglesias (.260) was 2-for-4.
In Portland, the Sea Dogs enjoyed a 12-0 romp. See Today's Story. Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker hit two opposite-field home runs (Nos. 12 and 13). Off to a slow start in April and May, Hazelbaker batted .284 in June and is at .276 in July ... Jackie Bradley Jr. did not get a hit, but scored three runs (after two walks and reaching on an error), and had a RBI (sac fly).
Salem first baseman Travis Shaw (.313) was 3-for-6 with his 15th home run ... Xander Bogaerts (.288) was 3-for-4.Tweet
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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