Thursday, April 17, 2014
Before Thursday's season opener, Portland Sea Dogs manager Kevin Boles told how center fielder Shannon Wilkerson had a very good spring training. Fast player. Aggressive.
In the Sea Dogs' first at-bat of the 2013 season, Wilkerson singled to left center - only it was not a single. Maybe the outfielders thought it was just a routine play and casually approached the ball, but Wilkerson was flying. He didn't stop until he was sliding safely into second base. Double.
Wilkerson's aggressiveness gave Stephen Drew an RBI. On Drew's ground-out to the second-baseman, Wilkerson again hustled, scoring from second base.
So, there were some good signs Thursday night at Hadlock Field. But not many, in Portland's 13-5 loss to Trenton. Particularly disappointing were the five errors. See today's game story.
Drew played five innings at shortstop and then left the game. He will likely play more today, and maybe get in nine by Saturday.
Drake Britton needed 70 pitches for three innings. But he knows he's fortunate to be playing baseball at all. Daniel Bard again showed some good, some bad. See today's notebook.
In Triple-A, it was another clash of Red Sox and Yankees affiliates. Pawtucket and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre were tied 3-3 after nine.
In the 10th, Pawtucket put up five runs. Jeremy Hazelbaker began the rally with a home run. Bryce Brentz and Ryan Lavarnway added RBI doubles. Brentz enjoyed a 3-for-5 night (two doubles).
Alex Wilson got the win with two innings of one-hit relief.
Tonight in Toronto, Boston manager John Farrell makes his return to the city that is not happy with him. Felix Doubront goes against Josh Johnson.
In Portland, Brandon Workman gets the start for the Sea Dogs for a 6 p.m. game at Hadlock Field.
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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