Tuesday, March 11, 2014
In the story following the Red Sox home opening win over Baltimore, I wrote that Boston "out-Orioled the Orioles." The point being that Boston won a close game late.
But the Orioles won it their way for the next two games.
Stat of the day. Record when Lester or Buchholz starts: 4-0. Record when someone else starts: 1-4.
Baltimore came into Fenway at 3-3. Next up is Tampa Bay (4-5), another one of those thorn-in-the-side teams for Boston.
Alex Cobb (1-0) goes for the Rays. He shutout Cleveland over 7 1/3 innings in his first start. (Cobb is a Boston native, but he pitched his high school ball in Florida).
Felix Doubront (0-0, 5.40) starts for Boston.
One nice moment from Thursday's loss was the major league debut of relief pitcher Alex Wilson. Wilson walked his first batter, received some encouragement from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Dustin Pedroia, and then got a double play and a strikeout. See Tim Britton's blog entry in the Providence Journal.
David Ortiz struck out in his first at-bat with Pawtucket, but then got two hits and reportedly ran the bases just fine ... Jose Iglesias homered in his first game since being sent down to Triple-A ... starter Chris Hernandez went 4 2/3 IP: 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K.
Portland starter Brandon Workman pitched an effective six innings: 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K ... Daniel Bard pitched an inning of relief: 2 H, 0 R, 0 R, 1 K (23 pitches/14 strikes) ... Kolbrin Vitek went 4-for-5.
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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