Saturday, March 8, 2014
Portland Sea Dogs relief pitcher Pete Ruiz is a joy to talk to, especially if you can get him to do his impersonation of ESPN reporter Tim Kurkjian (see the youtube video, with teammate Brandon Workman interviewing him).
Ruiz is also a developing reliever with a plus curveball. Like everyone else, he was focused on the events in Boston last week. But his interest was personal. His future father-in-law is a member of the SWAT team that was in Watertown last Friday. See Monday's column.
Ruiz pitched in Sunday's game, as the Sea Dogs won their third straight. Starter Drake Britton was not sharp, but did allow only one earned run in 4 2/3 innings: 5 H, 4 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, lowering his ERA to 3.93 ... Michael Almanzar (.328) hit two doubles, upping his slugging evrage to .607 ... Travis Shaw (.308) worked his 15th walk (leading the league) and has a .456 on-base percentage. See the game story.
The Sea Dogs have John Lackey on the mound tonight.
Pawtucket split its doubleheader Sunday. Jeremy Hazlbaker (.298) had three hits ... Chris Hernandez (0-2, 3.86) took the loss in Game 2, going 5 innings: 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K.
Salem right-hander William Cuevas, 22, gave up 8 earned run in his first start. He allowed only 1 in his next start. Start No. 3 on Sunday was better: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K.
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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