Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Red Sox said good-bye to April with a loss in Toronto. Might be a little early to talk about magic numbers, but here are the AL East standings:
Red Sox 18-8
Blue Jays 10-17
In Tuesday's loss, David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with his third home run and sixth double. He's batting .500 (18 for 36) ... the surprising Mike Carp (.458) hit his first home run.
Pawtucket lost in 15 innings, with infielder Drew Sutton taking the loss. Jackie Bradley Jr. (.278) was 3-for-5, and Bryce Brentz (.272) hit his fifth home run. It was the third straight game that Bryce has homered ... Starter Rubby De La Rosa is still on a tight pitch count. He threw three scoreless innings (3 H, 5 K).
Before the game, Pawtucket announced that former Sea Dogs infielder Jon Hee had retired. Hee, 27, had played only two games this year.
Portland starter Brandon Workman (4-0, 3.29) threw six perfect innings, in a win over Reading. He gave up two hits, a walk and a run in the seventh, but also got his fifth and sixth strikeout.
Daniel Bard relieved Workman with runners on second and third in the seventh, with two outs. He threw a pitch to the backstop, which bounced right back to catcher Christian Vazquez, who easily tagged the runner trying to come home.
In the eighth, Bard began with a strikeout but then allowed a single and double. And this time a wild pitch scored a run. Bard walked the next batter and then left the game.
Salem third baseman Garin Cecchini (.392) continues his hot start, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and his third home run.
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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