Friday, December 13, 2013
"Son, why don't you let your sister have the remote, and go to bed," I told Aidan after the Boston Bruins trailed 4-1 in the third period Monday night. He stayed. I went to bed.
Woke up this morning to a note: "Glad I watched the whole game!"
So the Bruins won. It brought me back to 2004 when the Red Sox trailed the Yankees 3 games to zero in the American League Championship Series.
Got to love comeback stories.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are hoping to rebound from their 2-8 slump in their last 10 games. They play the Rays in St. Petersburg tonight. Tom Caron is hoping the Sox bring their "good bats" with them.
The Red Sox did not play Monday, but the Yankees did, splitting a doubleheader with Cleveland. New York lost the first game 1-0, striking out nine times. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two Cleveland pitchers have ever shutout the Yankees 1-0 with nine or more strikeouts: Bob Feller in 1946 and Justin Masterson on Monday.
Masterson, the former Sea Dogs starter, threw a four-hitter over nine innings. He is now 6-2 with a 3.14 ERA.
Pawtucket lost 6-1 to Charlotte. Franklin Morales pitched three innings in a rehab appearance: 2 H (one of them a home run), 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K ... Bryce Brentz (.268) was 2-for-4.
Zach Stewart was the winning pitcher for Charlotte. Stewart was the pitcher obtained by the Red Sox last year in the Kevin Youkilis trade with the White Sox. Stewart was dealt in the off season to Pittsburgh, then waived, then picked up by the White Sox again.
The Sea Dogs are 22-13, off to their best start since 2005 (thank you to scorekeeper Thom Hinton for that tidbit). Portland begins a three-game series at New Hampshire tonight.
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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