Friday, March 7, 2014
Not many hits for some of the Red Sox teams Tuesday night. Both Boston and Portland totaled three hits apiece, and lost.
Pawtucket won 5-3 and totaled nine hits. Winning pitcher Allen Webster (2-0, 2.52) came back from his rough start for Boston and pitched five innings (3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 5 K) ... Bryce Brentz (.275) is getting his average to climb. He went 2-for-4. His OPS is .827.
Drake Britton (3-3, 4.35) did not have his command with Portland and was hit hard at times, especially by right-handed batters (who are hitting .301 against him this year). He grinded through 5 innings: 6 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 5 K. 95 pitches/53 strikes.
Salem recorded only six hits, but won 2-1 behind the pitching of Mike Augliera (4-0, 3.12). Augliera, a fifth-round draft pick last year out of America East member Binghamton, pitched six innings: 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K.
What does Greenville catcher Jayson Hernandez have in common with the Red Sox and Sea Dogs? He also had three hits Tuesday. The former No. 3 catcher for Portland went 3-for-5 and is batting .352.
Finally Salem's stellar radio broadcaster Evan Lepler put together an interesting comparison of outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and third baseman Garin Cecchini, based on their statistics on May 14 (last year for Bradley, this year for Cecchini).
At this time last year, Bradley was hitting .389 for Salem (44 hits) in 31 games, with 10 doubles, one triple and three home runs. He had 26 walks and was 11-of-14 in stealing bases.
Cecchini is hitting .372 for Salem this year (45 hits) in 33 games. He has 13 doubles, four triples and five home runs. He's walked 20 times and is 11-of-15 in stealing bases.
Bradley, born April 19, 1990, was drafted out of college in 2011 and received a $1.1-million signing bonus. Cecchini, born April 20, 1991, was drafted out of high school in 2010 and received $1.3-million.
It will be fun to watch Cecchini's progress, especially if he shows he is ready to move up. Portland already has two third baseman (Michael Almanzar and Kolbrin Vitek).
And if you want to read more, we have a column on a couple of former Portland relief pitchers - one who has moved up to Pawtucket (Chris Martin) and one now pitching in the Blue Jays organization (Tommy Hottovy).
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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