Monday, March 10, 2014
Jon Papelbon was not summoned from the Phillies bullpen Monday night, not with Boston routing his team.
Red Sox manager John Farrell was glad not to see Papelbon. Before Monday’s game, he praised him both for his ability and the fact that “he has a very good short-term memory. The days that don’t go well, he puts it behind him.”
That brings us back to June 21, 2005. Papelbon, a starter for the Portland Sea Dogs, was on the mound against the Trenton Thunder. In the Hadlock Field stands was general manager Theo Epstein.
Papelbon was terrible (4 1/3 innings, seven hits, five runs). He looked miserable in the clubhouse after the game. The next day, Thunder manager Bill Masse bumped into Papelbon and offered some consoling words. Papelbon, in his usual bravado, said he was fine.
“He had already forgotten about it,” said Masse, now a scout for the Mariners. “I knew he was going to do well.”
Papelbon would eventually start a game for Boston that year, before becoming the closer in 2006.
In Monday’s win, so much went right for Boston, including an unexpected strong spot start by Alfredo Aceves. See today’s column.
Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a home run and RBI double. He also struck out twice (giving him 72, 105 from Mark Bellhorn’s record).
Napoli will sit out a game either Wednesday or Thursday when the Red Sox go to Philadelphia (and lose the designated hitter). David Ortiz will play first base in one of the games.
In the minors, Pawtucket won as Jackie Bradley Jr. (.360) went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and home run. He has a .461 on-base percentage and .547 slugging average … Jeremy Hazelbaker (.283) also was 2-for-4 … Starter Rubby De La Rosa (3.45 ERA) remains on a tight pitch count. He went four innings (48 pitches): 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K.
Brandon Workman (3.75 ERA) pitched six innings for the Sea Dogs: 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K … Xander Bogaerts (.273) was 1-for-3 with two walks. His on-base percentage is .360 … Michael Almanzar (.279) went 2-for-4.
The Sea Dogs return to Portland tonight at 6 p.m. Matt Barnes is the starter.
Greenville catcher Jayson Hernandez (.378) went 2-for-4.
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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