Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Pittsburgh Pirates brought Portland's Ryan Reid into his first major league game Monday night in Atlanta, in the seventh inning.
With bases loaded.
The Pirates were already losing 7-1, but it was still quite a situation for the reliever's big league debut.
Reid got a ground out. Then he pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, all on ground outs (10 pitches, six strikes).
Reid, 28, is the former Deering standout and teammate of Ryan Flaherty, now with the Orioles. (And, no, the Pirates and Orioles do not face each other this year).
The Red Sox were off Monday, but welcome the Texas Rangers today. Texas is the only team to sweep Boston in a series this year. Ryan Dempster (2-6, 4.45) goes against Justin Grimm (5-3, 3.93) who has won his last three starts.
Dempster pitched well his last outing (7 IP, 2 ER).
Boston (35-23) is 2.5 games ahead of both the Orioles and Yankees (both at 32-25). New York beat the Indians (and Justin Masterson) 7-4 Monday. Masterson (8-4, 3.57) gave up nine hits and seven runs over 6 1/3 innings.
Pawtucket lost 6-5 in 11 innings. Chris Martin gave up the winning run. After a 0.00 ERA in Portland and not being scored upon in his first four PawSox appearances, Martin has hit a blip, allowing four runs in his last three outings ... Ryan Lavarnway (.289) went 2-for-6.
Portland was off Monday. Salem swept a doubleheader. Third baseman Garrin Cecchini (.364) went 2-for-3 with three walks in the two games ... Outfielder Keury De La Cruz, who batted .308 in Greenville last year, showed some life, going 4-for-6 with a double and triple in the two games. His average is up to .251.
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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