Wednesday, March 12, 2014
After Boston's 10-8 14-inning win over the Tampa Bay Rays, one thing is certain: The Red Sox need fresh arms.
Don't know how Boston will re-arrange its rosters (major and minors), but the Red Sox have several pitchers available to bring aboard.
Alfredo Aceves (likeliest candidate), Allen Webster and Steven Wright are on enough days' rest in Pawtucket, as is Portland left-hander Drake Britton (who is scheduled to start tonight). Plus, there is reliever Alex Wilson.
Boston fans may be wondering what happened after the Red Sox scored six runs with their first seven batters in the first inning.
Rays starter Alex Cobb settled down, while the Sox pitchers could not hold the lead. Starter John Lackey went 5 2/3: 10 H, 4 R. Andrew Miller and Junichi Tazawa both allowed a run.
But if Red Sox followers are upset over blowing the lead, what of Rays fans? Their team tied the game 8-8 in the bottom of the 10th and had based loaded with no outs. Evan Longoria hit into a 5-2-3 double play, and pinch-hitter Sam Fuld then tried to bunt in a run, but Dustin Pedroia threw him out.
Daniel Nava got the game-winning RBI single in the 14th.
Pawtucket was rained out and Portland was off Monday. The Sea Dogs begin a six-day home stand today with a 6 p.m. doubleheader against Erie.
The Red Sox featured two of its young left-handed prospects in Class A on Monday. Henry Owens (5-2, 2.95) went five innings for advanced Class A Salem: 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. Owens turns 21 next month.
Cody Kukuk, who turned 20 this past April, is 3-6 with a 4.65 ERA for low Class A Greenville. He pitched five innings Monday: 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K.
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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