Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The weather, which has not been the Sea Dogs' friend, knocked out four of the six Red Sox minor league teams on Monday.
Pawtucket fans watched a combination of Steven Wright's knuckleball, backed by solid defense, in a 1-0 win. Wright allowed seven hits and four walks, but threw a complete-game shutout.
Wright, who struck out three, is 4-5 with a 4.14 ERA. He came to the Red Sox organization last year in a trade for former Sea Dogs first baseman Lars Anderson (Anderson, by the way, is with the White Sox now, struggling in Triple-A with a .218 average and two home runs).
In the first inning Monday, Wright allowed a single (the runner thrown out by catcher Dan Butler, trying to steal third), walk and double, but escaped.
Pawtucket turned four double plays ... the PawSox got their run when Xander Bogaerts walked, went to third on an errant pick-off attempt, and scored on Ronald Bermudez's single.
Bogaerts went 1-for-2 to up his average to .250 (.333 OBP).
The only other Sox team, Salem, lost 8-1. Outfielder Keury De La Cruz went 1-for-3. De La Cruz, 21, a Dominican who hit .307 in Greenville last year, struggled his first two months with Salem (.250) ... He batted .387 in June, and is now up to .300 for the season.
The Red Sox were off Monday (despite what yesterday's blog said) and go tonight with John Lackey (5-5, 2.99) against the Padres ... The Sea Dogs play two tonight, starting at 6 p.m. Keith Couch (5-2, 4.17) and Jeremy Kehrt (0-2, 3.34) are the scheduled starters.
For more on the Sea Dogs, see today's story.
In the majors, the Yankees, Rays and Jays all won.
Red Sox 50-34
Orioles 47-36 (2.5 games back)
Rays 44-39 (5.5)
Yankees 43-39 (6)
Jays 41-41 (8)
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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