Friday, December 6, 2013
Daisuke Matsuzaka walks 8 on Thursday, but still gives up only 3 runs. It is aggravating because he has talent, but he does not like to pound the strike zone (which is why he gets into jams and then gets out of [most] of them).
Tim Wakefield gets shelled for 9 runs Friday and does not make it out of the fourth inning. It is aggravating because Wakefield usually claims he has no idea where the ball is going once it leaves his hand. So how do you fix something like that?
Matsuzaka is 3-2 with a 5.77 ERA. Wakefield is 1-3 and 5.68.
Now for the minors:
Pawtucket: Felix Doubront had pitched only one inning in his Triple-A debut because of rain. He got his second start and went 5 innings (8 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K) ... Bubba Bell (.290) was 2-for-2.
Portland: Jose Iglesias (.308) went 2-for-4; Che-Hsuan Lin (.270) was 3-for-3 with a walk.
Salem: The Big Three were at it again. Ryan Lavarnway (.301) hit two home runs and now has 10 ... Oscar Tejeda (.328) went 3-for-5 with his 7th HR ... Will Middlebrooks (.323) had one hit ... starter Brock Huntzinger (2.58) went 6 innings (4 H, 0 R, 4 K).
Greenville: First-round draft pick Reymond Fuentes (.273) went 4-for-5 ... Undrafted catcher Dan Butler (.321) also had 4 hits, including his 5th home run.Tweet
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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