Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Red Sox organization got good starting pitching on Tuesday night, beginning with Clay Buchholz in the majors (5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 8 K). It was not one of his best outings (Buchholz was better his last game, in losing to Justin Masterson and the Indians), but it was enough to pick up his ninth win.
If he stays strong, Buchholz should be a shoe-in for the All-Star Game.
Buchholz went from the Sea Dogs in 2007 to eventually the majors that same year (Masterson and Michael Bowden did it in 2008; Junichi Tazawa in 2009). Now it looks like it is Felix Doubront's turn. He is expected to start Friday for the Red Sox (in place of the injured Daisuke Matsuzaka).
Speaking of Bowden, he put in a very encouraging start for Pawtucket: 7 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. He is now 2-3 with a 4.389 ERA.
Kyle Weiland pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings (4 H, 2 BB, 5 K) for Portland.
Salem's Stolmy Pimentel went five innings (6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K) ... Oscar Tejeda (.333) had three hits ... Ryan Lavarnway (.304) and Mitch Dening (.297) had two hits apiece.
And back to Masterson. He made his first start since stifling the Red Sox last week, and had a 4-1 lead through four innings. But the Mets scored five times in the fifth. Masterson (2-6) got the loss and gave up 6 ER in 7IP.
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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