Thursday, April 24, 2014
Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard, who finished the 2008 season in Portland, opened and closed the Red Sox win over the Dodgers Friday night.
Doubront was fine (5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; 83 pitches, 55 strikes). He looked strong until, after a long bottom of the fifth, he came out in the sixth and surrendered 3 hits and 2 runs.
Doubront will be back (maybe a bullpen role later this year?). He seems to have his orders to keep working on the curveball to compliment the fastball and a decent change-up.
Ask Bard about developing a solid secondary pitch. He had Manny Ramirez fouling off his the 99 m.p.h. fastballs. But Ramirez froze when Bard fired in a 85 m.p.h. slider for strike three.
Yankees and Rays lose. AL East: Tampa Bay and New York 41-26; Boston 41-28 (one game back).
In Pawtucket, former Sea Dogs pitcher Robert Coello had his second straight scoreless relief outing (3 2/3 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K) ... Lars Anderson's slump continued, going 0-for-4 and dropping to .199.
Ray Chang (.317) hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning for the Sea Dogs ... Eammon Portice put in a solid 3 1/3 innings of relief (1 H, 5 K).
Salem also enjoyed an extra inning win with three straight singles in the bottom of the 11th. Mitch Dening (.301) singled in the game-winner. Dening, 21, an outfielder from Australia, was 4-for-6 and may be pushing for a chance in Portland later this year.
Lowell opened up its Class A short-season schedule in Vermont Friday. Outfielder Bryce Brentz, a supplemental first round pick, was 1-4 with a RBI single.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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