FAST FAST FAST! Red Sox win, 8-2. Brandon Duckworth started for Pawtucket, pitched for however many innings and got the win. Both runs are Duckworth's. And they were solo home runs, one by Leslie Anderson and one by Matt Mangini who plays third.
Durham starter Matt Torra went 4 2/3. And he is wicked fat. (He's not fat.) Torra hates it when you say his name three times, but likes his car's sound system. It's one thing that he can depend on. Torra gave up six runs on eight hits, so you can see he's had better days.
Pawtucket scored three runs right away, first inning. Torra walked Lars Anderson with two outs. Ryan Lavarnway was hit by a pitch. Next batter was Josh Kroeger and he hits a home run, fly ball to right, gone. Fourth home run of the year for Kroeger. Like he needs another excuse to be conceited.
Two more Pawtucket runs at the top of the second brought the score to 5-0. Jose Iglesias hit his first home run of the year, second overall of his entire life. It might be his only home run of the year. Pass me my nerve tonic. But Tony Thomas had walked so it was good for two runs. Iglesias will always remember last night. Especially when he hears 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' on the jukebox.
AAAAH! TIME!! Okay, Duckworth gave up the two home runs in the fourth inning. Kroeger doubled in the fifth and was batted in by Che-Hsuan Lin. Wow, Lin, RBI machine. Not.
Alexander Torres took over for Torra and did okay until the ninth inning. Pawtucket was all, hit hit hit RBI double. Lavarnway. Probably pissed about the HBP. Varny is a vengeful receiver.
Garrett Mock worked the swing shift for two innings, Mark Melancon worked graveyard. All that time on the clock was scoreless, so they punched out and smoked cigars with Duckworth in the parking lot. Good work, men. See you tomorrow.
i'd really love to see you tonight:
1. Hideki Matsui is on the Durham Bulls. This is a very big deal: "Matsui also struck out on a 79 mph breaking ball from Brandon Duckworth and had two groundouts to the right side against Pawtucket’s defensive shift. His appearance didn’t help the struggling Bulls (15-25) against the Red Sox (26-14), who lead the International League standings." - HA! Defensive shift all over your face, Matsui!
5. From DRays Bay: "The pitching story of the night definitely belonged to Alex Torres. Although he allowed two runs in 4.1 innings of relief, he struck out six and walked none. Torres was in desperate need of something positive to build on, and perhaps this outing is it." Alex Torres needs a warm bath and a good cry.
6. Mike Potter, Durham Bulls Examiner: "When (Matsui) took infield with us today I thought that was awesome, with what he has done in Japan and in the big leagues,” Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said. “That showed me everything about what kind of guy he is. It’s wonderful to have a guy like that. “I think what he’s trying to do is awesome. He’s trying to get back to the big leagues and help the Tampa Bay Rays, and we’re going to try to do everything we can to help him out.” I recommend reading the entire thing.
7. SoxProspects.com forum comment of the day: "Iglesias with his second career home run. Anyone know if it was inside the park?" HA!!
8. Watching Durham Bulls Baseball informs guests about exciting visitors and the odds of a rain delay. I insist you check it out.
9. Last but not least, Adam Sobsey gets into Matsui v Matsuzaka and Oh My God now I want to drive down to Durham and join the party so so badly. Even though many of the citizens belong in the Mobile Museum of North Carolina Jerks.
GOL' DING IT! I tried to be fast and concise, I have to be somewhere like an hour ago but I can't help myself sometimes. Just know that tonight's probably, say, Doug Mathis v someone.
It's Lance Pendleton. Thank you, PawSox Blog, for your unwavering reliability. LET'S ALL GO DOWN TO NORTH CAROLINA! PAWSOX HEAVY, PAWSOX BLOG, KEVIN FROM PAWSOX EXAMINER, GET IN THE FUCKING VAN! I'M DRIVING!