Rochester wins, 3-1. Red Wings starter Liam Hendriks gets the win, gives up just one run. He got eight strikeouts!
Pawtucket starter Ross Ohlendorf pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits, including the cheapest home run I've probably seen at McCoy. Shortstop Pedro Florimon hit a lazy fly to right that the wind gently cradled and carried over the wall. NO! YES!
That home run was in the wacky second inning. After the homer, left fielder Darin Mastroianni (The PA guy referred to him as Rene Tosoni, which is close because he's actually on the team but he did not play last night) singled. Ohlendorf tried to pick him off... And maybe it's me, but Ohlendorf's pickoff move looks like crap... But Ohly effed it up and Mastroianni made it to second. HA. Center fielder Ben Revere singled, moving Mastroianni over to third.
And then! What I thought could be classified as a double steal but I guess isn't, Revere stole second and Mastroianni stole home. OR DID HE? To me, and to everyone, it looked like Ryan Lavarnway tagged him out. Varny and Arnie both argued, but the call stayed.
The Red Sox only run came in the sixth, by way of an RBI single by Josh Kroeger.
Rochester relievers Deolis Guerra and Casey Fein completed the nine-inning set, with Fein getting the save. Pawtucket saw appearances by Tony Pena, Justin Thomas, and Chorye Spoone, none of which allowed a run. Or none of whom. Who. None of them. Nunyiz.
1. "Rated one of the top pitching prospects in the Twins’ farm system, Hendriks was making his first start in the minors since getting farmed out earlier in the week. Hendriks, the Twins' 2011 minor league pitcher of the year, was 0-2 with a 9.00 earned-run average in four starts after earning a starting job in spring training." - McGair, who also mentions "Choryne" Spoone. Duh, Choryne is his sister.
2. "Last time the Pawtucket Red Sox were part of the wrong side of a nine-inning no-hitter, "Moneyball" star Scott Hatteberg manned the backstop in 75 games for the club and tonight's starter for the Rochester Red Wings, Liam Hendriks, was five-years-old. Hendriks, now 23, pitched 5.0 hitless innings before Nate Spears' lead off the sixth-inning with a single down the middle to extend the always temporary reservation of Jose Lima's spot, and the date "August 17, 1994", under the "Individual Against PawSox" category in the PawSox media guide." - Kevin Pereira, nailing it down per usual!
3. There were some students on the field before the game, recognized for improved performance and so forth. One guy on the PawSox went over and talked to the kids for a couple of minutes. Who was it? Lars Anderson. Sucks to all the people who say he's a dickfor.
4. Josh Kroeger's scoreboard image said his name was Chad. Although, who knows, maybe that's what Kroeger wanted.
5. "It was the first time a Red Wing stole home since Tommy Watkins did it in June 2007 under similar circumstances." - Rochester paper. Tommy Watkins! Those were the Red Wings I loved, with Darnell McDonald and Carmen Cali and Garrett Jones and Denard Span. And Randy Ruiz! What a time that was.
6. "Hendriks has been good at every level in the minors. He strikes out 8 per 9 innings and walks 1. His WHIP is always around 1.1. He is the Twinsiest of the Twins pitching prospects. Hendriks has 4 pitches, but no single dominating pitch. His fastball touches the low 90s and he also has a decent curve and change-up." - Twins Target, a blog about the Twins.
TONIGHT! Justin Germano, Cole DeVries.
Oops, you know what the music means. Our time is up.