7.25.12 Pawtucket Red Sox @ Indianapolis Indians - in Your Dreams
Tough game, Pawtucket loses 3-1. Loss goes to Zach Stewart, who tried, damn it!
Stewart pitched five innings and the Indians got all their hits off him. He threw 94 pitches, 56 for strikes. Stewart gave up six hits, three walks, struck out five, and took three baby steps.
Over on the other side, Justin Wilson threw 100-something pitches through five innings. Pawtucket got five hits and walked three times, but no one delivered any clutch hits. I'm disappointed in you, Ryan Kalish. And you as well, Gomez. But mostly Andy LaRoche, who came up twice in the crucial two out, runners in scoring position sitch. And got the final out instead of some opposite field magic or something.
Break it down! Second inning, first baseman Matt Hague led off with a single, followed by a second single by DH Jeff Clement. Zach Stewart then followed that up by walking Yamaico Navarro and Brandon Boggs, which scored Hague. LOL whoops. LOL. A sac fly and a force out brought home two more runs. That's what happens when you load the bases. It's like that old song: 'The purpose of a batter is to load the bases and the purpose of a pitcher is to strike 'em out, come on baby let's play the game of baseball.'
Things were more or less quiet for the next five innings, since no runs were scored. There were some scattered walks and singles, but no triples or anything. Mark Prior pitched a couple of scoreless innings, with the encouraging ghost of Kerry Wood at his stern. Large-all-over reliever Garrett Mock also handled a scoreless frame. The PawSox scored their little run in the eighth inning, by way of an RBI single by right fielder JC Linares. But Daniel McCutcheon got all the outs he needed and Doug Slaten came in for the ninth inning. Slaten got Hassan, Hee, and Kalish to fly out in order. Maybe one of them took him pretty deep and made some people panic. I don't know, I wasn't in Indiana yesterday. I was in Cumberland!
1. Ryan Lavarnway remains sizzling, burning, smoking hot with the bat, going 3-4. Pawtucket had no extra base hits.
2. Zac Vierra writes an extensive, possibly unnecessary story on radiocaster Aaron Goldsmith. Cool, but I'm 100 percent Team Hyder. Always have been. Last night he was ruminating on how far Indiana was from Rhode Island and how strange it was. I TOTALLY GET IT. I would love to talk to Hyder and then write about it. Also, I miss Dan Hoard.
3. Nelson Figueroa is on the PawSox now. It really was only a matter of time.
4. And Jose De La Torre is now on the PawSox, which is also somewhat unsurprising. More surprising is that Duckworth and Mathis are now on the TIL. Let the record show that if they get rid of Duckworth I will lose my mind and start uprooting sycamores and maple trees like an unstoppable tsunamicane. I will burn down the mission. The bullpen, I mean, I'll pour gas all over it and toss trick relighting birthday candles on top of it. My defense in court will simply be: They took Duckworth away.
5. I just found out that the Mets signed Craig Hansen. Yes. I'm trying to comprehend what the hell happened. Is he going to be on the Bisons? They play at Fenway on August 18th, so maybe Craig Hansen will be there. I don't know, it's been long enough where maybe he cleaned up his act. Ugh. I still feel the absolute disgust when hearing his name.
6. "The Indians got all eight of their hits, plus two walks, from their 3-6 hitters, but didn't do a lot with them. Starling Marte went 2-4 with a double, Jeff Clement 2-4, Matt Hague 3-4 and Yamaico 1-2 with two walks." - Good stuff from Bucs Dugout.
Okay, that's all I got. TONIGHT! Nelson Figueroa wastes no time and will start for the Pawtuckets. I need to go back and find some stuff that I said about him. Righty Rick VandenHurk will put it down for the 317. I need to sit and restructure my priorities.