8.20.12 Pawtucket Red Sox v Rochester Red Wings - sleep
Rochester beats up on Pawtucket pitchers and wins 9-6. Wilkin Ramirez, long left fielder, sealed the deal with a grand slam in the third.
Starter for Pawtucket was Nelson Figueroa, who gave up eight runs in his 2 2/3 innings of work, including a pair of home runs. Only seven runs were earned, if that's any consolation. Figueroa, I shouldn't have to tell you, was the losing pitcher for this match.
Esmerling Vasquez handled things on the other side, pitching six innings and keeping Pawtucket to two runs. Both of those runs were solo home runs: rehabbing Daniel Nava and muscle-bound Tony Thomas. Seventh inning reliever Daniel Turpen gave up three runs to Pawtucket, who maybe almost kind of looked like they could come back. But no. No, they could not. Anthony Slama ensured that.
Pawtucket relievers Tony Pena, Rich Hill, and Daniel Bard maintained scorelessness through 5 1/3 innings. Rich Hill pitched great, looked comfortable. Hill's inning took eight little pitches. Alex Wilson's ninth inning was kind of a typical Wilson thing, a couple of hits and a run. Some hard hit balls made it to the outfield, but Lin and Bermudez made some good catches to save Wilson's bacon.
I don't ordinarily do games out of sequence, but Tuesday morning was rough and I just needed that extra hour of sleep. You understand.
1. Nate Spears went 3-4 with a triple. Andy LaRoche doubled and was HBP.
2. Nice baserunning, boys: Ryan Kalish was picked off and Jason Repko was caught stealing. Kalish's pants could have been part of the problem, as they were crazy snug and form-fitting.
3. Woonsocket/Pawtucket paper on Rich Hill, Iglesias.
TONIGHT! Pawtucket begins their last road trip, heading for Charlotte. Zach Stewart will go up against Charles Leesman. Sounds Soxy.