6-5 over the Louisville Bats. HUH?! "Let him that hath known himself unto thine truth walk therein."
ClayMor, who is not a starter if you haven't heard, pitched six innings, gave up a run. So that was good. Jose de la Torre came in to relieve him and nearly ruined Christmas. I'll get back to that, though.
Chad Rogers started for the Louisville Bats. He gave up six runs. He pitched five and 1/3 innings. He allowed two home runs. He maketh me to lie in green pastures.
Xander Bogaerts hit a home run in the third inning. That was after Jeremy Hazelbaker walked to lead the inning off... Then Hazelbaker stole second. Advanced to third on a groundout. Jackie Bradley Jr walked. Then this: "Xander Bogaerts homers (9) on a fly ball to left center field. Jeremy Hazelbaker scores. Jackie Bradley Jr." ... ... Jackie Bradley Jr what? JACKIE BRADLEY JR WHAT?!
3-0 Pawtucket. In the fourth, shortstop Kristopher Negron hit an RBI single, changing the score to 3-1.
And here's something! Sixth inning, one out, Bogaerts and third baseman Jonathan Diaz hit back-to-back singles for big boy Mark Hamilton. Hamilton drove one to right, WAY BACK! GONE!
(By the way, watching David Ortiz hit bombs at Fenway Park has been one of the greatest baseball delights I've experienced. It's indescribable.)
So it's 6-1 going into the seventh inning at McCoy Stadium. Here's De La Torre, who right off gives up a pair of singles. And then Derrick Robinson hit a line drive to right that turned into a ground rule double. RUN. Neftali Soto then doubled... TWO RUNS. Then Felix Perez singled... RUN. STOP I'M GONNA PEE!
But Gary DiSarcina kinda wants to maybe win sometimes. Also, he's aged very nicely. Not that he's old, he's not. Just saying he's very, very good-looking. In a way that he wasn't in his younger days. Am I out of line?
Pedro Beato, who's pretty foxy himself, took over for De La Torre. Allowed no further runs. Good work.
That's it, right? Brayan Villarreal and Anthony Carter pitched the rest of the way. Thank you, gentlemen.
1. Jose Diaz pitched the last of the Louisville Bats side. You remember this guy? Dirigible? He's like Walter Young out there.
2. "Kevin Mitchell is Batman" misses Derrick Robinson: "Derrick Robinson, big league ball player, is a sign of a healthy
baseball ecosystem. He's the remora cleaning the Great White. He's the
Oxpecker that sits on the shoulders of a rhinoceros, eating the flies
that would otherwise plague the beast while simultaneously being kept
safe of any predator that may want it for lunch. He's the Gari you eat after your sushi." (Red Reporter)
3. So Chad Rogers, starter for Louisville, is an up-and-comer fresh from Double-A. Also he was bitten by a shark this one time: "When I pulled my foot out, I was bleeding all over the place. I was kind
of freaking out. I never thought I would get bitten by a shark." Jesus.
4. Mormon Baseball has a thing on Mortensen: " [H]e is likely good enough to again make the team’s 40-man roster when
the roster is expanded ahead of the end of the season. Of course,
Mortensen might also be a strong enough prospect that the Red Sox will
trade him in search of high calibre players that will keep them at the
top of the American League East." Are there any Atheist balllplayers? I'm asking for a friend of mine who is going to roast eternally in the fiery pits of HELL.
TONIGHT. Anthony Ranaudo, for all you prospect-horny freaks. The Bats will counter with Greg Reynolds. THE Dooley Womack?