Saturday's (4-10) scheduled DH at McCoy was a gem, despite the windy conditions. The PawSox won a pair - that's right - of 1-0 shutouts against the Buffalo Bisons (Cleveland). Though scheduled as two seven inning games as is the custom in the minors for Double Headers, Game 1 went nine innings as Buffalo's K. Denney (a name to remember?) struck out 10 PawSox and went six strong innings, allowed only 3 hits and one walk - but Pawtucket's Jamie Brown and Brian Hebson pitched seven matching innings, allowing only 4 hits, 2 walks, while striking out 7. In Game 2, John Stephens (1-0) went five strong innings, allowing only 2 hits, striking out 3, and walking nobody. The PawSox have an interesting mix of minor league veterans and prospects this year - and again managed by the excellent Buddy Bailey.
[Top Sox prospect Kevin Youkilis had a tough day; 1 for 7 with three K's.] Should be a good year at McCoy.
I did not join the Easter Egg hunt after the game BTW, despite press reports to the contrary.
- Congratulations to the NH Fisher Cats, winners of three of their first four games on the road, against a traditionally tough New Britain club. They play their home opener April 15th vs. Trenton.
- Um, guess I may have to eat some crow about Pedro being done, eh; it's early yet folks. Give me until the All-Star break anyway.
- Daubach's gone again, as the Sox have to replace ailing (again) Mendoza with Frank Castillo. Dauber says he'll go to Pawtucket if he clears waivers - look forward to it!
- This Red Sox lineup doesn't have as much punch as last year but don't you get the sense that the Defense is just much better?