BOSTON – Well, the Mookie Betts Fenway Park debut party was a dud. Betts couldn’t get a hit (of course, neither could seven other starting Red Sox players).
Still, the promotion of Betts makes sense when you consider how desperate Boston is for hitting. See today’s column.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox drop to 38-45. It was another strong pitching/weak hitting performance by Boston.
In Triple-A, Pawtucket got both offense and defense with a 10-0 win. Anthony Ranaudo (9-4, 2.35) pitched a 3-hit shutout over 7 innings (2 BB, 5 K) … Andres Torres, the recently-signed 36-year-old veteran outfielder, went 2-for-5 with a HR … Alex Hassan (.259) was 2-for-3 with two doubles. Hassan had a torrid June (.351) … Dan Butler (.232) is heating up, going 3-for-4.
Portland lost 2-0, although Luis Diaz (2-1, 1.80 ERA) pitched well enough: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K … Blake Swihart (.296) was 2-for-3 … Derrik Gibson (.323) was 1-for-2. In June, Gibson batted .402 with a .494 OBP … Sean Coyle (.361) was 1-for-4 . He also was named to the All-Star Futures Game in Minnesota, replacing Betts.
Salem enjoyed a walk-off home run by former Sea Dog Ryan Dent (.257) in the 10th inning.