It could have been disastrous Sunday for the Boston Red Sox, with Boston’s bats finally coming alive but Sox pitching giving it up in the 8th and 9th innings. But after blowing a 6-1 lead, David Ortiz homered in the 10th for a 7-6 win.
The adage is that momentum is only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher, and Boston has John Lackey (8-4, 2.98) throwing tonight in Seattle. But the Mariners counter with (King) Felix Hernandez (8-2, 2.22).
The Red Sox (35-41), are 6.5 games out in the AL East and 5 out in the Wild Card. One of the teams tied for the Wild Card lead is Seattle (40-36).
Boston throws Jake Peavy (1-5, 4.52) Tuesday and is TBA for Wednesday (presumably Clay Buchholz off the DL).
In other DL news, Shane Victorino took batting practice with Lowell on Sunday and is expected to play for the Spinners tonight … Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-4 for Pawtucket.
The Pawtucket outfield looked interesting with two former Portland infielders – Mookie Betts in center and Garin Cecchini making his left field debut . Betts (.312) was 1-for-5, Cecchini (.260) 0-for-4 … Catcher Dan Butler (.220), who is a notorious slow starter, was 3-for-4 and is batting .298 in his last 10 games.
Allen Webster needed 101 pitches (53 strikes) to get through 5 1/3 innings: 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
In Portland, shortstop Darren Marrero (.292) was 3-for-4, while catcher Blake Swihart threw out another base-stealer – now 23-of-43 for a .535 percentage.
Sea Dogs starter Luis Diaz (1-0, 1.50) makes his Hadlock debut tonight at 7.
Marrero and Swihart were two of the names mentioned in today’s column, as we talked to assistant general manager Mike Hazen about deciding when a player needs a new challenge (i.e., Triple-A) and the pitching logjam in the organization.
Salem’s Reed Gragnani (.324) was 0-for-2, but with two walks (.424 OBP) … starter Cody Kukuk (1-5, 8.63) continues to struggle: 3 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 2 K).
Greenville infielder Carlos Asuaje (.311) was 2-for-4.