Extra inning games can have one of two effects: a rally cry, or a “I’m kind of tired” cry.
This time the Red Sox could not bounce back, and the series is now even. Here are the Four Bases:
First Base: His game today may have highlighted his fielding problems, but it was already evident that Pedro Ciriaco is no shortstop. One of my friends that is a Twins fan sent me a great text: “Pedro Ciriaco? More like Error Ciriaco.” He was brought in as a utility infielder, but has played mostly at shortstop this year. Still, the Red Sox now might need to be careful how they use him.
Second Base: The struggles against left-handed pitching continue. The Red Sox were 3-for-23 on Tuesday against Scott Diamond, and the only run they scored in the game was off of Jarrod Saltamacchia‘s home run. They have a .184 season average against lefties, and a .258 average against left-handed starters. Jonny Gomes, who is supposed to be the lefty masher, is hitting .192 this year against southpaws.
Third Base: Records do not determine pitcher quality. Just ask Ryan Dempster. He now has a 2.98 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 43 innings. Despite those good numbers, he has a 2-3 record with a lost Tuesday against the Twins. That’s mainly because he only has gotten 2.5 runs per nine innings in run support in his starts from an offense that 4.9 runs per game.
Home Plate: If there was one positive, it’s that David Ortiz continued his major league leading 27 game hit streak. Lucky for him, he got his hit out of the way right in his first at bat. Ortiz’s average is now .414, and it’s probably going to continue dropping, but it’s nice to see him continue to make contact.
Beyond the Diamond… David Ross left the game after colliding with Will Middlebrooks on a Chris Parmalee pop-up. Ross’s diagnosis was a bruised knee, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia came into replace him. Ross has been considered day-to-day for now…
Minor League Scoreboard
Triple A:Pawtucket Red Sox 7, Gwinnett Braves 3
W – Alfredo Aceves (2-0), L – Daniel Rodriguez (1-3)
HR – Joey Terdoslavich GWN (6), Alden Carrithers GWN (1)
Double A:Reading Fightin Phils 5, Portland Sea Dogs 1
W – Hector Neris (3-1), L – Anthony Ranaudo (4-1)
HR – Travis Shaw POR (1), Derrick Mitchell REA (1)
Carolina Mudcats 4, Salem Red Sox 6
W – Matty Ott (2-2), L – Owen Drew (2-3)
HR – Garin Checchini SAL (4), Zach MacPhee CAR (1)
Greenville Drive 2, West Virginia Power 4
W – Tyler Glasnow (2-0), L – Pat Light (1-2), SV – Pat Ludwig (1)
(Photo Courtesy of the Associated Press)