AUDIO: Interview with ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes
Gordon Edes does an outstanding job covering the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com. The long-time Boston sports reporter was kind enough to let me interview him inside the press box at JetBlue Park Wednesday afternoon. We chatted about his impressions of the Red Sox Spring Training, what he thinks the club will do with Jose Iglesias, and, most importantly, his terrific Spring Training tan.
In addition to joking around with Gordon, I spent the majority of Wednesday around the Red Sox minor league camp. The PawSox had about as exciting of a Spring Training game as you’ll find, edging the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A, Twins) 4-3 thanks to a walk-off home run by left fielder Ronald Bermudez. The 23-year-old, who hit only three homers in 85 games last year, scorched a high-inside pitch deep to left field with one out. All four Pawtucket runs came via the long ball Wednesday, thanks largely to J.C. Linares’ three-run bomb in the eighth inning.
Justin Germano started for the PawSox and pitched four impressive innings. Germano, who appeared in nine games last season with the Indians, showcased a nasty curveball and struck out five batters – three looking. Germano appears to be one of those guys on the bubble right now. He has big league experience and is doing everything he can to hold a spot in the Red Sox bullpen come Opening Day.
Former Pawtucket catcher and recent off-season Red Sox signing Kelly Shoppach played in the Triple-A game Wednesday. He hit second in each of the first four innings and finished 0-for-4. (Funky stuff like this happens sometimes in minor league Spring Training games.)
All three of the Red Wings’ runs were scored off right-hander John Maine who allowed a two-run double and later a wild pitch that allowed the runner at third base to score. Maine is looking to regain some of his form from 2007 when he went 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA as a member of the New York Mets.
Tony Pena, Jr. tossed the final three innings and looked sharp, striking out four and allowing just one hit.
I’ll be back at the minor league complex early Thursday morning to watch batting practice and grab a few more interviews. Later in the afternoon I’ll be putting together our PawSox Insider radio show which will air Saturday, and then at night I’ll be in attendance for the Red Sox vs. Yankees game from JetBlue Park. Be sure to check back for more content throughout the day.