Season Begins with an L, but a Big W for some Today

The nuts and bolts from Opening Night last night…

Beautiful production in the pregame with the local service men and women with Amazing Grace played on the bagpipes and the National Anthem performed by Rhode Island State Trooper Amanda Brezniak.
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More than 8,200 fans were here to see it and open McCoy Stadium in grand fashion.
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Sadly, the game did not go as beautifully as the pregame ceremony.

Tough night for Allen Webster who lasted just 3.2 innings and threw 81 pitches in his 2014 debut. He gave up two first inning runs and did not command the lower part of the strike zone like we grew accustomed to in 2013. Some more 1st inning problems for Allen who had an ERA over 5.00 in the 1st inning last year…it was 3.21 in all other innings.
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But the offense did not help him much either as Pawtucket had just two hits in the game (a Garin Cecchini single and a Brock Holt double) and drew two walks. Four total base runners and they never sent more than four to the plate in any inning in the game.

A lot of credit goes to Lehigh Valley’s pitching staff, especially starter David Buchanan, who set the tone early. The last 15 batters to come to the plate for the PawSox were retired in order.

The PawSox bullpen was strong getting 5.1 innings of one-run ball from Chris Resop, Craig Breslow, Tommy Layne, Dalier Hinojosa and Drake Britton.

The 4-0 shutout loss, sadly, runs the Pawtucket scoreless streak to 38 straight innings…the last run they scored was in the 3rd inning of Game 2 of the Governors’ Cup Finals at Durham September 11th, 205 days ago. That’s got to end tonight right? Starter Anthony Ranaudo certainly hopes so.

The defeat also snapped the PawSox eight-game Opening Night winning streak. Their first loss since 2005 when Curt Schilling, making a rehab start for the PawSox, suffered a 7-5 defeat in Indianapolis. It also marked the first time the PawSox had ever been shutout in a home-opener and was only the second time in club-history they have been blanked in their season-opener (they were shutout, 7-0 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the first game of the 1999 season).

Ok, enough of what happened last night as today is a very happy day in New England…The Red Sox opened up Fenway Park and World Series rings were given out in a gorgeous ceremony set up by the legendary Dr. Charles Steinberg. Eight current PawSox players, who at one point last season were members of the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, received their World Series rings prior to Boston’s home-opener this afternoon at Fenway Park. The eight players left McCoy Stadium this morning at 9:00 am and were escorted to Fenway to take part in today’s special ceremonies. Pitchers Drake Britton, Rubby De La Rosa, Brayan Villarreal, Allen Webster, Alex Wilson, catcher Ryan Lavarnway, and infielders Brock Holt & Brandon Snyder returned to McCoy – with their coveted World Series rings – this afternoon.

Here’s a look at the hardware…
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Pretty outstanding stuff!

As for tonight’s game…7:05pm and Anthony Ranaudo makes his 2014 season debut.

The lineup behind him:
Brock Holt SS (will not be wearing World Series ring during the game)
Alex Hassan LF
Ryan Lavarnway 1B (neither will Ryan)
Bryce Brentz RF
Dan Butler DH
Garin Cecchini 3B
Christian Vazquez C
Corey Brown CF
Mike McCoy 2B

Let’s get in the win column!

Jeff
@jlevering4
jlevering@pawsox.com

1 Comment

What a beautiful ring You all earned them Great Job Red Sox

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