13 April 2005

Brandon Moss Update- 4.13.05

WP- Jon Papelbon (2-0)
LP- F. Liriano (1-1)
SV- Cla Meredith (4)
HR- POR: B. Moss (1), S. Fulse (1) NBT: A. Romero (1)

Here's the tale of the contest from MaineToday.com: Portland 6, New Britain 4. Apparently Moss's HR came in the form of back-to-back longballs with Sheldon Fulse. Here's Boston.com's wrap of the game.

In what's been a rough start to the season for Brandon, a game like tonight is something to build on- hitting a solo HR off New Britain's Francisco Liriano to help Portland to their 6th straight victory to start the season. Here are Moss' numbers thus far (not including tonight's game):

2005: .154 AVG/ .200 OBP/ .231 SLG/ 1 BB, 8 K, 4 H, 13 AB

Of course the average, OBP, and SLG tick up after tonight, and his HR total goes to 1, with his RBIs at 2. Not much more to report just yet on Moss- still early for him. Here is a recount of the Sea Dogs's April 11th victory over New Britain, where Brandon Moss sealed Charlie Zink's masterful start by driving the game's sole run via the sac fly- from the Day.com (registration required- use bugmenot.com, get in quick and easy). Keep an eye out to see if he starts to swing it around a bit.

Wed., March 30- BSMemorial Moss Update

Here's a look at an interesting preview of the 2005 Eastern League season done by minorleaguebaseball.com- 2005 Eastern League Preview.

In addition to Brandon, I'm going to be taking a running tab on the two best positional prospects for the Sox- Portland 2B Dustin Pedroia and SS Hanley Ramirez. Both have gotten off to outstanding starts:

.381 AVG/ .381 OBP/ .571 SLG, 0 BB, 2 K, 8 H, 21 AB, 0 HR, 2 RBI

Hanley went 0-for-3 with a BB tonight against New Britain

.375 AVG/ .500 OBP/ .563 SLG, 4 BB, 0 K, 6 H, 16 AB, 1 HR, 4 RBI

Dustin went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI tonight against New Britain

Hanley is still looking good, and Pedroia is moving fast through this mL system. Stay tuned...

WP- Jaret Wright (1-1)
LP- Curt Schilling (0-1)
HR- T. Nixon (2), J Giambi (2), B Williams (1)

Well, as great as Curt looked in the first 4 innings- absolutely dominant, to be blunt- and as bad as Jaret Wright looked in the first 4 innings- like a AAA pitcher- the Yankees still won. Sigh.

It looked like Francona was trying to stretch out Schilling by sending him out a little gassed in the 6th inning, and while that's a defensible decision, he probably should have had someone going, and Schilling probably should have been gone after the Giambi HR- or at least the Tino 2B. Bernie was one hitter too long, and it resulted in a 2-R HR.

And somehow Jaret Wright survived the 3rd inning, where he couldn't throw a strike, by surrendering only one run. Fucking baseball, man. It can suck like that sometimes.

Positives included the bullpen looking solid, with a great inning of work from Blaine Neal. Trot had a tremendous night at the plate with 3 BBs and a HR, Manny started to look more comfortable up there, especially in his at bat against Rivera (though it ended meekly). Rodriguez was a weak 0-for-5, and continues to be a genuine non-factor against the Red Sox. Schilling was great through 5, and he'll build on it. If he stretches his arm out and gives us 6 IP like the 5 he had tonight in all his starts, we'll win a ton of Curt Schilling starts. Awesome thing is, I don't think it's that hard to imagine.

We'll get 'em next time. That's the nice thing about the Series monkey off my back- when things go wrong, and things get frustrating, it's easily put into perspective- and not because I don't care if they win it all again this year- I do. It's just that certain knowledge that things won't spiral out of control with an April loss, and bad trends don't mean I won't see them win it all in my lifetime. Cos I did. It's awesome.

Also, NB- any time Renteria wants to start playing like a major leaguer would be awesome. Nerves and all is totally cool, but feel free to bust through that soon. I mean, you got a game winning single in a Game 7 of the World Series. How nervous could you still be?

One more note- Wade Miller pitched his first rehab start today. Here is his final line (and the boxscore):

4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 2 WP

...and his at-bat by at-bat log:

Bottom of the 1st

Bottom of the 2nd
K (swinging)
K (swinging)

Bottom of the 3rd
K (swinging)
WP - runner to second
WP - runners advance
3-1 - runner scores

Bottom of the 4th

Bottom of the 5th
K (swinging)

PITCHING CHANGE - Scott Shoemaker

Nice start for Wade. Looking forward to seeing him pitch on the big club.

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