Wright switches dugouts…Masterson sighting
Former Akron Aero Steven Wright was traded during Portland’s batting practice to the Boston Red Sox for former Sea Dogs Lars Anderson…Wright becomes the fifth knuckleballer in franchise history joining: RHP John Barnes (2007), RHP Charlie Haeger, LHP Joe Rogers (2004)and Charlie Zink (2003-07)…Barnes is the knuckleballer to start (August 29, 2007).
Before the game I bumped into a Indians fan in the concourse, who is visiting Hadlock Field for the first time. I asked him if I could take a picture of his jersey – since he was wearing Justin Masterson…Masterson was rumored to be traded to Boston.
“Exciting,” he said, still in his Aeros uniform. “With (Tim) Wakefield and the success he has had there.”
Wakefield, the recently-retired knuckleball pitcher of the Red Sox, recently talked to Wright, a phone call arranged by Rob Leary, the former Red Sox coach who is now the Indians minor league field coordinator.
“We just talked on the phone a little bit before my last start,” Wright said. “It was nice to pick his brain.
A SWING THROUGH THE WILD WEST: The Sea Dogs begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Akron Aeros (Indians affiliate) from Hadlock Field…Portland begins a stretch of 15 straight games against the Western Division – tonight is their first meeting with the Aeros…After dropping 8 of 10 to start July, the ‘Dogs have won 12 of their last 19, and will finish the month at .500 (15-15) with a win tonight.
NOT IN THEIR LONG: Stolmy Pimentel (4-5) lasted a 1/3 of an inning (career-low) in Sunday’s loss to the Binghamton Mets 6-2 at NYSEG Stadium…Pimentel yielded four runs in the first on one hit, four walks and a hit batter…Mark Cohoon (6-7) worked 5.2 innings on 5 hits and 2 runs to earn the win…Juan Centeno and Dustin Martin drove in two runs for the B-Mets…Jackie Bradley Jr. clobbered his 4th homer of the season during a two-run sixth…Kolbrin Vitek added a run-scoring double with two outs…Portland’s bullpen allowed just two runs in 7.2 IP on 5 hits, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.
Lineups for Tuesday
Akron: Holt 8, Henry 9, Neal 7, Weglarz DH, Diaz 6, Abraham 3, Rohlinger 5, Perez 2, Toole 4 LHP Giovanio Soto (6-7, 4.08)
Portland: Bradley Jr. 8, Hazelbaker DH, Smith 4, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Vitek 5, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Bermudez 7, RHP Jason Urquidez (1-2, 3.33)
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