Fresh off his beating from the Rangers on Sunday, David Pauley made his first triple a start tonight. Pauley pitched against the Norfolk Tides tonight in front of a crowd that was mainly in his corner. Pauley went 2 perfect innings, but in the third innings his Pawtucket defense made 2 consecutive errors behind him, and another one that was ruled a hit. The Tides were able to put a 4 spot on the board in that inning, as the errors seemed to rattle Pauley, and once again he could not find the strike zone or the third out. Pauley went 5 innings, scattering five hits, with four walks, but only charged with one earned run. The PawSox were blown out in this one 10-3 and Pauley was the pitcher of record. Pauley had great stuff tonight, and when things were going good he was great, but he was much like Matt Clement in the fact that he seems to be a little short of that something extra that good pitchers have to get out of tough spots. It does appear though the Sox will continue to develop Pauley and hopefully we may see him later this season or next year.
Being that I am Red Sox fan living in Virginia Beach,Va, I have to take what I can get as far as live and in person baseball goes. Tonight though was extra special, the start of a four game set starring the Pawtuckett Red Sox. I guess tonights theme all around is pitching duels, because the losing pitcher in this game was PawSox pticher Matt Ginter, he went 7 strong innings giving up only 4 hits and one run, but due to lack of run support was on the hook for the loss. Red Sox super platoon player Gabe Kapler was there tonight making his second rehab start, looking great in batting practice, but going 0-4 in the game, but he looked great, ready to be back in a Red Sox uniform. Adam Stern made a fantastic hit in the 8th when he bunted for a lead-off base hit he was able to leg out. The other bounus of tonights game was the fans. I know I am biased, but who else’s fans show up an hour for minor league action, cheering on each hitter. The announced attendence was 5700, over half that were Red Sox fans. Several times during the game, cheers of "lets go Red Sox" errupted. Watching the Norfolk Tides fans in total disbelief that they were being out cheered in their own ballpark was priceless. Not bad for a Tuesday night in the International League.