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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Sanchez' gem drops Rock Cats to 5th

I'll subtract pain by ounces, I will start painting houses Anibal Sanchez

After being stymied by Portland Sea Dogs ace Jon Lester on Monday, the Rock Cats were handcuffed by Portland pitching again last night in a brisk 2-hour contest, 2-0. It was Portland's EL-leading 13th shutout of the season, and the loss dropped the Rock Cats to 5th place in the EL's Northern Division. Last night's Portland starter, Anibal Sanchez, allowed only 3 hits in 7 innings with 7 strikeouts, improving his record in the Eastern League this year to 3-1 with an 0.98 era. Sanchez, one of three starting pitchers ranked in the top 5 on Baseball America's list of Boston Red Sox prospects (behind Jon Lester and Jon Papelbon), was brought up to Portland from the Wilmington Blue Rocks on July 3rd when Papelbon (who has since moved up the majors) was promoted from the Sea Dogs to Triple-A Pawtucket. Sanchez, who has a mid-90s fastball as well as a "plus" curveball and change-up, had posted a 6-1 record while pitching in A-ball for Wilmington earlier this season, with a 2.40 era and 95 k's in 14 starts.


Blogger Brushback said...

On Thursday night (8/4) New Britain won their game and Norwich lost theirs, so New Britain and Norwich are back to being tied for 4th again (the top two teams in the division make the playoffs).

Portland is starting to run away with things now, though, with a 4-game lead over the rest of the division.

8/4/05, 11:10 PM


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