Tony Renda Courtesy:milb.com
Overreaction is the buzz word of the week when talking about the sluggish start of the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox. At the risk of falling into the same trap talking about the PawSox opening day victory over the Syracuse Mets I'm going to say, "I like this team." It took 10 innings, but the Sox were able to come from behind to pull out a "W" in game 1 of 140.
The scoring started in the 5th when Mike Miller, not known for his power, hit a home run driving in some guy named Sandy Leon. This Sandy guy will be presented with his World Series ring at McCoy before the PawSox home opener on Thursday. In the bottom of the 6th with the PawSox up 2-1 Marcus Walden gave up a 2-run double to Travis Taijeron. Both runs were charged to starting pitcher Mike Shawaryn, who struck out 7 in 5 1/3 innings.
Top prospect, Michael Chavis would tie the score at 3 after a 390 foot blast over left fielder, Tim Tebow's head. The score was still 3-3 in the 8th with 2 on, 2 out, and Tebow at the plate when Rajai Davis for some reason attempted to steal 3rd and was promptly thrown out by Leon.
The big hit of the night came in the top of the 10th with the bases loaded. Tony Renda hit a bases clearing double giving the PawSox a 6-3 lead. Former New York Met Jenrry Mejia came in and threw a perfect 10th to close it out and pick up the save.
The win marked the first Triple-A victory for PawSox manager, Billy McMillion. Bryce Brentz made his return after a years absence reaching base 4 times today and scoring a run. We also saw the Triple-A debut of Tim Tebow. He was 0-4 with 2 Ks. In the new friends category Mike Monaco called his first game from the PawSox radio booth. Monaco replaces Will Flemming who was called up to the big leagues and can be heard doing the Red Sox pre and post game shows on WEEI. Monaco has worked for the Big Ten Network and Fox College Hoops among others. Mike and Josh Maurer were in mid-season form calling the game this afternoon. It was a great start to the season and hopefully just a taste of what's to come!
279 games until WooSox baseball.