Red Sox Strut: Pawtucket struts this week

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Jul 25, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher

Steven Wright

(35) delivers a knuckleball against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports


When your staff gets bombed for 46 runs in seven games it means a fairly thin group of potentials to get the strut of the week for any degree of moundsmanship.

Martinez did have a big game or two big games on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday Pedro tossed a single pitch to Jason Varitek and did have chants for him to return to the mound as Wade Miley gave up five runs in the first inning.

Miley did recover on Sunday with 6.2 innings, allowing two runs in a 120 pitch effort. That somewhat mitigates his performance of Tuesday, but that is not strut enough.

The bullpen had some moments that were occasionally strut worthy, but unfortunately offset by performances that were dreadful. Put Robbie Ross into that category and certainly Junichi Tazawa. No consistency, then no strut.

Eduardo Rodriguez labored along for five innings on Friday night in a no decision. Five innings with three runs and four walks. E-Rod had little, but hung on for 110 pitches.

Steven Wright is the strut for the week from the pitching department. A 30-year-old knuckleball specialist had a career game to even his season’s record at 4-4. The Pawtucket shuttle paid off for a game against the White Sox that broke another losing streak as Wright went seven impressive innings.

The damage was a two run shot by Jose Abreu in the first and that was it as Wright’s K-Ball was spinning magic for at least one night in an 8-2 Boston win. Wright struck out a career high eight while walking just two in a 116 pitch effort.

So Wright can strut around, but not like a K-Ball or it could be potential public intoxication.

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