Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Terry Doyle (79) works out prior to a February game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Terry Doyle outdueled in Portland debut
The time of the game spoke of the experienced pitchers’ command Monday afternoon at Hadlock Field, as New Britain Rock Cats starter Virgil Vazquez outdueled Portland’s Terry Doyle in a 2-1 New Britain win.
Vazquez (1-2), who has pitched for Detroit and Pittsburgh, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and ended up allowing four hits, one walk and one run while striking out nine over nine innings.
He allowed two solo home runs, to Daniel Ortiz and Jordan Parraz, which made the difference.
Doyle, 27, had just come down from Triple-A Pawtucket. He signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox this year after coming up through the White Sox system.
Vazquez signed a minor-league contract with the Twins this season. He last appeared in the majors in 2009. Vazquez moved on to the Rays organization in 2010 and, for the previous two years, was pitching in the independent leagues.
In the ninth, Gibson led off with an infield single on a check-swing dribbler. With one out, Peter Hissey singled up the middle. Cecchini followed with a grounder to center field, scoring Gibson, and sending Hissey to third base.
The loss sent the Sea Dogs (45-42) into the All-Star break in second place in the Eastern League East Division, a game ahead of third-place Trenton (45-44), two games ahead of the Rock Cats (44-45) and three ahead of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (43-36). Boles is pleased with the record, but likes the player development more.
Pitchers Brandon Workman, Drake Britton, Chris Martin and Brock Huntzinger, along with shortstop Xander Bogaerts, have gone up to Pawtucket this year.