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On Baseball: NH's Anderson glad to be back
A last-out rally for a walk-off win gave New Hampshire a 3-2 win over the Eastern League’s best, the Portland Sea Dogs, on Sunday on Christmas in July Day at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
That said, Anderson threw a couple of hitless innings against Portland on Thursday.
He worked his way back last year, pitching for Fisher Cats manager Bobby Meacham at Single-A Dunedin, and the Blue Jays were cautious with him.
“The chains are off this year,” Anderson said.
“He’s got such a good arm and we’re trying to find out what’s best for him and best for the organization,” Meacham said. “He’s done both but we need to settle on something. You’ve got a guy that throws 93 to 95 miles an hour, a lefthander who’s starting to understand what he needs to do out there to be successful. You hope it all of a sudden comes quickly and he can help the big league club soon.”
In his last start, on July 12 in Portland, he allowed one hit, struck out eight and walked one in five innings.
Overall, he’s 3-1 and in 51 and two-thirds innings, Anderson has allowed 40 hits, struck out 60 and walked 26 with a 4.70 earned run average.
PORTLAND second baseman Sean Coyle, another of the team’s touted Red Sox prospects, had an eye-opening June.
July has not been as kind to him. Especially in the last week.
Coyle bounced back a bit with a pair of singles in his four at-bats on Sunday and he scored the first Portland run.
He struck out in each of his five plate appearances on Saturday night in the Sea Dogs’ 10-3 win.
Coyle hit .348 with six home runs, 22 runs batted in and eight doubles in June and is listed by soxprospects.com as the No. 12 prospect in the Red Sox organization.