Alex Hassan is starting to heat up down on the farm for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The Quincy native is riding a modest five-game hitting streak. He broke out for four hits, including two RBI doubles, in an 11-8 loss to Gwinnett on Monday night at McCoy Stadium. Over that span, he’s 9-for-22 (.409) with 6 RBI. He’s batting a torrid .393 so far in June.
Hassan is in his first full year with Pawtucket, having spent 2011 with the Portland Sea Dogs. In 53 games with the PawSox he’s batting .263 with five home runs, and 32 RBIs. The 32 RBIs are good for the third on the team, behind Mauro Gomez and Lars Anderson.
Hassan played his high school ball at BC High, then went on to Durham, North Carolina to star at Duke. He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 2009 draft.
It’s Friday, which means it’s officially time to celebrate the end of the week, right? OK… OK… before the workday concludes, let’s dish out some headlines, news and more from the Bay State!
* Cody Rossconcluded Thursday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays with four RBIs and one home run, as Boston ended their two-game series with a 5-3 victory. Felix Doubrontlasted 5.2 innings on the bump, and recorded his fourth win of the season, while Marlon Byrd smacked his first long ball in a Sox uniform.
* Boston will continue its current road trip on Friday when they travel to Philadelphia for their first inter-league clash of the season — Daniel Bardwill oppose Cole Hamels — first pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM.
* Daisuke Matsuzakaexperienced his longest rehab start on Thursday in North Carolina with the PawSox, as the right-hander pitched 6.2 innings and yielded four earned runs. He also recorded three strikeouts, hit one batter and surrendered two home runs.
* The Boston Celtics will attempt to earn a two-game series lead on Friday when they return to the hardwood for Game. No 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers, which is scheduled for 8:00PM. The Green and White spent their off day recovering from their gigantic victory on Wednesday, and watching film.
It’s Monday, which means a new week has officially begun! Let’s get it started with some news and headlines from the city of Boston!
* The Boston Red Sox won their third consecutive game on Sunday, as the local nine pounded the Cleveland Indians, 12-1. Daniel Bardpicked up his third win of the season, as he pitched six innings, allowed one earned run, and fanned two batters, while Jarrod Saltalamacchiarecorded one home run and 5 RBIs.
* Boston has now won 15 games, and will look to earn their eighth win at Fenway Park on Monday when they host the Seattle Mariners — Jon Lesteropposes Jason Vargas— first pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM.
* According to various reports — Daisuke Matsuzakawill make two more rehab starts with the PawSox before returning to Boston. The right-hander made his most recent start on Saturday, and lasted 5.1 innings and allowed seven hits, five runs, but fanned five batters.
* The Boston Celtics will look to earn their second Eastern Conference semi-final victory on Monday when they return to the hardwood at the TD Garden. Boston defeated Philadelphia, 92-91 on Saturday, and were given the day off on Sunday.
* Finally, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Bradywas recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated’s PeterKing, who wrote in his weekly, “Monday Morning Quarterback” an excerpt about his first start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 30, 2001.
PAWTUCKET, RI – If he keeps pitching like this, there’s a good chance we’ll see Daisuke Matsuzaka back in Boston in the very near future.
Making a rehab start Monday night for the Pawtucket Red Sox, he held the Rochester Red Wings scoreless into the fifth inning, as the PawSox shut out Rochester, 4-0, at McCoy Stadium.
In all, four PawSox pitchers combined on the six-hit shutout.
Matsuzaka went 4 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and three walks. He did have four strikeouts, and when he got into trouble, he was able to work his way out of it.
With two men on base in the top of the fifth, Matsuzaka left the game to a loud ovation from the crowd of 7,789. After Alex Wilson took over on the mound, second baseman Pedro Ciriaco kept the game scoreless with a terrific diving play going to his left, as he atoned for dropping a pop-up in the first inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, the PawSox got on the board when Daniel Nava blasted a home run over the right-centerfield wall. It was his third HR of the season. Nava also helped pad the lead during a three-run 6th with an RBI single. Alex Hassan’s double to right-center brought in the other two runs. The PawSox had ten hits on the night, three of them coming off the bat of Ryan Lavarnway.
Wilson picked up the win in relief, throwing 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Daryl Thompson took the loss for the Red Wings.
The first-place PawSox have won four straight. These two teams meet again Tuesday night at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET, RI – On Monday night at McCoy Stadium, the Pawtucket Red Sox played a regular, nine-inning baseball game. 30 years ago that night, the PawSox played a game that lasted longer – much longer.
The team marked the 30th anniversary of the longest game ever played in professional baseball.
In 1981, the PawSox and Rochester Red Wings started a game that would last 33 innings, and wouldn’t even be completed until June 23rd. The home team eventually pulled out a 3-2 win.
During a special pre-game ceremony, the team honored two men who were there for that historic moment. Denny Craig was the home-plate umpire on that night 30 years ago. Monday night, he was back behind the plate again, waiting for a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Dave Koza. It was Koza’s single in the 33rd inning that finally ended the epic clash. Craig and Koza received a warm reception from the crowd of 5,350 – considerably larger than the number of people who attended that fateful night back in 1981, (a sellout crowd attended the conclusion of the game.)
Of course, there was a game to be played Monday night. The PawSox earned their fourth straight victory, a 4-1 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. Pawtucket got a strong outing from Matt Fox, who pitched six strong innings. He only allowed one run – a long home run by Corey Brown over the centerfield wall in the second. But that would be the Chiefs’ only run – and lead – of the night.
The PawSox came right back in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs, highlighted by a tremendous home run to left off the bat of Tony Thomas. The home team added three more runs in the third, two of them coming on Josh Reddick’s second home run of the season. After three innings, the PawSox held a 5-1 lead.
The scoreboard for the rest of the night would feature nothing but a bunch of zeros. It was eerily similar to that night back in 1981 when there were many more goose eggs on the board. But instead of ending two months later, the final out of Monday night’s game was recorded around the reasonable hour of 9 p.m.