Skip to primary navigation Skip to main content

One big Red Sox prospect on hill, one off to Boston as Herd opens new series downtown

The Bisons and Pawtucket Red Sox open a two-game set today in Coca-Cola Field and the Pawtucket pitcher will be 25-year-old right-hander Alex Wilson, who was Boston's minor-league pitcher of the year last season after going 9-4, 3.05 at Double-A Portland and 1-0, 3.43 with the Pawsox. Wilson allowed one run in five innings and got a no-decision is his lone start this year, last Saturday against Lehigh Valley.

Pawtucket will be without top outfield prospect Che-Hsuan Lin, who has been called up to replace the injured Jacoby Ellsbury (who is out 6-8 weeks). Lin, the World Team MVP at the 2008 All-Star Futures Game, and an '08 Olympian for Taiwan, was just 3 for 20 for Pawtucket this year. Shows how golden those 40-man roster spots are. Lin and his interpetor flew out of Buffalo this morning, the Boston Globe reported.

The Bisons, meanwhile, will be trying to stop a two-game slide (Memo to the Herd: The Sabres have already proven a 2-0 lead is one of the most dangerous in sports. Stop it.). Garrett Olson will pitch for Buffalo. Here's the Herd lineup:

Jordany Valdespin, cf
Bobby Scales, 2b
Valentino Pascuci, dh
Vinny Rottino, lf
Zach Lutz, 1b
Matt Tuiasosopo,  3b
Adam Loewen, rf
Rob Johnson,  c
Omar Quintanilla,ss

Buffalo utility man Josh Satin is not here today. He's in New York and has been placed on the Mets' 24-hour taxi squad. That's a new rule this year to prepare players for promotion (see David Wright) but allows them to be replaced so the minor-league clubs aren't short. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere has been called up from Class A St. Lucie for today's game.

---Mike Harrington

comments powered by Disqus

About Inside Pitch

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington |

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz |