Happy birthday America

Holliman spun a no-no with Tennessee on June 21, 2007. (MiLB.com)

by Ken on July 4, 2010

Lots of our prospects – and a few sleepers – are giving us Saux fans much to celebrate this 4th of July. Here’s what our holiday show is covering… 

Man are we glad to have you…

Salem Red SoxDown in Salem VA the High Class-A Red Sox are scuffling out of the season’s second-half gate in the Carolina League. But one very bright spot is newcomer Mike Holliman (pictured above) who made his Boston farm debut Saturday night and fanned four over five innings as Salem blanked Myrtle Beach, 2-0. The former Southern League All-Star signed with the Red Sox out of the independent Northern League, where he was this season’s K leader. In 2007, with the Double-A Tenn Smokies, Holliman threw a no-hitter. 

Travis Williams, our Salem correspondant and Roanoke Sports Examiner for Examiner.com tells us about a special ticket deal for the Futures at Fenway game on July 10th between Salem and the Potomac Nationals. 

Sold out? Just ask for Jon…

Lowell SpinnersThe short-season Class-A New York-Penn League is underway and the team’s long streak of sold-out games not withstanding, Boston’s entry, the Lowell Spinners are off to a dreadful start. We talk with team Media Relations Manager, Jon Boswell about what’s behind the club’s success with its fan base over the years. He also tips us off to several stars-in-the-making, including 19-year old shortstop, Jose Garcia (his .355 BA is tops in the farm system among non-rookies) and pitcher, Keith Couch whose 0.75 WHIP beats everyone else on the Sox farm. But Boswell’s pick-to-click however is… well.. you’ll just have to listen. 😉 

Our spotlight player…

Eammon Portis

We caught up with Eammon Portis, one of the many (many) lively young arms in the organization. The Portland Sea Dogs right hander has been a rotation guy his whole career, until now. How does he feel about going to the pen? And does Portis feel any special connection to 2009 Cape Cod League champion Bourne (MA) Braves, for whom he pitched in 2006? Listen and find out.

A Weissman once said…

Steve WeissmanRelax everybody. Our boys will be just fine while the backups are playing at Fenway. Boston Baseball Examiner, Steve Weissman drops by to chat about the rash of DL additions, and what it means to the AL’s Eastern Division race (hint: not much).

Around the Horn…

Robert Coello


Turning to Triple-A, on a recent show Pawtucket Red Sox broacaster Dan Hoard sang the praises of Robert Coello (pronounced KWAY-lo). The hulking righthander with the wicked giddyup turned in a gem at McCoy Stadium this weekend. He went 6.1 scoreless, on 3 hits and 9 Ks in the Paw Sox 8-0 thumping of Lehigh Valley (Phillies). Coello has more punch-outs (81)than anyone in our minor league system. 


Double-A Portland fell to the B-Mets, 9-3 in Binghamton on Saturday night. The Mets put up a 6-spot in the 5th, after the Sea Dogs had rallied from 2-down to take a 3-2 lead. Jeremy Kehrt, who has struggled since his promotion last month from Advanced-A Salem, falls to 1-5, though his ERA is a respectable, 3.98. B-Mets CF, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was the star (4-5, HR, 3 doubles) 

For Portland, another double (#22) for 3B Ray Chang, the club’s leading hitter at .306 and one of four Sea Dogs headed to the Eastern League All Star game later this month in Harrisburg, PA. This past week stud reliever, Jason Rice (9 saves in 9 chances) got the call to replace pitcher Stephen Fife on the East squad. 

Greenville DriveIn Greenville, South Carolina, Boston’s Low Class-A affiilate The Drive were home Saturday night and whipped up on Savanah, 7-1… 6-foot-6, 245 pound Thomas Ebert hurled 5 shutout innings of near-spotless relief for the win… he’s 7-1, 2.61 ERA. At the plate, Greenville OF Jeremy Hazelbaker continued to impress, going 3-for-3 .. double, triple, homer … 2nd straight game he just missed hitting for the cycle. And get this, Hazelbaker also stole his 35th base of the season! He’s an Indiana kid.. attended Ball State.

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