A few words from Not Ian Browne
Hi. Erika Gilbert here, pinch hitting for Ian Browne. I’ve been covering the Sox this series.
A couple of notes…
It’s been a really hot and humid few days here in Toronto, after a relatively cool summer. Both Terry Francona and Jason Bay have commented that the ball has really carried this series.
The Jays have hit three home runs since Tuesday and the Sox have hit six — J.D. Drew just homered about a minute ago.
“The ball’s carrying here the last two nights like I’ve never seen it before,” Francona said after last night’s game.
The dome’s been open the last two games but it’s closed tonight — and with tornado warnings and funnel clouds popping up in the Greater Toronto Area, I’m guessing it’s not likely to open any time soon — but I’ve heard mixed review on whether that makes the ball carry more or less. It’s still pretty steamy in here, though.
Francona talked a little bit about Paul Byrd, who pitched four innings for Triple-A Pawtucket yesterday, allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk and striking out three.
“They made him work” in a couple of innings, Francona said. “I think he was real pleased. I think there are some inconsistencies at times, which comes with not pitching, but I think there was also enough movement with his fastball that he felt pretty good about things.”
Francona said Byrd threw about 70 or 80 pitches and he’ll probably pitch again on the 24th.