NEW YORK — Anthony Ranaudo has had a very good season, just not in all-star games.
On July 10, he started the Eastern League All-Star game and allowed two walks before a three-run homer by Giants prospect Javier Herrera.
Today, on a hot, humid day at Citi Field, Ranaudo, one of Boston's top pitching prospects, allowed an upper-deck homer to Arismendy Alcanatara, then allowed a single to his former Portland teammate, Xander Bogaerts, upon entering the game for USA (4-2 winners over the World) in the fourth inning.
In all, the Freehold, N.J., native gave up two runs on two hits with two walks and a wild pitch. He got only two outs in the fourth inning before being yanked.
The good news is that Bogaerts, hitting third in the World lineup and playing shortstop, is 2 for 3. He was caught stealing in the first inning. He also scored World's second run. He struck out on three pitches from nasty righty Eddie Butler, but then walked after he was moved from shortstop to DH.
Third baseman Garin Cecchini, the third Red Sox prospect chosen, came into play third base in the fifth inning. In his first at-bat, flied out deep to the warning track in left center and then.
“It’s an honor to be selected to this game,” said Ranaudo, a 6-foot-7 righthander, before the game. “Just want to go out and pitch a good inning and represent my team well. It’s been a good year so far. I’ve had good command of my fastball and curve ball and my change up is a pitch that I can use when I need it. I haven’t had to throw it that much.”
Ranaudo is 8-2 with a 2.67 ERA with 94 strikeouts in 91 innings. He’s likely to move up to Pawtucket later this month or in early August.
Cecchini, a third baseman, was a late add [on Thursday] to the USA team because of an injury on the USA team. The third baseman has been tearing up Double A since his promotion. He went 1-for-2 and knocked ina run with linedrive double in the 9th.
Bogaerts is a phone call away from the major leagues now that he’s at Triple-A. The only question is what position will he ultimately play?
“Right now I’m a shortstop,” Bogaerts said, “and that’s what I enjoy playing.”
Asked about a move to third, he laughed. “That’s easy. I played one game and no chances," Bogaerts said.
Overall, Bogaerts is hitting .294 with 13 homers and 54 RBI between Portland and Pawtucket.
Cecchini was scheduled to come off the USA bench. He’s hit a combined .353 with eight homers and 57 RBIs between Portland and Salem.