Atchison responds in PawSox opening win

April, 7, 2011
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Pawtucket Red Sox pitcher Scott Atchison was told 45 minutes prior to Thursday’s season opener at McCoy Stadium that he would be starting after Alfredo Aceves was recalled to Boston.

Atchison was efficient and worked 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits with eight strikeouts in his no-decision.

“It was an outstanding job by him and everybody,” said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler after the 2-1 win against the Rochester Red Wings. “With short notice, jumping in there and giving us five innings -- because you never know what you’re going to get when that happens.”

The veteran reliever said the short notice was actually good for him.

“As a starter, when I was younger, I always thought about it all day long and I probably drove myself crazy," Atchison said. "From this end of it, not having much time to think about it, just go out there and make your pitches. I tried to treat it as similar to a relief appearance as I can.”

Rich Hill earned the win for the PawSox, working 2 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed only three hits with four strikeouts. Hideki Okajima worked a perfect eighth inning and Michael Bowden earned the save.

Pawtucket’s Juan Carlos Linares crushed a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead the offense.

“He’s a dangerous hitter,” Beyeler said. “He’s going to swing the bat and he’s an aggressive hitter. He got into one.”

Pawtucket's Jose Iglesias, who was in the No. 9 spot in the order, went 2-for-3 in his Triple-A debut.

“Iggy did a nice job tonight jumping on some fastballs, getting some hits and getting on base,” Beyeler said. “It’s always good for the young guys to get some hits to start off with, put the ball in play and feel like they belong up here.”

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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