Red Sox 19, Boston College 0
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ Boston College got help from management negotiator John Harrington and two football players but still got whipped Friday night by the Boston Red Sox 19-0.
Harrington, just back from the strike talks in Scottsdale, Ariz., is a graduate of Boston College, where he also was an assistant professor. He spent part of the game chatting with coach Moe Maloney in the BC dugout.
His advice wasn’t any more successful than his negotiating efforts seemed to have been.
The Red Sox, who lost to the Minnesota Twins 13-7 with different players in their exhibition season opener Friday afternoon, led 8-0 after two innings and didn’t give up a hit until the fifth.
Varsity football players got two of Boston College’s six hits.
With two outs in the sixth, wide receiver Steve Everson singled and took third on defensive back Daryl Porter’s double. But Matt Wolfe, who doesn’t play football, grounded out to end the threat.
The team’s two other football players didn’t fare as well. Backup quarterback-designated hitter Jeff Ryan grounded out in his only two at-bats and punter-pitcher Brian Saxton was ripped for four runs and two hits in the seventh.
The game did not violate the union’s position against minor leaguers playing in exhibition games during the strike since proceeds went to charity. That enabled Boston to use some of its top young prospects, including shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and starting pitcher Jeff Suppan.
Harrington was not available for comment on the strike.
He had to be pleased by the announced attendance, a respectable 3,697, more than half the capacity of 6,850 at City of Palms Park. Boston’s 12-1 exhibition win over BC last season drew 4,203 fans.
But the strike was not totally ignored. One fan wore a T-shirt that read, ``Scab Sox.″
Second baseman Lou Merloni, who went to high school in Framingham, Mass., a few miles from BC’s Newton campus, was Boston’s hitting star with a single, triple and five RBIs.
First baseman Doug Hecker reached safely five times _ a single, double and three walks _ hit a sacrifice fly on his other at-bat and scored five times.
Right fielder Ron Mahay also was perfect with a double, triple, three walks, four runs and four RBIs.
Suppan, who was 13-7 in Class A last year, pitched two hitless innings for the win. Mark Bettencourt, BC’s starter, took the loss.