BOSTON — It has been a tough week back in Beantown for Ryan Lavarnway ’09.
Boston has gone 2–5 since the former Yale catcher was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 1, just a day after the Red Sox acquired reliever Craig Breslow ’02 from the Arizona Diamondbacks. And Lavarnway, a slugger with a .286 career average in the minors over the past five seasons, has struggled in that span. His one hit in 13 at-bats is good for a lowly .077 batting average.
At the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the tying run on second base this afternoon, Lavarnway struck out swinging to end the game. He finished the day 0-for-4 with a walk as the Red Sox fell to the Texas Rangers, 10–9, at Fenway Park.
Breslow has had a better week for Boston. Although he did not appear in Wednesday’s game, he has pitched in five of his new team’s eight contests since he arrived. In 3.2 innings of work, he has notched two strikeouts and allowed a single run, improving his season ERA to 2.68.
The Red Sox are currently fourth in the AL East, 5.5 games behind the first-place New York Yankees.
More than 108 years have passed since the last pair of Yalies, pitcher Jack Jones 1883 and catcher Al Hubbard 1883, played together on a Major League team. Playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, that duo appeared in only one game together, an 11-0 loss to Cincinnati on Sept. 15, 1883.
Breslow and Lavarnway have repeated that result twice, appearing together in losses to the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 3 and 4.