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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
WAHOO WOAH: University of Virginia alum Jeremy Farrell came to the plate in the eighth inning Tuesday with a chance to hit his fourth double of the game.
He didn’t. Instead, he blasted a two-run homer to cap a career night, powering the Winston-Salem Dash to an 11-1 romp over the Red Sox at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
“Yeah,” the 26-year-old third baseman said with a smile, “it was a good night.”
SOX TIES: Farrell’s 4-for-4, three-run, three-RBI performance came at the expense of a Red Sox affiliate — a bit of irony given that his father, John, is in his first year as the skipper in Boston.
John Farrell also coached at Oklahoma State, worked in the Indians’ front office, served as a big league pitching coach and managed the Blue Jays.
“First and foremost, he’s my dad,” Jeremy Farrell said. “We have that relationship. But then the position he’s in, the knowledge he has, it’s definitely an asset, and it’s something I don’t take for granted, nor do my brothers who are both still around the game. We’re very fortunate to have him in the position that he’s in and have the success that he’s had.”
A FRESH START: Farrell succeeded Ryan Zimmerman as UVa’s third baseman and was a Freshman All-American in 2006. The Pirates drafted him in the eighth round two years later but released him this spring after five injury-plagued seasons in their organization.
Farrell wasn’t sure what his options would be.
“You never know,” he said. “Obviously, that was my first time being a free agent, but I was fortunate enough to latch on with a quality organization over here with the White Sox. It’s been nothing but great people and I’ve really enjoyed my time.”
PROUD HOO: Farrell spent part of this past offseason working out in Charlottesville with several fellow UVa alumni who are in pro ball. He said he still keeps close tabs on the Cavs, who face Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC tournament today.
LOOSE ENDS: Three Salem pitchers combined to allow 14 hits, walk four batters and hit four others…Garin Cecchini endured a rare hitless night that dropped his Carolina League-leading average to .372…Sox reserve catcher Carson Blair went 2 for 4 and is 7 for 12 with three walks over his past four games.
ON DECK: Salem ace Henry Owens (3-1, 3.35) faces Dash RHP Chris Beck (2-6, 2.80) at 7:05 tonight.
Weather JournalEarly mix, then ice storm Sunday