Month: April 2008

PawSox Take Rubber Game Over Red Wings, 4-2

The Pawtucket Red Sox combined timely hitting and strong pitching to defeat the Rochester Red Wings, 4-2, this afternoon in the final game of their three game set at Frontier Field.

The PawSox were able to open up a 4-0 lead on a Chad Spann sacrifice fly in the second, a two run homer by Jeff Bailey in the third, and a Keith Ginter double in the fifth. Ginter ended the game going 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles.

Knuckleballer Charlie Zink (3-1) once again was effective as the starter for Pawtucket. He pitched 6 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on four hits. He walked two and struck out two to earn the win.

The Red Wings had a chance to score more than two runs in the sixth off Zink. With runners on second and third and one out and one run in, OF Jason Pridie made a poor base running decision in trying to score from third on a grounder back to Zink. 2B Howie Clark then drove in Rochester’s second run with a single. Zink retired DH Randy Ruiz on a fly out to right to end the threat.

RHP Chris Smith came in to pitch the final three innings for Pawtucket to pick-up his first save of the season.

LHP Francisco Liriano (0-1) struggled again for the Red Wings, going 4 1/3 innings, giving up all four runs and taking the loss.

The PawSox head to Syracuse tomorrow night (7:00pm) to begin a four game series with the Chiefs. Davern Hansack (0-3) is slated to start for Pawtucket.

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Game 27- PawSox vs. Red Wings, April 30, 2008

The PawSox hope to end the opening month of the season on a high note as they wrap up their three game series with the Rochester Red Wings this afternoon (12:05pm) in Rochester. RHP Charlie Zink (2-1, 3.09) takes the hill for Pawtucket against LHP Francisco Liriano (0-0, 6.75) for the Red Wings.

Here are some brief notes leading up to the game…

Pawtucket Red Sox (14-12)

Zink is coming off another solid outing, a no-decision April 24th against Syracuse. He pitched six innings, giving up only two runs on nine hits.

The PawSox bullpen is looking to rebound after giving up seven runs last night.

Jeff Bailey has been on a tear of late at the plate. he has a hit in 6 of his last 7 games and has raised his average to .292 after last night’s 2 for 4 performance.

Rochester Red Wings (13-13)

Liriano will make his second start of the season for the Red Wings. The one-time Twins star lefty has been shaky in his three starts this season with the big club. He lost all three decisions with an ERA of 11.32. His lone Rochester start came on April 8th. He did not get the decision in the Red Wings’ 6-5 win over Norfolk. He pitched 4 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits.

IF Randy Ruiz is working a seven game hitting streak. Over that time he is hitting .429 with 5 doubles, a triple, a homer, and 10 RBI’s.

It’s a safe bet that if you can get by the eighth inning unscathed with Rochester, you are in line for success. The Red Wings have out-scored opponents 24-2 in eighth inning so far this season, including 4 runs off the PawSox last night.

Game Wraps, April 29, 2008

Here’s a look at the rest of the action around the International League…

1B Brad Eldred hit a two-run walk off homer leading the Charlotte Knights to a 3-1 victory over the Norfolk Tides. BOX

The Scranton Wilkes/Barre Yankees scored six runs in ht second, and five players drove in runs as they dominated the Buffalo Bisons 10-6. BOX

CF Ryan Langerhans belted a homer and drove in five runs as the Columbus Clippers dominated the Indianapolis Indians 8-1. BOX

SS Reid Brignac and RF Justin Ruggiano each drove in a pair as the Durham Bulls shut out the Richmond Braves 4-0. BOX

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs continue to find ways to lose, this time a 1-0 pitcher’s duel to the Syracuse Chiefs. BOX

Toledo starter Eddie Bonine is now a perfect 5-0 as the Mud Hens beat the Louisville Bats 4-3. BOX

PawSox Relievers Fail to Hold Off Red Wings

The usually solid PawSox relief corps could not hold down the fort, giving up seven runs late as Pawtucket fell to the Rochester Red Wings, 9-3, last night at Frontier Field.

The PawSox were cruising along behind starter Michael Tejera, who left the game with one out in the sixth with a 3-2 lead. The Red Wings scored seven times in the seventh and eight off relievers Eric Hull, Craig Hansen, and Lincoln Holdzkom.

Throughout their barrage, the Red Wings only collected one extra base hit, a two run triple in the eighth by RF Darnell McDonald off Holdzkom. Rochester’s three runs in the seventh scored on four singles and two sacrifice flies. Those runs were charged to Hull.

Hansen gave up his first three runs of the season in the eighth on a pair of singles sandwiched around a stolen base. Holdzkom’s run also came on a single.

In the early goings of this game it looked like the PawSox were well in command. They scored all three runs in the first on a bases loaded wild pitch by Rochester starter Brian Duensing, a based loaded double play off the bat of Chris Carter, and a single by Keith Ginter. The PawSox scattered hits the rest of the way.

Tejera gave up two runs on six hits striking out five and walking two. Hull (1-2) took the loss in relief.

Duensing settled down after the shaky first, pitching six innings giving up seven hits and striking our four. Reliever Phil Humber (1-3) picked up the win, pitching a scoreless seventh.

The two teams wrap up their three game series this afternoon (12:05pm) as RHP Charlie Zink (2-1, 3.09) throws for Pawtucket against LHP Francisco Liriano (0-0, 6.75) for Rochester.

BOX SCORE

PROJO REPORT

ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE REPORT

Game 26- PawSox vs. Red Wings, April 29, 2008

The PawSox look to make it two in a row on the road as they play game two of their three game series tonight (6:35pm) with the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field. The PawSox took game one, 8-6 last night. The PawSox will go with LHP Michael Tejera (1-2, 4.57) against LHP Brian Duensing (2-3, 2.40) for Rochester.

Here’s a few tidbits to get you ready for the action…

Pawtucket Red Sox (14-11)

With last night’s win the PawSox have assured themselves a winning April. The PawSox were 9-12 through April in 2007.

Tejera is coming off earning his first win of the season, pitching 6 innings and giving up only 1 run in the PawSox 3-1 win over Syracuse April 23rd.

Chris Carter enters the game with a four game hitting streak, through which he has batted .353 with two doubles and a triple.

Rochester Red Wings (12-13)

Deunsing is making his sixth start of the season tonight. He got his second win his last time out, an 8-2 Red Wings’ victory over Lehigh Valley. In that game Deunsing pitched 7 innings, giving up only one run on three hits.

OF Jason Pridie extended his hit streak to 15 games off of his 3 for 5 performance last night.

Game Wraps, April 28, 2008

Monday’s action across the International League shaped out like this…

RF Ben Francisco went 3 for 4, including a two run homer, in the Bisons‘ 5-2 victory over the Scranton Wilkes/Barre Yankees. RF Jason Cooper also had 3 hits, two of which were doubles. BOX

RF Randy Joyce also went 3 for 4 and drove in 4 runs as the Toledo Mud Hens swept the Indianapolis Indians 6-5. BOX

It took 17 innings to settle things in Louisville last night. The Columbus Clippers scored three times in the top pf the inning to escape with a 5-2 victory. BOX

The Richmond Braves scored five runs over the last two innings to overtake the Durham Bulls, 6-3. Rays star lefty Scott Kazmir, on a rehab assignment with the Bulls, threw five innings, giving up one run on three hits. BOX

The Norfolk Tides scored seven runs in the fifth inning in their 10-5 rout of the Charlotte Knights. BOX

PawSox Down Red Wings 8-6

The Pawtucket Red Sox offense became rejuvenated last night in Rochester, as they pounded out 12 hits in their 8-6 victory over the Red Wings.

Jeff Bailey, Joe Thurston, Chris Carter, Jonathan Van Every, and Gil Velazquez each had two hits for the PawSox. Newcomer Sandy Madera had one hit, a three run homer in the third. He drove in four in the game.

Bailey, Van Every, and Velazquez also drove in runs for Pawtucket. The other scored on a wild pitch.

PawSox starter David Pauley (2-1) pitched five innings, giving up only one run on six hits in picking up the win. He walked one and struck out three.

Edgar Martinez relieved Pauley in the sixth and gave up the other Rochester runs. The big blow came on a Darnell McDonald grand slam in the seventh. Jon Switzer and Lee Gronkiewicz pitched scoreless ball over the last 1 1/3 innings. Gronkiewicz earned his fifth save.

Rochester Starter Kevin Mulevy (2-2) had his worst start of the year, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up 7 earned runs. Casey Daigle surrendered the eighth PawSox run in relief.

LF Jason Pridie went 3 for 5 with three singles for Rochester. McDonald and 1B Randy Ruiz each had two hits.

The two teams play again tonight (6:35pm) at Frontier Field. LHP Michael Tejera (1-2, 4.57) goes for Pawtucket. LHP Brian Duensing (2-3, 2.40) takes the hill for Rochester.

BOX SCORE

PROJO REPORT

ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE REPORT

Game 25- PawSox vs. Red Wings, April 28, 2008

The PawSox look to right the ship tonight (6:35pm) as they head to Rochester to begin a three game series with the Red Wings. RHP David Pauley (1-1, 1.17) gets the start for Pawtucket. He’ll be opposed by RHP Kevin Mulvey (2-1, 1.16) for the Red Wings.

Here is some pre-game fodder…

Pawtucket Red Sox (13-11)

The PawSox enter the game in third place in the IL North, 3 1/2 games out of first place. They have struggled so far on the road, winning only three of ten away from McCoy.

Pauley makes his return to the PawSox rotation after making a spot start in Boston last week for the ailing Josh Beckett. Pauley’s last Triple A start came April 15th at Indianapolis. He took the hard luck loss, giving up only one run on four hits over six innings of work in the PawSox‘ 3-0 defeat.

1B Sandy Madera looks to build upon his 3 for 4 Triple A debut yesterday against Buffalo. He was signed by the Red Sox earlier this month and called up to Pawtucket Saturday after Brandon Moss was promoted to Boston. He is in his 11th professional season, having been a member of the A’s Yankees, Rockies, and Orioles organizations.

Rochester Red Wings (12-12)

The Red Wings currently sit in fourth place in the IL North, 4 1/2 games out of first and one game behind the PawSox.

Mulvey makes his fifth start of the season. He has been extremely effective…giving up a total of three earned runs over 20 innings of work.

OF Jason Pridie begins this week with a 14-game hitting streak, the longest in the IL this season. During that streak he has three doubles, four triples, a homer and 11 RBIs. 3B Brian Buscher holds the team lead in batting (.345) and home runs (4).

Former Twins’ pitching sensation Francisco Liriano has been optioned back to Rochester. Since being called up to Minnesota, he is 0-3 with a 11.32 ERA.

Game Wraps- April 27, 2008

It was a busy Sunday across the International League. Here’s what happened..

SS Paul Janish had a monster day for the Louisville Bats, going 4 for 4, including a grand slam and 6 RBI’s as the Bats pounded the Columbus Clippers 13-4. Jay Bruce also homered and drove in three for Louisville. BOX

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs drop to 3-21, falling to the Rochester Red Wings, 5-1. Rochester got back-to-back homers from 3B Chris Basak and C Eli Whiteside to break open a 1-1 tie in the seventh. BOX

Five Mud Hens collected two hits apiece as Toledo defeated Indianapolis at home, 7-1. BOX

DH Hector Giminez went 3 for 4 and drove in four runs in the Durham Bulls’ 11-4 win over the Charlotte Knights. BOX

The Norfolk Tides took a pair from the Richmond Braves, winning the delayed game from Saturday 5-3, then the regularly scheduled affair 8-4. GAME ONE BOX GAME TWO BOX

It was a pair of pitchers’ duels in Syracuse as the Chiefs and Yankees split a double header. Scranton Wilkes/Barre took game one 2-1 with Syracuse winning the night cap 2-0. GAME ONE BOX GAME TWO BOX