Month: June 2008

Game 86- PawSox vs. Chiefs, June 30, 2008

The PawSox begin the first game of a short two-game series in Syracuse tonight (7:00 pm) against the Chiefs. Clay Buchholz (3-1, 1.87 ERA) toes the mound for Pawtucket. He’ll be opposed by Davis Romero (3-5, 3.48 ERA) for the Chiefs.

Here is a brief look at tonight’s contest…

Pawtucket Red Sox (53-32)

The PawSox continue to ride high after taking two of three in Rochester against the Red Wings. Pawtucket has won 9 of its last 10 and and 13 of 15 and have opened a 5 game lead over Scranton/Wilkes Barre in the IL’s North Division. This the eighth game of the season between these two clubs with the PawSox holding a 4-3 edge.

Buchholz enters tonight’s contest a winner in his last three starts. Over that stretch he has allowed only one earned run on 12 hits in 17 2/3 innings.

In news off the field, PawSox starter Davern Hansack today was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week. Hansack was 2-0 for the week, pitching a total of 15 scoreless innings in victories over Richmond and Rochester. After a slow start to the season Hansack is currently enjoying a 23-inning consecutive scoreless streak.

(Syracuse Chiefs 45-37)

The Chiefs enter the game treading water, with a 4-6 in their last 10 games.

Romero makes his 17th start of the season tonight. He has won his last two starts, giving up only two earned runs in his last 12 2/3 innings of work.

IF Hector Luna enters the game with a 8-game hitting streak. OF-DH Matt Watson has hit in seven straight.

Game Wraps- June 29, 2008

It was another busy Sunday across the International League. Here are the results of all the action..

Five Buffalo Bisons drove in runs as they beat the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees, 7-5 at Dunn Tire Park. BOX.

Chris Roberson drove in two runs, one of which was a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth as the Norfolk Tides beat the Charlotte Knights, 5-4. BOX

Every member of the Syracuse starting line-up got one hit to lead the Chiefs to a 6-3 win over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. BOX

Jon Weber drove in four runs to lead the Durham Bulls to a 5-1 win over the Richmond Braves. BOX

Austin Kearns drove in four runs, but it was Ryan Langerhans’ two run double in the bottom of the ninth that lead the Columbus Clippers to a 6-5 win over the Indianapolis Indians. BOX

Drew T. Anderson homered and drove in three runs to pace the Louisville Bats over the Toledo Mud Hens, 4-2. BOX

Van Every Powers PawSox Past Red Wings

Jonathan Van Every is really going to miss Rochester.

The PawSox center fielder tied a team record by belting three homers in the PawSox‘ 10-0 whitewash of the Rochester Red Wings in a game shortened to eight innings due to rain. It’s Van Every’s fourth homer in the last two games against the Red Wings.

Van Every’s three homers accounted for five of Pawtucket’s runs. The other runs also came courtesy of the long ball with Jed Lowrie (4 RBI’s) tallying two homers while Gil Velazquez added a solo shot.

No Rochester pitcher was spared from giving up a homer. Starter Brian Duensing (4-8) gave up a pair of two-run homers, to Lowrie in the first and Van Every in the fifth. Casey Daigle gave up three homers, solo taters to Velazquez and Van Every and a two run shot by Lowrie, all in the seventh inning. Julio DePaula surrendered Van Every’s third blast, a two-run bomb in the eighth.

Lost in all the offensive fireworks was the job on the mound put in by PawSox starting pitcher Davern Hansack (4-8). With his seven innings of scoreless ball Hansack has now not allowed an earned run over his last 23 consecutive innings. He held the Red Wings to only two hits, striking out eight and walking no one. Jose Vaquedano pitched 2/3 of an inning in the eighth before the game was halted by rain.

With the win the PawSox now have a 5 game lead over Scranton in the IL’s North Division. Pawtucket heads to Syracuse to open a two game series tomorrow night (7:00pm) with the Chiefs. Clay Buchholz (3-1, 1.87) will throw for Pawtucket against lefty Davis Romero (3-5, 3.48) for the Chiefs.

And in case your wondering, Van Every will be able to celebrate a return to Rochester for two games in late August.

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Game Wraps- June 26, 2008

Here are the results of the rest of the action from around the International League…

The Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees snapped their brief two-game losing streak, up ending the Columbus Clippers, 7-4. Cody Ransom belted a homer and drove in four runs for the Yankees. BOX

The Buffalo Bisons scored five runs in the second on their way to a 7-3 win over the Indianapolis Indians. BOX

SS Mike Rouse went 4 for 5 with a pair of RBI’s to pace the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs to a 10-8 win over the Durham Bulls. BOX

Jason Pridie went 4 for 4 as the Rochester Red Wings beat the Louisville Bats, 4-1. BOX

Three Charlotte Knights’ players collected two hits apiece of their way to a 6-5 win over the Norfolk Tides. BOX

The Toledo Mud Hens scored all their runs in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings on their way to a 10-5 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. BOX

PawSox Complete Sweep of Braves, 4-1

Fans of the PawSox have been treated to some quality ball, especially over this last 8-game home stand. Pawtucket won their season-high seventh straight game last night, sweeping the Richmond Braves 4-1 before over 8,000 fans at McCoy.

The PawSox broke up a 1-1 tie by scoring three times in the bottom of the seventh. With one out Jeff Bailey singled to left center off Braves reliever Matt DeSalvo (2-7). After Joe Thurston followed with a walk, Jed Lowrie banged a two-run double to left center. Three batters later Lowrie would score on an RBI single to center by Bryan Pritz.

Other than the late game heroics at the plate, the story of the game was the solid pitching performance, once again, from PawSox starter David Pauley. Pauley improved his record to 10-2, tying him for the league lead in wins. Over seven innings Pauley gave up only four hits. He struck out a season-high nine batters and walked only two.

Pauley gave up the Braves’ lone run in the top of the first. Lead-off man Josh Anderson belted the first pitch of the game for a single. He advanced to second when Pauley committed a throwing error on a pick-off attempt at first. Anderson would score three batters later on a Barbaro Canizares ground out. Despite the bad start Pauley was able to retain his composure and pitch scoreless ball the rest of the night.

Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin, on a rehab assignment with Pawtucket, pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Hunter Jones struck out two in a scoreless ninth, picking-up the save.

Chris Carter and Pritz had two hits apiece for the PawSox. Carl Loadenthal had a pair of hits for the Braves.

After a 7-1 home stand the PawSox play their next five games away from McCoy, beginning with a three game set tonight (7:05 pm) at Rochester. RHP Edgar Martinez (2-1, 4.22) will throw for the PawSox against Red Wings RHP Danny Graves (3-2, 5.40).

I will be away from the computer all weekend, so no updates until possibly late Sunday. Enjoy!

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Game 82- Braves vs. PawSox, June 26, 2008

There’s not much to complain about when it comes to the play of the PawSox. They look for the four game sweep tonight (7:05 pm) as they host the Richmond Braves at McCoy. LHP Chuck James (3-2, 1.88) goes for Richmond, opposed by RHP David Pauley (9-2, 3.78) for the PawSox.

I am once again away from the stadium for tonight’s game. Here is a brief preview…

Richmond Braves (38-42)

The Braves have been dominated by the PawSox the last few nights and are looking for a little consistency in trying to salvage the final game of the series.

James makes his eighth start of the season, He won his last two starts, giving up a total of four runs in 12 innings of work.

Pawtucket Red Sox (50-31)

The PawSox look to complete the 8-game home stand at 7-1 if they can get the win tonight. They are winners of six straight and hold not only the best record on the International League, but the best mark in all of Triple A baseball.

Pauley, arguably one of the aces of the PawSox staff, makes his 15th start. He won his last outing, pitching seven innings and giving up two runs against Columbus

Game Wraps- June 25, 2008

Here are the results from the rest of the International League from yesterday…

Four Columbus Clippers had two hits each as they won their second in a row over the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees, 5-1. BOX

Jon Knott belted a three-run homer to break a 1-1 tie in the eighth to lead the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs to a 4-3 win over the Durham Bulls. BOX

Three Indianapolis Indian pitchers combined to allow only one-hit in their 5-0 shutout of the Buffalo Bisons. Steve Pearce belted a pair of solo homers to pace the Indy attack. BOX

The Rochester Red Wings and Louisville Bats combined for 28 hits and 18 runs with the Red Wings coming out on top of a 10-8 score. BOX

The Norfolk Tides scored three runs in the sixth and eighth innings to upend the Charlotte Knights, 6-1. BOX

Matt Watson and Kevin Mench each homered and drove in a combined five runs to lead the Syracuse Chiefs over the Toledo Mud Hens 8-2. BOX

Buchholz, PawSox Handle Braves, 10-1

PAWTUCKET- Clay Buchholz was once again spectacular on the mound and the offense hammered out 13 hits, as the PawSox had little trouble handling the Richmond Braves, 10-1, tonight at McCoy.

Buchholz pitched 6 2/3 innings. He gave up five hits, striking out seven and walking two. His only blemish came in the top of the seventh when he surrendered a lead-off homer to Braves 1B Barbaro Canizares. That run ended a 17-inning scoreless streak by Buchholz dating back to his last two starts.

“He pitched tonight”, said PawSox Manager Ron Johnson, “I liked the composure on the mound. When he needed to make a quality pitch he did it.”

“I felt like I got a lot more confidence now than I had about a month and a half ago” said Buchholz, “Just knowing that I can throw it to get an out when I need to is basically what I’m supposed to be doing right now.”

Buchholz was helped by a pair of slick double plays made behind him in the field…one from Joe Thurston in the fourth and another by Sean Danielson in the fifth.

There was no lack of offensive heroes for the PawSox tonight. Bryan Pritz drove in three runs, going 3 for 4 with two doubles. George Kottaras (2 for 4) drove in a pair of runs on two solo homers. Chris Carter (3 for 4) also drove in a pair. Keith Ginter extended his hitting streak to six games with a 2 for 5 night at the plate.

The PawSox began their offensive onslaught with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second off Braves starter Jerome Gamble (0-2). Chris Carter led off with a single and advanced to third on a double by Keith Ginter. After Kottaras grounded out to first, Bryan Pritz laced a double to left, plating Carter and Ginter..

Control problems did in Gamble and the Braves in the bottom of the fourth as Pawtucket added five runs. With one out Kottaras belted his 13th homer of the season deep down the right field line. Pritz followed with his second double of the game. Gamble then walked three of the next four batters to force in a run.

Gamble was replaced by Zach Schreiber, who didn’t fare much better, giving up another bases loaded walk, to Jed Lowrie, and a two run single to Chris Carter.

Kottaras added his second homer of the game off Schreiber in the bottom of the fifth.

The PawSox added more two runs in the seventh off Braves relievers Jeff Ridgeway and Jorge Julio. Carter led off with a walk Ginter singled and Kottaras walked to load the bases. Pritz drove in his third run on a single to center, scoring Carter. After Sean Danielson struck out Ginter scored on an infield single by Jonathan Van Every.

Eric Hull and Lincoln Holdzkom pitched in relief of Buchholz and pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

Canizares and LF Carl Loadenthal had two hits apiece for the Braves

With the win, combined with another Scranton/Wilkes Barre loss, the PawSox are now three games on top of the IL North Division.

The two clubs wrap up the series tomorrow night (7:05 pm). LHP Chuck James (3-2, 1.88) starts for Richmond. He’ll be opposed by RHP David Pauley (9-2, 3.78) for the PawSox.

NOTES: The Red Sox have announced that reliever Mike Timlin will make a rehab appearance tomorrow night with the PawSox at McCoy. He is expected to throw one inning.

The PawSox have had unbelievable success against the Braves. Along with taking the first three games of this series, the PawSox are 23-5 against Richmond dating back to 2004.

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