Month: May 2009

Indians Bash PawSox 14-7

The PawSox offense finally scored some runs on Friday night, but the pitching staff was not up to the task in keeping its opponent’s bats in check.  Pawtucket fell to the Indianapolis Indians, 14-7 last night at Victory Field.

PawSox starter Enrique Gonzalez (5-4) struggled, giving up 8 runs (7 earned) on 9 hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched.  He walked one, struck out four, and gave up one home run.  Reliever Randor Baird did not fare any better, giving up 5 runs (only one earned) on 5 hits in 2/3 of an inning of work.  Jose Vaquedano was the pitching star of the night for Pawtucket, giving up only one unearned run on two hits over the last three innings of the game.

Pawtucket scored five times in the top of the third on an RBI double by Mark Kotsay, an RBI single by Carlos Maldonado, and a three-run homer by Paul McAnulty. They added a pair of runs in the ninth on a Chip Ambres RBI triple and a Maldonado sacrifice fly.

Both clubs combined for 27 hits.  Ambres, Maldonado, and Freddie Guzman had two hits apiece for the PawSox.  Garrett Jones (2 doubles, 1 RBI) and Steve Pearce (1 double, 1 RBI) each collected 4 hits for the Indians.  Neil Walker homered and drove in 4 runs while Brian Bixler doubled and drove in 3.

Indianapolis starter Daniel McCutchen (3-3) gave up five runs but was still able to pick up the win.

Game two of the four game series with the Indians is tonight (7:00pm).  Clay Buchholz (3-0, 1.30 ERA) will go for Pawtucket. Virgil Vazquez (4-2, 4.04 ERA) takes the hill for Indy.




PawSox Miss Opportunities, Fall to Bats 5-2

The Pawtucket Red Sox collected 14 hits but could not cash in, leaving 12 men on base in their loss to the Louisville Bats last night, 5-2 at Slugger Field.  The teams ended up splitting the four game series.

The game shaped up as potential pitching duel between the PawSox’ Michael Bowden and Louisville prospect Homer Bailey.  Both men pitched well, but not up to the level of consistency hoped for by their parent clubs.  Bowden worked 4 1/3 innings giving up six hits and two runs (one earned).  He did not figure in the decision.  Bailey (4-5) pitched long enough to earn the win, throwing 6 innings, giving up 11 hits and two runs.

Pawtucket reliever Billy Traber (2-3) took the loss.  Lefty Javier Lopez continues to struggle in his return to Pawtucket, giving up two runs, including a homer.  His ERA is now 13.50.

Chris Carter, Dusty Brown, Angel Chavez, Jonathan Van Every, and Travis Denker each had two hits for the PawSox.  Louisville LF Daniel Dorn went 3 for 4 with a homer and 2 RBI’s to pace the Bats.

Pawtucket travels to Indianapolis to open up a four game series tonight (7:15pm) with the Indians.  Enrique Gonzalez (5-3) starts for the PawSox.  He’ll be opposed by Daniel McCutchen (2-3) for Indy.




Zink, Relief Staff Stymie Bats

The Pawtucket Red Sox pitching staff once again put together a solid performance, allowing only one hit as the PawSox shut out the Louisville Bats, 2-0 this afternoon at Slugger Field.  It’s the second one-hit shutout thrown by the PawSox in three games against the Bats.

Starter Charlie Zink (4-4) worked well enough to shut down the Bats and earn the win.  He worked 7 1/3 innings, giving up the lone hit while walking 6 and striking out two.

Jose Vaquedano and Francisco Cabrera threw 1 2/3 perfect innings in closing out the game.  Cabrera earned his 9th save of the season.

Pawtucket got all the runs they needed on a RBI single by C John Otness in the second and a sacrifice fly by 3B Angel Chavez in the seventh.  Otness was the lone PawSox player to collect two hits.

The finale of the four game set is tomorrow night (7:05pm) and shapes up to be a great match-up.  The PawSox send Michael Bowden (2-2, 1.64 ERA) to the mound, opposed by Reds phenom Homer Bailey (3-5, 4.57 ERA) for the Bats.



Bats Get Best of Johnson, PawSox

The Louisville Bats jumped on Pawtucket starter Kris Johnson early then held on to defeat the PawSox 7-5 last night at Slugger Field.

The Bats roughed up Johnson for all 7 runs (5 earned) over 2 2/3 innings.  Johnson (2-6) gave up 9 hits while walking one and striking out four.  His ERA ballooned to 7.41.

At the plate the PawSox did hammer out 13 hits, with Sean Danielson, Paul McAnulty, Angel Chavez, and Travis Denker collecting two hits each.  Jonathan Van Every belted a two-run home run in the 8th inning, his 4th homer of the season.

Louisville RF Norris Hooper went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s to pace the Bats.  Louisville starter Adsam Pettyjohn (1-5) pitched 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win.

The PawSox and Bats play matinee (11:05am) today in game three of the series.  Charlie Zink (3-4, 4.36 ERA) throws for the PawSox against Matt Maloney (3-2, 2.28 ERA) for the Bats.




Buchholz Near Perfection Paces PawSox Win

Pawtucket Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz took a perfect game into the ninth inning, giving up only one hit in the PawSox’ 3-0 victory over the Louisville Bats last evening in Kentucky.

Bats’ 2B Danny Richar lined the first pitch of the ninth to left for a clean single to break up the perfect game.  Buchholz then resettled into his groove, retiring the next three batters to preserve the one-hitter and the shutout.

For the game Buchholz struck out 7 and walked no one.  He threw only 96 pitches, 70 for strikes.  He lowered his ERA to an I.L. best 1.30.

The PawSox gave Buchholz all the run support he would need in the sixth on back-to-back solo home runs by Dusty Brown and Paul McAnulty off Louisville starter Ramon Ramirez.  Brown finished the day going 3 for 4.  Travis Denker added two hits while Sean Danielson drove in Pawtucket’s third run.

The two teams continue their series tonight (7:05 pm) in Louisville with the PawSox sending Kris Johnson to the mound. He’ll be opposed by Adam Pettyjohn for the Bats.




The I.L.’s Haves and the Rest

I have been away at a business meeting and was unable to see any of the PawSox’ games against the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees this weekend at McCoy.  I guess that’s a good thing.

Just by looking at the scores and reading the reports it’s clear to me that the Yankees may be well on their way to repeating as Governor’s Cup Champions.  (NOTE: Norfolk enters the day with the same number of losses as the Yankees with 14) Their 34 runs over the four game set against one of the best pitching staffs in the league (the PawSox had been 2nd in the IL in ERA when the series began, they are now 4th) shows us, at least at this juncture of the season, that there is quite a distance between these two IL North rivals.

Meanwhile the PawSox offense seems stuck in neutral.  They are next to last in team batting average (.223, only Buffalo is worse) and on-base percentage (.307, again Buffalo is last).  The Red Sox philosophy of high batting average and high on-base percentage is not playing out so far for Pawtucket.

The good thing for the PawSox is that there are three months of games still remaining.  And they don’t play the Yankees again until July 2nd.

Chavez Homer Propels PawSox Over Bisons, 4-3

PawSox 3B Angel Chavel launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead Pawtucket to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Bisons this afternoon at McCoy.  With the win the PawSox took 3 out of 4 from Buffalo.

Pawtucket starter Clay Buchholz entered the game with a 21 1/3 scoreless streak.  He could not keep the streak going, earning a no decision while giving up 3 runs on 7 hits over 4 1/3 innings.  Buchholz gave up a pair of solo homer runs to Bisons LF Francisco Martinez.  Buchholz walked 2 and struck out 5.

PawSox reliever Fernando Cabrera continued to shine, pithing a scoreless ninth inning for his seventh save of the season.

Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis was in the Pawtucket line-up once again as part of his rehab assignment.  He went 0-4 with a strikeout.  He is expected to return to the Sox tomorrow.

Chavez led all PawSox batters with three  hits.  SS Iggy Suarez added a pair of hits including a solo homer.   Chris Carter also had two hits.  RF Sean Danielson also drove in a run.

The PawSox have a rare off day tomorrow before hosting first place Scranton-Wilkes Barre in the first of a four game set Thursday night (7:05pm).  RHO George Kontos (1-1, 3.38 ERA) is slated to start for the Yankees.  He’ll be opposed by LHP Chris Johnson (2-4, 6.12 ERA) for the PawSox.


Bisons Make Late Run on PawSox 9-2

The Pawtucket Red Sox held the lead early in their game with the Buffalo Bisons last night at McCoy before a 6-run seventh inning turned the tide and gave the Herd a 9-2 win.

The story of this game was not the loss, but the first of two rehab starts for Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis.  He went 0 for 2 with a walk and strikeout.  You can read more on his outing here.

The PawSox took a 2-0 lead after two on a two-run double by 3B Angel Chavez.

PawSox starter Enrique Gonzalez (5-2) began the game well, giving up single runs in the fourth and sixth before the floor gave way in the seventh.  Gonzalez ended up giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on seven hits.  He walked one and struck out six.

Chris George came on in relief of Gonzalez and gave up  three runs. None were earned as the Pawtucket defense made two errors in the inning.  Rocky Cherry came in and gave up a single run in the ninth.

Chavez and C John Ottness has two hits apiece for the PawSox.

The teams wrap up their series this afternoon (12:05pm) at McCoy.  Brandon Knight (2-3, 4.03 ERA) throws for the Bisons.  He’ll be opposed by Clay Buchholz (2-0, 1.03 ERA) for the PawSox.




PawSox Earn Win in Eleven, 3-2

The Pawtucket Red Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to come away with a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Bisons this afternoon at McCoy.  The PawSox have now won two straight.

The Bisons took a 2-0 lead in the top of the 11th as 2B Argenis Reyes belted a 2-run homer into the right field bullpen off PawSox reliever Jose Vaquedano.

In the home half of the 11th, Paul McAnulty led off with a double to right.  He advanced to third on a single by Travis Denker.  Angel Chavez drove in McAnulty with a single to right.  After Sandy Madera loaded the bases with a single, Freddie Guzman tied the game at 2-2 with an RBI single past short.  The winning run scored on a based loaded walk to Jonathan Van Every.

The first ten innings of the game were dominated by outstanding pitching by both clubs.  PawSox starter Michael Bowden again was masterful, throwing eight scoreless innings, giving up only three hits while walking four and striking out seven.  He lowered his ERA to 0.86.

The Bisons were not to be outdone as starter Dillon Gee threw shutout ball for 6 1/3 innings.  He also gave up only three hits, walking five and striking out eight.

New PawSox reliever Javier Lopez made his debut by throwing a perfect ninth.  Vaquedano (2-1) picked up the win.

NOTES: Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis will be making a pair of rehab appearances tomorrow and Tuesday at McCoy.  Youkilis has been on the disabled list since May 5th with a strained oblique.  He is expected to DH one game and play 1B the other.  He may be activated by the Sox as early as Wednesady.

Unfortunately my work schedule will preclude me from attending Youkilis’ rehab starts.  Bummer.




PawSox Snap Scoreless Streak, Beat Bisons 3-2

PAWTUCKET-  The Pawtucket Red Sox broke a three game scoreless streak, coming from behind to beat the Buffalo Bisons 3-2 tonight at McCoy.  The PawSox had gone 39 1/3 consecutive innings without scoring a run.

Pawtucket trailed 2-0 before tallying three times in the bottom of the sixth.  With one out Jonathan Van Every and Chip Ambres reached with a pair of singles.  Chris Carter then drove a 1-0 pitch off the enter field fence for a two run double tying the game at 2-2.  Two batters later DH Paul McAnulty drove in Carter with a single to center to break the tie.

“It’s fitting” said PawSox Manager Ron Johnson, “Carter came up with a big hit, (McAnulty) drove him in.  I could see how our guys reacted.  They were very relieved.  We all were.”

“When you’re shut out three in a row, it gets a little edgy.” said Johnson, “Hopefully this will relax everybody and we can get back to business as usual.”

Buffalo had a chance to tie the game in the top of the eighth.  LF Fernando Martinez led off with a walk and advanced to third on a stolen base and an error by PawSox catcher Dusty Brown.  Martinez was then cut down at home trying to score on a fly ball to left on a great throw by Chip Ambres and a great block of the plate by Brown.

PawSox starter Charlie Zink (2-4) picked up the win. He worked six innings, giving up six hits, walking three and striking out four.  He threw 91 pitches, 59 for strikes.

The only trouble inning for Zink came in the top of the third.  With one out, Fernando Martinez singled to the mound and advanced to third on a throwing error by Zink.  Former Red Sox outfielder Wily Mo Pena drove in Martinez with a double to the gap in right center.  After Zink threw a wild pitch sending Pena to third, 1B Javier Valentin drove him in with a single to left.

“Charlie did a real nice job.” said Johnson,

Billy Traber, Marcus McBeth, and Fernando Cabrera (6th save) pitched scoreless relief behind Zink to close the game

Buffalo starter and former PawSox pitcher Kyle Snyder (0-4) pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up three runs on seven hits in taking the loss.  He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

Every member of the Pawtucket line-up had one hit.

Pena led the Bisons with three hits on a single and two doubles.

Game two of the four game set with the Bisons is set for tomorrow afternoon (1:05pm) .  RHP Dillon Gee (1-3, 4.26 ERA) pitches for Buffalo.  He’ll be opposed by Michael Bowden (2-1, 1.06 ERA) for the PawSox.