For those who graced McCoy Stadium for last night’s doubleheadder between the PawSox and the Charlotte Knights hoping for a lot of offense, they were disappointed. What they got instead was a pair of solid pitching performances and the teams splitting the two games. Charlotte took game one in 8 innings 1-0 while the PawSox took the nightcap 3-2.
The Knights took the opener on a solo home run by Josh Kroeger off PawSox reliever Hunter Jones (0-2).
The game was dominated by the shutout work of both pitching staffs. PawSox starter Kris Johnson had arguably his best outing of the season, giving up only two hits, three walks, and five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Randor Beird pitched 2 2/3 innings of shutout ball for Pawtucket. Charlotte’s John Van Benschoten threw five innings of scoreless ball while Adam Russell (1-2) threw three innings for the win.
The PawSox needed to come from behind to take game two. Chris Carter knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run homer, his fourth of the season. Pawtucket would take the lead in the fifth on an RBI double by Travis Denker.
The PawSox used a set of relivers to pitch in game two with Jose Vaquedano (4-1) earning the win.
Overall the PawSox offense continued to struggle, collecting a total of only 8 hits over the course of the doubleheadder.
The Knights and PawSox play game three of their four game set tonight at McCoy. John Smoltz will make his third rehab start for the PawSox. Clay Buchholz, who missed his start after Monday’s rainout, will follow Smoltz from the bullpen. Jack Egbert will pitch for Charlotte.
Luck is once again not on my side as I will be unable toi attend tonight’s game. Instead I will be at Fenway to catch the Red Sox battle the Marlins (as a fan, not in the press box)
NOTES: Bubba Bell made his PawSox debut last night, playing in both ends of the twin bill. He went a combined 0-3 with three walks.
GAME ONE BOX
GAME TWO BOX