Month: June 2009

Torres Perfect in Rain-Shortened Win Over the PawSox

Charlotte Knights pitcher Carlos Torres is credited with throwing a perfect game in the Knights 5-0 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox last night at McCoy in a game shortened to five innings due to rain.   The win earned Charlotte a split of the four game series.  Torres is the first International League pitcher to throw a five inning perfect game.

Torres (5-4) struck out five in retiring all 15 batters he faced.

The Knights scored all five runs off PawSox starter Charlie Zink (4-6) in the top of the fifth on a Keith Ginter bases loaded walk and a grand slam by Josh Kroeger.

The PawSox hit the road to begin a four game series tonight (7:05 pm) with the Durham Bulls in North Carolina.  Michael Bowden (3-3, 2.48 ERA)will pitch for Pawtucket.  He’ll be opposed by Wade Davis (6-4, 3.17 ERA) for the Bulls.




PawSox Split Pair With Knights

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.





PawSox Blog Video- Dan Hoard and Steve Hyder

Circumstances have kept me away from the site the last few days…and I’m sorry to say will continue to do so as I have work commitments this week then I’ll be away on vacation until June 30th.

One item I was able to accomplish was to sit down with PawSox broadcasters Dan Hoard and Steve Hyder.  Here is my report…

Thanks to Dan and Steve for their cooperation. I’ll have another video from the radio guys soon.

PawSox Edge Bulls, 2-1

Dusty Brown drove in the winning run with an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth as the PawSox edged the Durham Bulls last night 2-1.  The win earned a split of the four game series with Durham at McCoy.

With one out in the ninth Aaron Bates drove a double to left off Bulls pitcher Jason Childers (6-2).  Freddie Guzman came in to run for Bates.  Jonathan Van Every was walked intentionally before Brown doubled home the game winner to deep left.

The PawSox were once again bouyed by a solid pitching performance out of starter Clay Buchholz.  Although not as efficient as in his previous starts, Buchholz gave up only one run, a solo home run by John Jaso.  Buchholz pitched five innings, giving up 5 hits, walking 3 and striking out 2.  He threw 92 pitches, 51 for strikes.

Marcus McBeth, Hunter Jones, and Rocky Cherry worked scoreless ball the rest of the way with Cherry improving his record to 2-0.

Chris Carter, Chip Ambres, and Angel Chavez each had two hits to pace the PawSox.

The PawSox have Wednesday off as they head to Syracuse for a series with the Chiefs.  They begin the set with a doubleheadder on Thursday.  John Smoltz (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will make his second rehab start for the PawSox in the opener.  Charlie Zink (4-4, 3.67 ERA) will throw in the nightcap.

NOTES_ Jonathan Van Every returned to the PawSox after being on the disabled list with a left knee strain.  Van Every went 0 for 1 with three walks last night.




Bulls Edge PawSox 3-2

The formula remains the same for the Pawtucket Red Sox–good pitching, weak hitting, and a close loss.   The PawSox fell to the Durham Bulls last night 3-2 at McCoy.

The PawSox had their chances in the early going against Durham starter Wade Davis (6-3).  Pawtucket had two men on in the first and second and the bases loaded in the third but were unable to drive any runners in.

Enrique Gonzalez (5-6) pitched well for the PawSox, but suffered the loss.  He went 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits.  He walked 2, struck out 3, and gave up a solo home run to Bulls 2B Henry Mateo.

Returning to the line-up after sitting a couple of games with a sore hamstring, Chris Carter led all PawSox with 3 hits.   Newcomer Aaron Bates played first base and was 0 for 4 with an RBI.

The finale of the four game series and the homestand is tonight (7:05pm) as Clay Buchholz (4-0, 1.74 ERA) returns to the mound for Pawtucket.  He’ll be up against Carlos Hernandez (4-2, 3.30 ERA) for the Bulls.

NOTES:  As mentioned earlier Bates made his PawSox debut last night.  To make room for him on the roster, OF Sean Danielson was placed on the 7-day disabled list.




Bates to PawSox?

Kevin Thomas at the Portland Press Herald is reporting that Portland Sea Dogs outfielder Aaron Bates has been promoted to the PawSox.

Bates is off to a great start for the Sea Dogs, batting .340 with 7 home runs and 39 RBI’s.  He was named the Eastern League’s Offensive Player of the Month for May.  He comes to Pawtucket at a time when the offense is struggling.

No word on what corresponding roster move the PawSox will have to make to add Bates to the team.

PawSox/Bats Rained Out, Smoltz To Pitch Tomorrow

The PawSox and the Louisville Bats were rained out tonight at McCoy. Because it was the last scheduled game between the clubs this season the game will not be made-up.

Red Sox starter John Smoltz, slated to pitch in a rehab assignment with Pawtucket, will pitch tomorrow night (6:05pm) when the PawSox host the Durham Bulls.

Fate is not on my side again as I will be unable to return to McCoy tommorrow to catch Smoltz in action.  Bummer.  For those of you who will be there, enjoy the game!

Bats/PawSox Pre-Game Notes- June 5, 2009

It’s raining…the tarp is on the field, but all systems are still go that we’ll have baseball tonight as Red Sox starter John Smoltz makes his first PawSox rehab appearance as the Pawtucket Red Sox close out their four game series with the Louisville BLouisville Batsats.  I’m here so let’s do a preview. Here are the line-ups…

Louisville Bats (26-28, 2nd, IL West)

Drew Sutton 3B
Drew Stubbs CF
Darnell McDonald RF
Kevin Barker 1B
Wes Bankston DH
Danny Dorn LF
Louis Bolivar SS
Danny Richar
Craig Tatum C

Pawtucket Red Sox (28-25, 2nd IL East)

Jeff Bailey 1B
Travis Denker2B
Chris Carter DH
Dusty Brown C
Paul McAnulty LF
Chip Ambres RF
Gil Velazquez SS
Angel Chavez 3B
Freddie Guzman CF

Smoltz will be making his fourth rehab start in his return from shoulder surgery.  Over his first three starts Smoltz is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA.  He is expected to throw a maximum of 85 pitches tonight.

Since this is the last meeting of the season between the PawSox and the Bats, there will be a wait before the game is called.  We’ll be here to update you on the weather and/or the progress of the game.