Month: July 2009

Indians Lead PawSox, 6-1 After Six

The Indianapolis Indians have taken advantage of sloppy Pawtucket pitching as they lead the PawSox 6-1 after six innings at McCoy.

PawSox starter Charlie Zink was ineffective in 4 2/3 innings of work.  He gave up four runs on four hits.  Zink also had control issues, walking seven and hitting four others.

Jose Vaquedano worked 2/3 of an inning giving up two runs on two hits.  He walked two and struck out no one.

Pawtucket’s sole run came in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run to right by Travis Denker, his fourth of the season.

PawSox/Indians Scoreless After Three

The PawSox and Indianapolis Indians are scoreless through three innings tonight at McCoy.

Pawtucket had a chance to score in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with one out.  But Paul McAnulty struck out and Chris Carter lined to 2B Shelby Ford to end the inning.

PawSox starter Charlie Zink has yet to allow a hit through three innings, but he has been anything but stellar.  He has walked five and hit two batters.  With one out Zink loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter in the first, but then forced 3B Neil Walker to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.  Zink has already thrown 59 pitches, onl;y 23 for strikes.

Other Notes

A couple of other tidbits I left out of the pre-game notes…

With Dusty Brown away from the team on a brief paternity leave, The PawSox re-activated Carlos Maldonado who will serve in the role of back-up catcher.

RJ remains positive on the prospects of starter Kris Johnson, who fell to 3-10 with last night’s 9-5 loss to Indy.  Johnson said Triple A is still a learning experience for the young lefty, and he believes Kris Johnson has the stuff to make it in the major leagues.

“When it all comes togteher, you’re gonna get something special” said RJ.

Indians vs. PawSox- July 17, 2009 Game Preview

The PawSox try to right the ship again tonight as they host the Indianapolis Indians in game two of their four-game set at McCoy.  Indy took game one 9-5 last night.   Pawtucket looks to snap a six game losing streak with a win tonight.

Tonight Tom Gorzelanny (3-3, 2.77 ERA) gets the call for Indianapolis.  Charlie Zink (4-9, 5.14 ERA) will throw for the PawSox.

Here are the line-ups…

INDIANPOLIS (42-49, 3rd in IL West)

Brian Bixler SS
Lastings Milledge LF
Robinson Diaz C
Steve Pearce 1B
Neil Walker 3B
Brian Morrow RF
Lance Broadway DH
Shelby Ford 2B
Chris Barnwell CF

PAWTUCKET (43-45, 4th in IL North)

Freddy Guzman CF
Ivan Ochoa SS
Paul McAnulty DH
Chris Carter RF
Mark Wagner C
Travis Denker 2B
Bubba Bell LF
Gil Velazquez 1B
Angel Chavez 3B

Zink has had a rough few outings just before the All-Star break.  He has gone 0-3 in his last three starts with an ERA of 8.47.  On the other hand Gorzellany has had some bad luck in his last two starts.  He is 0-2 but with an ERA of only 0.68.

Aaron Bates is headed back to Pawtucket after being optioned by Boston following the return tonight of 3B Mike Lowell.  PawSox Manager Ron Johnson said Bates is expected to be in the clubhouse before the game but is not in the starting line-up.  Johnson did say that there is a good chance Bates may see some action off the bench tonight.

Jed Lowrie is not in the PawSox clubhouse, no doubt en route to Toronto to join the Red Sox in time for tomorrow’s game with the Blue Jays.  Although no official word has come from Boston, Lowrie is expected to officially be re-instated tomorrow.

PawSox catcher Dusty Brown left last night’s game to be with his wife Jordan who went into labor to deliver their first son.  Word in the clubhouse was that Master Brown was born late this afternoon.  Congratulations!

I am once again firmly seated in the McCoy press box and will provide updates throughout the game.  Please check back.

Indians Rattle PawSox 9-5

PAWTUCKET-  The All-Star break did little to revitalize the PawSox offense.  But it appeared to do wonders for the Indianapolis Indians.

Indianapolis collected 18 hits as they dominated Pawtucket 9-5 tonight at McCoy.  The loss is Pawtucket’s sixth straight and nine out of their last ten.

The game was not as close as the score indicated as the PawSox banged out five hits and plated four runs in the bottom of the ninth off Indianapolis reliever Chris Bootcheck.

“It was a tough right up until the ninth inning.” said PawSox Manager Ron Johnson,  “It was just one of those games where we didn’t establish any momentum offensively early.”

It was a tough outing for PawSox starter Kris Johnson (3-10).   He allowed the lead-off man to reach in each of his first four innings.  All four would score.  Among them was a solo homer by Ford in the top of the fourth.  Johnson worked five innings, giving up four runs on 11 hits.  He walked one and struck our six.  He threw 92 pitches, 66 for strikes.

T.J. Large made his PawSox debut, pitching a scoreless sixth inning, not allowing a hit while walking two.

Hunter Jones worked two innings, giving up three runs on four hits. He struck out three while walking no one.

Marcus McBeth worked the ninth and gave up two runs on a solo home run to RF Tagg Bozied and a two-out single to SS Brian Bixler.

Every member of Indianapolis line-up had at least one hit.  Ford and 1B Steve Pearce had three hits apiece.  Pearce also drove in two runs for Indy.

RF Bubba Bell, 2B Travis Denler, 3B Angel Chavez, and SS jed Lowrie collected RBI’s for the PawSox.

Indianapolis starter Ian Snell (2-1) excelled in his fourth consecutive outing since being sent down to Triple A by the Pirates.  He worked  innings 6 1/3 innings giving up one unearned run on two hits.  He walked five and struck out seven.

Game two of the series is tomorrow night (7:05 PM).  Tom Gorzelanny (3-3, 2.77 ERA) will pitch for Indianapolis.  Charlie Zink (4-9, 5.14 ERA) will throw for the PawSox.


Indians Lead PawSox 4-1 Through Four

The Indianapolis Indians lead the PawSox 4-1 through for innings tonight at McCoy.

The Indians have had their way with PawSox starter Kris Johnson.  Every member of the Indians’ starting line-up has at least one hit.  Johnson has given up 11 hits through four, including a solo home run to 2B Shelby Ford.

The PawSox scored their run in the bottom of the fourth on an fielding error by Ford.  Pawtucket has only two hits through four innings.

Indians vs. PawSox- July 16, 2009 Game Preview

The All-Star break is over and it’s time to begin the unofficial second half of the season for the PawSox.  They do so by opening a four game series tonight with the Indianapolis Indians.

Ian Snell (1-1, 0.45 ERA) starts for the Indians.  He’ll be opposed by lefty Kris Johnson (3-9, 6.14 ERA) for the PawSox.

The PawSox enter the game losers of five in a row and 8 of their last 9.  At 43-44 they are below .500 for the first time this season.

Here are the line-ups…

INDIANPOLIS (41-49, 3rd in IL West)

Brian Bixler SS
Lastings Milledge LF
Robinson Diaz C
Steve Pearce 1B
Neil Walker 3B
Tagg Bozied RF
Hector Giminez DH
Shelby Ford 2B
Chris Barnwell CF

PAWTUCKET (43-44, 4th in IL North)

Freddy Guzman CF
Jed Lowrie SS
Paul McAnulty LF
Chris Carter DH
Dusty Brown C
Bubba Bell RF
Jeff Natale 1B
Travis Denker 2B
Angel Chavez 3B

Johnson is looking to turn his fortunes around after going 0-3 over his last three starts.  His last victory came June 21st at Durham.

Jed Lowrie is back with the PawSox after spending the last two nights playing at Lowell.  Red Sox officials say Lowrie may be activated off the disabled list as early as Saturday.  Lowrie says his timing is getting better every day and will await a determination from the Sox on when he will return.

I am at McCoy and will provide updates throughout the night.  The game will also be telecast on NESN beginning at 7:00pm.

PawSox Enter Break With Loss

The All-Star break could not come at a better time for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The PawSox head into the break losers of five in a row and 8 of their last nine, losing to the Syracuse Chiefs this afternoon at McCoy 5-4.  At 43-44 the PawSox are also under .500 for the first time this season.

PawSox All-Star Clay Buchholz (7-2) was not sharp, giving up all five runs (four earned) on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.  He walked one and struck out three.

Syracuse starter Colin Balester (7-8) pitched just well enough to earn the win.  He pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits.

Freddie Guzman collected two hits, including a homer, and drove in two runs to pace the PawSox offensive attack.  Angel Chavez also had two hits and drove in a run.

PawSox relievers Fernando Cabrera and Jose Vaquedano will represent the PawSox at the Triple A All-Star Game Wednesday in Portland, OR.

The PawSox return to action Thursday night (7:05 PM) when they open a four game series against the Indianapolis Indians.



PawSox Lose Slugfest to Chiefs

For the last three games the PawSox had trouble getting hits.  They got plenty of hits last night, but the results are the same.

The PawSox banged out 14 hits, but were undone by a early run barrage and fell to the Syracuse Chiefs, 8-7.

PawSox starter Charlie Zink (4-9) gave up all 8 Syracuse runs in the first three innings of the game.  They key blows for the Chiefs were off the bat of CF Justin Maxwell, who belted a pair of solo home runs.  3B Mike Morse also belted a homer and drove in three.  Zink did settle down to pitch 6 innings, giving up 9 hits while walking 3 and striking our one.

Chiefs starter Shairon Martis struggled as the PawSox chipped away at the Syracuse lead.  Martis lasted only two innings, giving up five runs on six hits.

Chris Carter belted a homer and drove in three runs for the PawSox.  Angel Chavel had three hits and also drove in three.  Jed Lowrie had arguably his best rehab start, going 3 for 5 with a double.

Pawtucket has now lost seven of their last eight games.  The two teams wrap-up their two game series, and the first have of the season this afternoon (1:05 pm) at McCoy.  Clay Buchholz (7-1, 2.11 ERA) will pitch for the PawSox.  He’ll be opposed by Colin Balester (6-8, 4.14 ERA) for Syracuse.