Month: May 2010

PawSox Score Late Again, Beat Knights

For the fourth time in five games the Pawtucket Red Sox scored in the late innings to earn a win.  Today the PawSox broke a 1-1 tie by scoring three runs in the eighth to come away with a 4-1 victory over the Charlotte Knights.

Both teams were locked into a pitcher’s duel before the PawSox took the lead, scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh on a Gustavo Molina RBI single.

After the Knights tied it in the top of the eighth, Niuman Romero led off the PawSox eighth by reaching on a bunt single off Charlotte reliever Greg Aquino (0-3). Romero was sacrificed to second by Angel Chavez and advanced to third on a wild pitch.  After Daniel Nava grounded out and Lars Anderson walked, Romero scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Aaron Bates.  Josh Reddick then drove in Anderson and Bates with a double to right.

This game started out as a pitcher’s duel with both Charlotte’s Carlos Torres and the PawSox Michael Bowden matching each other by holding the other team scoreless through six. Bowden, although not getting the decision, held the Knights to four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out seven.  Torres gave up one run and struck out ten over 6 1/3 innings of work.

T.J. Large (2-0) got the win in relief.  Robert Manuel picked-up the save.

Game two of the four game series is tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Jeff Marquez (4-4, 4.61 ERA) goes for the Knights.   Boof Bonser (0-2,8.03 ERA) will start for the PawSox.

NOTES: It looks like former PawSox outfielder Jonathan Van Every will not be coming back to McCoy.  Re-acquired earlier season from the Pirates when Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury went down with injuries, Van Every was traded back to Pittsburgh today in exchange for minor league catcher Josue Peley.


PawSox Rally Again to Beat Tides

For the third time in their series with the Norfolk Tides the Pawtucket Red Sox came from behind to notch a win.  The PawSox scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to come away with a 5-4 win and three of four games in the series.

With one out and trailing 4-3, Aaron Bates got things started with a single off Tides reliever Kam Mickolio (1-2).  Niuman Romero ran for Bates and scored the tying run on a RBI double to left by Josh Reddick.  Two batters later Reddick scored the game winner on an RBI single to right by Jorge Jimenez.

The PawSox scored two runs in the first on a two-run homer by Daniel Nava.  Their other run came in the fifth on an Angel Sanchez sacrifice fly.

PawSox starter Kris Johnson put together another strong outing but was hurt by three PawSox errors.  Johnson did not give up an earned run in seven innings of work.  He surrendered six hits, walking one and striking out six.

Dustin Richardson (2-0) gave up two runs in the eighth to give the Tides the lead but was credited with the win.  Fernando Cabrera notched his seventh save of the season.

The Charlotte Knights are in town for the first of four games beginning this afternoon (1:05 p.m.).  Carlos Torres (3-5, 3.92 ERA) starts for Charlotte.  He will face Michael Bowden (1-2, 5.93 ERA) for the PawSox.


PawSox Catch Tides 7-2

For the second time in this series with the Norfolk Tides the PawSox provided the fans at McCoy some late game heroics.  Pawtucket scored four runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to overtake Nolfolk 7-2 last night at McCoy.

Entering the bottom of the seventh trailing 2-0 Dusty Brown led off the inning with a single and scored the PawSox’ first run on a double by Jorge Jimenez.  After Bubba Bell lined out, Tug Huelett singled and Angel Sanchez walked to load the bases.  Daniel Nava then grounded to Tides 2B Blake Davis which should have resulted in an inning-ending double play.  As Davis attempted to tag Sanchez in front of him, the ball was jarred loose and Jimenez scored to tie the game.  Lara Anderson then delivered a two-run double to give Pawtucket the 4-2 edge.

The PawSox  added three runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Bell and Sanchez and a ground out by Nava.

Hulett, Sanchez, Anderson, Brown, and Bell each had two hits for the PawSox.

Pawtucket was kept in the game on a strong pitching performance by starter Adam Mills.  Mills gave up only one earned run on six hits over six innings.  He struck out two and did not walk a batter.

Fabio Castro (3-4) got the win in relief.  Robert Manuel picked-up the save.

The PawSox have won two of the three games of this series thus far. The series concludes tonight at 6:05 p.m.  Armando Gabino (2-0, 1.50 ERA) throws for Norfolk.  He faces Kris Johnson (3-3, 4.50 ERA) for the PawSox.


PawSox Bats Fall Silent to Tides

The Pawtucket Red Sox offense struggled to get on track last night, mustering only four hits in being shut-out by the Norfolk Tides, 3-0 at McCoy.

All four PawSox hits were singles.  Bubba Bell had two while Thurdsay’s hero Dusty Brown and DH Aaron Bates had one each.

Pawtucket was shut down by the outstanding starting work of Tides hurler Troy Patton (3-6).  Patton was around the plate during his entire seven inning outing. He gave up three hits while striking out four and issuing no walks.  Dennis Sarafate struck out three in two innings of work.

Red Sox pitching prospect Felix Doubront (0-1) made his McCoy debut and threw fairly well.  He gave up only one run on eight hits, walking two and striking out six.  He was relieved after throwing 87 pitches in five innings.

Chad Paronto gave up a run in two innings and Fernando Cabrera surrendered a solo home run to Tides LF Jeff Salazar in the ninth.

Norfolk 2B Paco Figueroa had a big night, driving in two runs.  1B Brandon Snyder added three hits.

Game three of the series is tonight at 6:05pm.  Brandon Erbe (0-8, 6.80 ERA) starts for the Tides.  Adam Mills (1-3, 4.15 ERA) will go for the PawSox.

NOTES:  In off-the-field news PawSox pitcher Scott Atchison was recalled by the Red Sox after the team placed OF Jacoby Ellsbury back on the 15-day disabled list.


Brown’s Heroics Lead PawSox over Tides

Dusty Brown belted a two-out three run home run in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Pawtucket Red Sox to a come from behind 5-4 win tonight over the Norfolk Tides at McCoy.

Brown lifted a 2-1 fastball from Norfolk reliever Kam Mickolio (1-1) that was just out of the reach of Tides left fielder Danny Figueroa and into the PawSox bullpen.

“It got in on me a bit.” said Brown.  I hit it high and I wasn’t sure if it was going to go or not.”

“We have been grinding offensively.” said PawSox Manager Torey Lovullo.  “We battled all the way through.”

The Pawtucket Red Sox bullpen nearly wasted a strong starting pitching performance by the rehabbing Boof Bonser.

With the PawSox leading 1-0 in the top of the seventh, Scott Atchison came on in relief of Bonser and gave up three singles then a two-run double by Norfolk C Adam Donachie to give the Tides a 2-1 lead.  Dustin Richard came in for Atchison and yielded a two out, two-run double to Tides SS Robert Andino to give Norfolk a 4-1 edge.

Bonser got off to a shaky start then settled down.  He gave up two hits and walked two and got out of a based loaded jam in the top of the first. Brown helped his pitcher out by gunning down Tides speedster Joey Gathright attempting to steal third.

Bonser gave up a lead-off single in the third then retired 12 batters in a row before giving up a one-out double to Tides SS Robert Andino in the sixth.

In six innings of work Bonser gave up four hits, walking two and striking out five.  He threw 84 pitches, 48 for strikes.  He lowered his ERA from 10.61 to 8.03.

“It all matched up for him.” said Lovullo of Bonser’s performance, “He did a great job of attacking hitters. His fastball was down hill.  He was getting swings and misses with his breaking ball.  He was excited.”

The PawSox scored their first run in the bottom of the sixth on doubles by Bubba Bell and Angel Sanchez.  Pawtucket duplicated the feat in the seventh with back-to-back doubles by Josh Reddick and Brown.

Norfolk starter Chris George matched Bonser in putting zeroes up on the board.  The former PawSox hurler threw 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball before giving up a run in the sixth. George worked a total of 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits.  He walked one and struck out three.

Andino had three hits, including two doubles to pace the Norfolk offense.  2B Jeff Blake added two hits.

T.J. Large (1-0) got the win, pitching a perfect ninth.

The win snaps a two game Pawtucket losing streak.   Game two of the series will be played tomorrow night (7:05pm).  Troy Patton (2-6, 6.56 ERA) starts for the Tides.  Felix Doubront (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his second start for the PawSox.


PawSox/Tides Pre-Game Notes 5-27-10

It’s been nearly a month since I’ve set foot in the McCoy Stadium press box.  I was away on vacation during the last home stand and it’s good to be back.  The PawSox look to rebound beginning tonight as they begin an eight game home stand with the first if four with the Norfolk Tides.  Former PawSox hurler Chris George (1-1, 4.22 ERA) throws for Norfolk while Boof Bonser (0-2, 10.61 ERA) makes the start for Pawtucket.   Here are the lineups:

NORFOLK TIDES (21-26, 2nd Place IL South)

Joey Gathright CF
Robert Andino SS
Jeff Salazar DH
Josh Bell 3B
Rhyne Hughes RF
Brandon Snyder 1B
Blake Davis 2B
Adam Donachie C
Doug Bernier 2B

Chris George P

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (20-26, 4TH Place IL North)

Tug Hulett 2B
Angel Sanchez SS
Daniel Nava LF
Lars Anderson 1B
Aaron Bates DH
Josh Reddick RF
Dusty Brown C
Jorge Jimenez 3B
Bubba Bell CF

Boof Bonser P

After a 6-2 home stand in mid-May the PawSox are coming off a 2-6 road trip.  The offense has struggled, with the PawSox scoring two runs or less in six of the eight games on the trip.

PawSox Manager Tory Lovullo changed the line-up a bit during the road trip, most notably dropping Josh Reddick from the lead-off spot and moving Lars Anderson to the clean-up role.

“Lars was ready for that challenge (of batting clean-up)” said Lovullo, He’s had some great at bats.  We thought the time was right.”

“We wanted (Reddick) to catch his breath a bit.” said Lovullo, “Being the first hitter out of the box to now seeing five hitters ahead of him allows him to get into the flow of the game.”

Bonser was ineffective in his last start, giving up seven runs in only one inning in the PawSox’ 18-1 drubbing at the hands of the Durham Bulls in a game that was suspended last Saturday and was completed on Sunday.  Lovullo said Bonser’s poor outing is not the focus of his rehab stint with Pawtucket.

“All the feedback we get about his health  is great.” said Lovullo, “That’s all we really care about.  We’re not so much concerned with the results.”

In off the field news RP Scott Atchison returned to the PawSox after briefly being called up by Boston last weekend.  He never did rejoin the Sox as Boston decided to reinstate OF Darnell McDonald instead.  To make room for Atchison the PawSox placed IF Ryan Khoury on the 7- day disabled list with a right calf strain.

I will provide game updates via Twitter and back here later with a complete game wrap.

Bulls Take Series Finale 8-5

The Durham Bulls broke open a 2-2 tie with a four-run sixth inning and held off a late rally to beat the PawSox 8-5 last night at Durham Athletic Park.  With the win the Bulls won three of four over Pawtucket.

PawSox pitcher Fabio Castro (2-4), working in relief of Michael Bowden, allowed the first three Durham batters in the sixth to reach base.  A PawSox error, two singles, and a double play resulted in the scoring of the four Durham runs.

Bowden pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up two runs on four hits.  The runs came on a two-run homer by Bulls LF Dan Johnson.  Bowden walked two and struck out three.  The Bulls forced him into man high pitch counts, as Bowden threw 91 pitches in his outing.

Trailing 8-2 in the ninth the PawSox tried to rally, scoring three times on only one hit.  The runs scored on bases loaded walks to Jorge Jimenez and Tug Hulett and a ground out by Angel Sanchez.

Lars Anderson belted a solo home run, his third of the season to score Pawtucket’s first run in the second.  Aaron Bates also drove in a run for the PawSox.

Bulls 2B Joe Dillon had four hits, three of them doubles to lead the Durham offensive attack.  Daniel Nava had two hits for the PawSox.

Pawtucket has today off as they travel back to McCoy to open up a 8-game homestand beginning tomorrow night with the first of four games with the Norfolk Tides.  Former PawSox pitcher Chris George (1-1, 4.22 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Tides.  Boof Bonser (0-2, 10.61 ERA) takes the mound for the PawSox.


Bulls Nip PawSox in Pitchers’ Duel

The Pawtucket Red Sox and Durham Bulls engaged in another pitchers’s duel last night at Durham Athletic Park.   Unlike Sunday’s 1-0 PawSox win, it was the Bulls’ turn to come away with the 1-0 victory.

Durham starter Jeremy Hellickson (7-2) carried a perfect game into the seventh before issuing a walk to Tug Hulett.  The PawSox spoiled the no hitter in the eighth on a lead-off single by Bubba Bell.  That was the only hit of the night for Pawtucket.

PawSox starter Kris Johnson (3-3) was nearly equal to the task over six innings in taking the loss.  He gave up only three hits, but one of them was a solo home run to Bulls 1B Ryan Shealy in the bottom of the second.

Dustin Richardson struck out five in two scoreless innings in relief of Johnson.

Bulls SS Elliot Johnson collected the other two Durham hits.

The four game series between the two teams wraps up tonight (7:05 p.m.). Michael Bowden (1-2, 6.03 ERA) starts for the PawSox.  He’ll face Heath Phillips (3-4, 4.58 ERA) for the Bulls.

NOTES:  Before the game PawSox pitcher Scott Atchison was called up by the Red Sox and IF Angel Sanchez was optioned back to the PawSox.

After the game the Red Sox announced that OF Darnell McDonald has been designated for assignment to make room for the return of Mike Cameron.  If McDonald clears waivers he may return to the PawSox.