Month: August 2010

PawSox Make It Seven Straight

The Pawtucket Red Sox have now won a season-high seven games in a row, edging the Rochester Red Wings last night at McCoy 2-1.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Lars Anderson walked with one out.  he moved to second on a passed ball by Rochester catcher Jose Morales.  Anderson moved to third on a Jeremy Hermida ground out then scored with Jack Hannahan at the plate on a wild pitch by Red Wings starter Matt Fox (6-9).

The PawSox took the lead in the fourth on consecutive sinlges by Bubba Bell, Jarrod Salatalamacchia, and Anderson and a sacrifice fly by Hermida.

The PawSox again were aided by solid pitching.  Starter Rich Hill (3-0) picked up the win, giving up a single run on four hits in seven innings.  He walked one and struck out six.  Dustin Richardson and Robert Manuel did not give up a hit the rest of the game.  Manuel picked up his 13th save.

The teams complete their two game series tonight at 7:05p.m.  David Bromberg (1-3, 3.45 ERA) takes the hill for Rochester.  He faces Fabio Castro (6-9, 4.84 ERA) for the PawSox.

NOTE: Prior to the game the PawSox handed out their seasonal awards.  Manuel was awarded the team’s Most Valuable Pitcher Award while Bell received the award for team MVP.

PawSox Sweep Red Wings

The Pawtucket Red have struggled on the road all season.  Until now.

The PawSox beat the Rochester Red Wings this afternoon 6-3 at Frontier Field, completing a four game sweep and ending their 10 game road trip at 8-2.   The PawSox have now matched a season high winning their last six in a row.

Pitching again ruled the day for Pawtucket.  Starter Adam Mills (4-9) got the win, giving up three runs on eight hits over five innings.  He walked one and struck out three.

The bullpen did the rest, holding the Red Wings scoreless on two hits over the final four innings.  Robert Coello and Tommy Hottovy pitched hitless ball while Fernando Cabrera gave up the two hits while earning his 19th save.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a big game offensively for Pawtucket, blasting a three run homer to left in the first off Rochester starter Chris Province (0-1).  Eric Patterson collected two hits and scored three times for the PawSox.  Lars Anderson collected two hits and drove in two while Bubba Bell also chipped in with a pair of hits.

The two teams now move to McCoy to open up a short two game series tomorrow night (7:05p.m.).  Matt Fox (6-8, 4.08 ERA) throws for the Red Wings. Rich Hill (2-0, 3.57 ERA)  takes the mound for Pawtucket.


PawSox Make it Five Straight, 2-0

The Pawtucket Red Sox winning streak is now five after the PawSox shutout the Rochester Red Wings last night 2-0 at Frontier Field.

The story of last night’s game was the job put in by the Pawtucket pitching staff, holding the Wings scoreless on a total of five hits.  Kris Johnson (5-13) got the start and the win, throwing six innings, giving up four hits.  He walked one and struck out six.

Chad Paronto, Dustin Richardson, and Robert Manuel gave up only one hit in the final three innings.  Manuel notched his 12th save.

Rochester starter Cole DeVries matched Johnson in his 5 1/3 innings, throwing scoreless ball while giving up three hits.  He struck out four and did not walks a batter.

The PawSox broke a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the seventh.  Jarrod Saltalamacchia reached on an error.  After Lars Anderson struck out Jeremy Hermida replaced Saltalamacchia on the base paths on a fielder’s choice.  Hermida would score  following consecutive singles by Jack Hannahan and Niuman Romero.

Pawtucket added  an insurance run in the ninth on a Saltalamacchia single, and Anderson double, and a Hermida sacrifice fly.

Josh Reddick continued on his torrid pace, going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles.

The PawSox will look for a sweep in the series finale this afternoon at 1;05p.m.  Adam Mills (3-9, 5.05) will face Rochester’s Kyle Gibson (0-0, 1.72)


PawSox Rally In Ninth To Topple Red Wings

The Pawtucket Red Sox scored five runs in the top of the ninth to steal away a 6-5 win over the Rochester Red Wings last night at Frontier Field.  The win is Pawtucket’s fourth straight on this road trip.

The PawSox trailed 5-1 entering the ninth.  With one out Rochester reliever Anthony Slama walked Dusty Brown and gave up a single to Niuman Romero.  The hot hitting Josh Reddick then cut the lead to 5-4 with a three run homer to right.

Speed played a huge factor in Pawtucket tying the game.  Slama was replaced by Alex Burnett.  He gave up a single to Eric Patterson, who stole second, then third, before scoring the tying run on a wild pitch.  Burnett (0-2) then walked Bubba Bell, who would also steal second.  Jared Saltalamacchia drove in the winning run on a double to center.

Reddick finished the night going 3 for 5 with four RBI’s.  Romero also added three hits while Saltalamacchia had two.

Ramon Ramirez got the start for the PawSox but did not figure in the decision.  He worked six innings, giving up three runs on five hits.  He walked one, struck out three, and gave up a solo homer to Rochester 2B Matt Macri.

Santo Luis struggled in relief, giving up two runs on two hits in his one inning on the mound.

T.J. Large (4-1) got the the win.  Fernando Cabrera notched his 18th save of 2010.

Game three of the series is tonight at 7:05p.m. Kris Johnson (4-13, 5.33 ERA) will throw for the PawSox.  He faces Cole Devries (0-1, 6.23 ERA) for Rochester.

NOTES- Two of the stars from last night’s game made their first start with club as part of their rehab assignment for the Red Sox.  Patterson has been on the disabled list since August 16th with a neck strain.  Saltalamacchia has been sidelined since last week with an infection in his right leg.


PawSox Top Wings

The Pawtucket Red Sox have found their stride on the road, beating the Rochester Red Wings last night 3-1.  The win was the PawSox’ third in a row and five out of their last six.

Starter Fabio Castro (6-9) picked up the win, giving up one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings.  He walked two and struck out eight.  Robert Coello and Dustin Richardson gave up only one hit combined the rest of the way to seal the Pawtucket victory.  The PawSox staff struck out 12 Red Wings on the night.

The PawSox scored a single run in the second on Lars Anderson triple and a ground out by Jorge Jimenez.  They added runs in the third on a RBI single by Jeremy Hermida and the fifth on a Jack Hannahan ground out.

Gil Velazquez had a big day at the plate for Pawtucket, going 3 for 4 with a double.

Game two of the series with the Red Wings will be tonight at 7:05p.m.  Ramon Ramirez (4-4, 5.20 ERA) get the start for the PawSox.  He faces Anthony Swarzak (5-10, 6.37 ERA) for Rochester.


Five Run Tenth Carries PawSox Past Bisons

The Pawtucket Red Sox broke-up a 3-3 tie with five runs in the top of the tenth, leading to a 8-3 win last night over the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Field.  With the win the PawSox won four game sin the six game series in Buffalo.

With one out in the tenth Buffalo pitcher Sean Green issued consecutive walks to Lars Anderson and Jack Hannahan.  After a Dusty Brown strikeout Jorge Jimenez broke up the tie with a RBI single to center.  Niuman Romero then loaded the bases with a single.  Green was then replaced on the mound by Adam Pettyjohn.  Josh Reddick then greeted Pettyjohn by clearing the bases with a grand slam to right.

Reddick continued his hot hand at the plate, going 2 for 6 with four RBI’s.  Hannahan also had two hits and drove in two.

The PawSox opened up a 3-0 lead for starter Rich Hill before the Bisons began chipping away.  Hill gave up one run in five innings of work.  He walked two and struck out five.

Hideki Okajima was once again shaky in another rehab appearance with Pawtucket, giving up a run in one inning on the mound.

The Bisons tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on a solo homer by DH Valentino Pascucci off Pawtucket reliever Tommy Hottovy.

The PawSox road trip continues as the team heads east to begin a four game series with the Rochester Red Wings tonight at 7:05p.m. Fabio Castro (5-9, 5.11 ERA) gets the start for Pawtucket. Mike Bromberg (1-2, 3.32 ERA) takes the hill for Rochester.


PawSox Corral Bisons 7-3

The Pawtucket Red Sox got off to a hot start and then was able to hold on, beating the Buffalo Bisons last night 7-3 at Coca-Cola Field.

Pawtucket got of the board with three runs in the fourth on four consecutive hits by Josh Reddick, Jeremy Hermida, Bubba Bell and Aaron Bates.

The PawSox tacked on another in the fifth on Reddick’s 14th homer of the season.

Pawtucket was cruising behind the pitching of Adam Mills (3-9).  Mills threw six shutout innings, giving up five hits while striking out five and not walking a batter.

Buffalo made the game interesting by scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth off PawSox reliever Chad Paronto.  1B Nick Evans and CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis had RBI doubles to cut the Pawtucket lead to 4-3.

The PawSox added insurance in the top of the ninth, scoring three times on RBI singles by Mark Wagner, Niuman Romero, and Reddick.

Reddick continues on his torrid late season pace, going 5 for 5 with two RBI’s.

The fianle of the series with Buffalo takes place tonight at 7:05p.m. Rich Hill (2-0, 3.82 ERA) goes for Pawtucket.  Raul Valdes (1-1, 2.11 ERA) throws for the Bisons..

NOTES:  The Red Sox have announced that RP Hideki Okajimi will remain with the PawSoxfor at least one more appearance as part of his rehab assignment. Okajima gave up four runs on four hits in his second outing with the club Monday night.

The Red Sox have also activated C Kevin Cash from the 15 day disabled list.  To make room on the roster the Red Sox have optioned Dusty Brown back to Pawtucket.


Bisons Take Advantage of PawSox Pitching, Sloppy Play

The Buffalo Bisons took advantage of some sloppy defense early and an ineffective bullpen late, coming away with a 12-4 win last night over the Pawtucket Red Sox at Coca-Cola Field.

PawSox starter Kris Johnson (4-13) was saddled with the loss.  He gave up four runs in four innings, although only one was earned due to sloppy play on the field.  Two doubles, a throwing error, and wild pitch led to two Buffalo runs in the bottom of the first.  A single, double, and passed ball led to two more for the Bisons in the fourth.

Johnson finished his outing giving up six hits, walking two and striking out four.

Trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Pawtucket bullpen imploded, giving up four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.  T.J. Large gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits in two innings of work.  One of those hits was a solo home run by Buffalo RF Russ Adams.

Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima, with the PawSox as part of a rehab assignment, gave up four runs while only retiring one batter in the seventh.  Okajima gave up four singles and a two-run homer to Adams before recording an out.  Santo Luis came in to relieve Okajima and allowed two inherited runners to score.

On the offensive side of the ball Josh Reddick and Jeremy Hermida led the charge for Pawtucket.  Reddick went 3 for 4 with two homers and two runs batted in.  Hermida also had three hits and drove in a run.  Gustavo Molina added a solo homer for the PawSox.

Adams drove in four runs to pace the Bisons.

Game five of this six game series is tonight at 7:05p.m.  Adam Mills (2-9, 5.31 ERA) takes the mound for Pawtucket.  He’ll be opposed by Michael Antonini (1-1, 4.50 ERA) for the Bisons.


PawSox Sweep Bisons

The Pawtucket Red Sox put together clutch hitting with solid pitching to sweep a double header from the Buffalo Bisons 9-2 and 7-5 this afternoon at Coca-Cola Field.

Seven of the nine runs in game one came from three PawSox hitters.  Lars Anderson had two hits, including a homer, and three RBI’s.  Jeremy Hermida knocked in two with a homer, and Gustavo Molina also homered and drove in a pair.

Bubba Bell and Aaron Bates drove in the other two runs for Pawtucket.

Ramon Ramirez (4-4) pitched a complete game (seven innings) to get the win.  He gave up two runs on seven hits.  The runs came on a two run homer in the seventh by Bisons C J.R. House.  Ramirez walked one and struck out two.

In game two the PawSox scored two runs with two out in the top of the seventh to break up a 5-5 tie.  Niuman Romero walked off Buffalo reliever Chad Cordero.  Bell singled Romero to second.  Bates drove in Romero with a single to center.  Anderson added the insurance run with an RBI single on a ball hit back to Cordero.

Robert Coello started game two but did not figure in the decision.  He worked four innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on two hits.  He walked three and struck out three.  Robert Manuel (7-2) got the win, even though he gave up two runs on three hits over two innings.  Fernando Cabrera picked-up his 16th save.

Bates had a big game for the PawSox, going 3 for 3 with a homer and four RBI’s.  Anderson added two hits and drove in two.

The teams continue their series tomorrow night at 7:05p.m.  Kris Johnson (4-12, 5.43 ERA) will be opposed Dillon Gee (12-7, 4.84 ERA) for Buffalo.



Bisons Take Opener, Rain Wins Nightcap

The Pawtucket Red Sox and Buffalo Bisons were scheduled to play a double header last night at Coco-Cola Field.  But the weather got in the way.  Buffalo opened up an early lead and held on to win game one 5-4.  Rain forced the postponement of game two.  The teams will attempt to play a double header this afternoon beginning at 1:05p.m.

Buffalo scored all its runs in the first two innings off PawSox starter Fabio Castro (5-9).  1B Nick Evans blasted a two run homer off Castro in the first.  RBI singles by SS Luis Hernandez, C Michael Barrett, and CF Jesus Feliciano capped the Buffalo scoring in the second.

The PawSox climbed back into the ball game with three runs in the third on a two run double by Bubba Bell and a RBI single by Lars Anderson.  They tacked on another in the fourth when Gil Velazquez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima made a rehab appearance for the PawSox last night without incident.  On the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, Okajima pitched one inning, giving up only one hit and no runs.  He is slated to pitch again Monday.

Castro worked a total of five innings, giving up a total of ten hits. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter.

Anderson had three of Pawtucket’s 11 hits on the night.  Buffalo 3B also had three hits for the Bisons.

NOTES:  The PawSox placed 1B/DH Carlos Delgado on the 7-day disabled list with soreness in his left hip.