Month: May 2011

Lackey Sharp, PawSox Edge Tides in 11 5-4

PAWTUCKET-  Red Sox pitcher John Lackey made an impressive rehab start for the Pawtucket Red Sox tonight at McCoy and the PawSox scored two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to come away with a 5-4 win over the Norfolk Tides.

Lackey had command of all his pitches during his outing.  His one mistake was giving up a solo home run to Tides’ CF Matt Angle in the top of the third..  Lackey finished 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits.  He struck our four and did not walk a batter.  He threw 63 pitches, 46 for strikes.  He was slated to throw a maximum of 70 pitches.

Lackey is expected to return to Boston to start this Sunday against Oakland at Fenway.

The PawSox entered the bottom of the 11th down by a run after The Tides got to PawSox pitcher Brandon Duckworth on a lead-off double to center by CF Matt Angle and a RBI single by 1B Brandon Snyder.

Pawtucket led off the bottom of the inning by tying the game on a solo homer by Daniel Nava, his first of 2011 off Tides pitcher Mark Worrell.  Brent Dlugach then singled and advanced to second as Tides 2B Nick Green could not come up with a grounder by Luis Exposito.  Jose Iglesias advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt.  Worrell (0-3) then intentionally walked Nate Spears to load the bases.  After Che Hsuan Lin flew out to left, Tony Thomas drove in the winning run with a bloop single to left.

The PawSox scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth off Tides starter Mike Ballard on a two-run homer by Luis Exposito. They added another in the fifth on a lead-off single by Lin, a double by Thomas, and a ground out by Darnell McDonald.

The Tides tied the game as soon as Duckworth relieved Lackey in the seventh.  Snyder hit a single and was driven in on a two-run homer by 3B Josh Bell.

Hideki Okajima (1-0) came on in relief of Duckworth in the 11th and earned his first win of 2011.

Snyder had three hits to pace the Tides offense.  Thomas had three for the PawSox.

Game three of the series will be tomorrow night at 6:05p.m.  Kevin Millwood is slated to make his 2011 debut for the PawSox.


NOTES:  McDonald made his first rehab start for the PawSox, going 0 for 3 with a strikeout and an RBI.

Matt Sheely started the game for the PawSox in left and was forced to leave the game in the 11th after coming up lame chasing down Angle’s double.

PawSox/Tides Pre-Game Notes: May 31, 2011

We are at McCoy tonight for game two of the four game set between the PawSox and the Norfolk Tides.  Norfolk took game one of the series yesterday 5-4 in 13 innings.

Red Sox starter John Lackey is slated to make a rehab start for the PawSox.  He has been sidelined since May 11th with a right elbow strain.

Here are the line-ups:

Norfolk Tides (18-33, 4th Place IL South Division)

Matt Angle CF
Tyler Henson LF
Brandon Snyder 1B
Josh Bell 3B
Rhyne Hughes DH
Blake Davis RF
Brendan Harris SS
Nick Green 2B
Michael Hernandez C

Mike Ballard (2-4, 5.08 ERA) P

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (25-25, 3rd Place IL North Division)

Che-Hsuan Lin RF
Tony Thomas 2B
Darnell McDonald CF
Hector Luna 1B
Daniel Nava DH
Brent Dlugach 3B
Luis Exposito C
Jose Iglesias SS
Matt Sheely LF

John Lackey (NR) P

The PawSox enter the game losers of four of their last five.

Lackey will be limited to four innings or 70 pitches.  If all goes well he is expected to return to the Red Sox rotation this Sunday.

Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald is also rehabbing with Pawtucket tonight.  He has been on the DL since last Thursday with a left quadriceps strain.  PawSox Manager Arnie Beyeler says he expects to move McDonald around the outfield over the next ten days he’s with the club.

The Red Sox have activated Bobby Jenks and have optioned Michael Bowden back to Pawtucket.  Bowden was called up to Boston on Sunday when reliever Franklin Morales was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

The Red Sox have announced that pitcher Kevin Millwood will be added to the PawSox roster tomorrow and will make his 2011 debut against the Tides.  The addition of Millwood will put the PawSox at the 24 player roster limit.

We will be providing updates all evening on Twitter.  Join us after the game for a complete wrap-up.

PawSox Fall to Tides in 13 5-4

Norfolk 1B Brandon Snyder belted a solo home run in the top of the 13th inning to lead the Tides to a 5-4 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox last night at McCoy.

Snyder’s homer came on a 1-0 pitch thrown by PawSox reliever Clevelen Santeliz (1-2).

Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh the PawSox knotted the game on a Hector Luna RBI single in the seventh and a Lars Anderson two out single in the ninth.

The other PawSox runs were driven in by Matt Sheely in the fifth and Anderson in the sixth.

Anderson went 3 for 6 to lead the PawSox offense.  Luna, Sheely, and Jose Iglesias had two hits each for Pawtucket.

Monday saw the return of PawSox starter Felix Doubront to the rotation after having been on the disabled list with a left groin strain.  Doubront pitched well, throwing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless ball on one hit.  He walked two and struck out five.  Doubront was limited to 47 pitches, 29 of which were strikes.

Tony Pena, Jr. came on in relief of Doubront and surrendered four Norfolk runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Tommy Hottovy and Blake Maxwell threw a combined 5 1/1 innings of no hit ball in relief.

Game two of the series is tonight at 7:05 p.m.  Red Sox starter John Lackey is slated to make a rehab start for the PawSox. He will be limited to four innings or a maximum of 70 pitches.  Mike Ballard (2-4, 5.08 ERA) will start for the Tides.


NOTES:  It was announced last night that the start time of Wednesday night’s game with the Tides at McCoy has been changed to 6:05p.m. to accommodate fans who wish to watch the Bruins in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals later that night.

Miller, PawSox Salvage Finale Over Indians

The Pawtucket Red Sox rallied behind the arm of Andrew Miller in beating the Indianapolis Indians yesterday 9-2, salvaging the finale of the four game series.

Miller (2-2) was spectacular, throwing seven scoreless innings while giving up only one hit.  He walked two and struck out four.  He threw 79 pitches, 48 for strikes.

Miller entered the game in the second, following another rehab appearance for Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks.  Jenks gave up one run on one hit in his inning of work.

Hideki Okajima gave up his first run of the year in a Pawtucket uniform, giving up three Indian hits in the top of the ninth.

The PawSox gave Miller plenty of runs to work with, led by RF Ronald Bermudez who went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI’s.  They scored single runs in the first two innings on a Hector Luna RBI single in the first and a Bermudez double in the second.  Bermudez drove in another run with a single in the fourth.

A Daniel Nava RBI single and a wild pitch by Indians’ pitcher Brad Lincoln plated two more Pawtucket runs in the fifth.

Tony Thomas’ solo home run and a two-run shot by Bermudez in the sixth accounted for three more PawSox runs.  Brent Dlugach belted a solo homer in the eighth to cap the Pawtucket scoring.

The PawSox now open a four game homestand beginning this afternoon at 4:05pm against the Norforlk Tides.  Rick VandenHurk (2-7, 5.29 ERA) will pitch for Norfolk. Felix Doubront (0-0, 1.98 ERA) is slated to come off the disabled list to throw for the PawSox.


NOTES: Red Sox yesterday recalled PawSox reliever Michael Bowden. Reliever Franklin Morales was placed on the disabled list with a left forearm strain.

Red Sox starter John Lackey is expected to be at McCoy tomorrow to throw a rehab start with the PawSox.

PawSox Cannot Hold Big Lead, Fall To Indians

The Pawtucket Red Sox let an early 7-0 lead slip away, as the Indianapolis Indians ??chipped away and beat the PawSox 9-7 last night at McCoy.  The PawSox have now lost three games in a row.

The PawSox were in control of this game, scoring seven runs over the first two innings off Indianapolis Starter Justin Wilson.  Hector Luna got things going in the bottom of the first with a solo homer to left.

Pawtucket tacked on six more in the second.  Michael McKenry led off with a homer.  Tony Thomas singled and was driven home on Bent Dlugach’s first homer of the season.  Jose Iglesias then singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sheely.  Wilson then walked Che-Hsuan Lin and Daniel Nava to load the bases.  Luna walked to drive in the fourth run of the inning.  Two runs scored on the next play as the relay throw on a double play grounder was thrown away by Indians SS Josh Harrison.

Indianapolis chipped away at the lead scoring two runs with two out in the top of the fourth off PawSox starter Kyle Weiland.  Harrison doubled and scored on C Dusty Brown’s homer to center.

PawSox reliever Jason rice was charged with two runs in the top of the sixth.  A bases-loaded sacrifice fly by 2B Brian Friday and wild pitch by Rice accounted for the runs.

Clevelen Santeliz (1-1) allowed the Indians to tie the game in the eighth and win it in the ninth.  3B Andy Marte led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a walk to 1B Matt Hague.  Both runners scored on a Harrison double to center and an error by Lin.  Harrison scored two batters later on a fielder’s choice by Friday.

With one out in the ninth CF Alex Presley and Marte singled.  Hague reached on a fielders choice. A passed ball by McKenry plated Presley and moved Hague to second.  Harrison followed with another RBI double, this time to right.

Harrison’s early error did noting to stop him at the plate, as he went a perfect 5 for 5 with three doubles and two RBI’s.  Marte added three hits.

Thomas and Iglesias had two hits each for the PawSox.

The PawSox hope to salvage game four of the series tonight at 6:05 p.m. Brad Lincoln (4-4, 4.13 ERA) is expected on the mound for Indy. Andrew Miller (1-2, 2.90 ERA) is slated to start for the PawSox.


Five Run Ninth Does in PawSox 6-3

Indianapolis Indians 3B Andy Marte belted a grand slam in a five-run ninth inning to propel Indy to a 6-3 win over the PawSox last night at McCoy.

All five runs were charged to PawSox reliever Michael Bowden (2-1).  CF Gorkys Hernandez and LF Alex Presley led off with singles.  After RF John Bowker flied out Bowden walked 1B Matt Hague to load the bases.  Marte then belted a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall for the grand slam.

The inning wasn’t over for Bowden.  DH Jason Jamarillo followed with a single.  Bowden was removed in favor of Blake Maxwell who threw wild on a pick-off attempt at first, allowing Jamarillo to advance to third.  C Dusty Brown then drove in Jamarillo with a sacrifice fly to right.

Up until the ninth the PawSox were in control of the game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second on a RBI double by Brent Dlugach and a single by Jose Iglesias.

Iglesias drove in the third PawSox run with a single in the seventh.

Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks began a rehab assignment with the PawSox, pitching a scoreless first inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Matt Fox then came in and threw six innings, giving up only one run (a homer to Presley in the 4th) on five hits.  He walked one and struck out five.

Hideki Okajima made his first appearance for the PawSox in his return from Boston by striking out two in one scoreless inning on the mound.

Presley led all batters by collecting thee hits on the night.  Iglesias, Hector Luna, and Daniel Nava had two hits each for the PawSox.

The PawSox have lost the first two games of the series to the Indians.  Game three is tonight at 6:05 p.m. Justin Wilson (5-3, 2.67 ERA) will get the ball for Indianapolis. Kyle Weiland (4-4, 3.45 ERA) gets the start for the PawSox.


NOTES:  The positive outing by Jenks means he will probably make another appearance for the PawSox as soon as Sunday before the Red Sox decide whether he is ready to return to the Majors.

The PawSox have re-instated INF/OF  Nate Spears from the disabled list.  Spears had been on the DL since May 13 after being hit by a pitch on his left index finger during a bunt attempt on May 12 vs. Gwinnett.   To make room the PawSox transferred reliever Dennis Neuman to Salem.

Indians Hold Off PawSox 4-3

PAWTUCKET- The fog rolled into McCoy Stadium tonight.  And it brought with it an opportunistic Indianapolis Indians team which edged the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-3.  The loss snapped the PawSox’ three game winning streak.

The Indians got on the board first in the top of the fourth off PawSox starter Brandon Duckworth.  RF John Bowker led off with a walk and 1B Matt Hague singled to right.  After 3B Andy Marte popped to short, Duckworth hit DH Jason Jamarillo to load the bases.  Former PawSox C Dusty Brown then lifted a sacrifice fly to right to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.

Pawtucket got the run back in the bottom of the fourth off Indians starter Rudy Owens.  Hector Luna led off with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Daniel Nava.  Tony Thomas then followed with  sacrifice fly to left to score Luna.

The Indians were able to get to Duckworth for three runs in the top of the fifth.  Indy used four straight singles to start the inning, capped off by a two run single by Bowker to take a 3-1 lead.

Tony Pena, Jr. came on in relief of Duckworth. He was able to force Hague to ground into a double play, but the Indians were able to plate their fourth run.

Pawtucket responded by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth.  Brent Dlugach and Matt Sheely led off with singles and Che-Hsuan Lin was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Consecutive ground outs by Jose Iglesias and Luna drove in the runs.

Duckworth (4-3) took the loss, pitching 4-plus innings, giving up four runs on seven hits.  He walked two and struck out two.  He threw 90 pitches, 55 for strikes.

Pena was spectacular in relief of Duckworth, throwing three scoreless innings while giving up only one hit.  He walked one and struck out four.

Clevelen Santeliz struck out three in one inning of work.  Tommy Hottovy threw a scoreless ninth.

Owens (4-3) earned the win for Indianapolis.  Tim Wood earned his ninth save of the season.

The teams combined for 15 hits in the game, all singles.  Bowker, Hague, 2B Josh Harrison,  and CF Gorkys Hernandez had two hits each for the Indians.  Nava had two for the PawSox.

Game two of the series will be tomorrow night at 7:05p.m.  Brian Burres (2-6, 4.65 ERA) will pitch for Indianapolis.  Bobby Jenks will be making a rehab start for the PawSox.  He’ll be followed on the mound by scheduled starter Matt Fox (4-2, 3.09 ERA).


PawSox/Indians Pre-Game Notes- May 25, 2011

The PawSox are back home at McCoy and so are we.  Tonight (7:05 pm) the PawSox will open four game series with the Indianapolis Indians.

Here are the stating line-ups:

Indianapolis Indians (20-27, 4th Place IL West Division)

Josh Harrison 2B
Gorkys Hernandez CF
Alex Presley LF
John Bowker RF
Matt Hague 1B
Andy Marte 3B
Jason Jamarillo DH
Dusty Brown C
Brian Friday SS

Rudy Owens (3-3, 4.17 ERA) P

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-21, 3rd Place IL North Division)

Che-Hsuan Lin CF
Jose Iglesias SS
Hector Luna DH
Lars Anderson 1B
Daniel Nava LF
Tony Thomas 2B
Luis Exposito C
Brent Dlugach 3B
Matt Sheely RF

Brandon Duckworth (4-2, 3.45 ERA) P

The PawSox return home after a successful 5-3 road trip through Columbus and Toledo.  Pawtucket has also won its last three.  The Indians have lost two in a row.

Pawtucket has had a couple of players join Boston since they were last at McCoy.  IF Drew Sutton and OF Josh Reddick have joined the Red Sox and have proven to be successful

“Those guys are going to get opportunities.” said PawSox Manager Arnie Beyeler, “You like to see those guys go up there and produce consistently.”

A couple of familar names are back with the PawSox, clearing waivers after being designated for assignment (DFA) by the Red Sox.  Hideki Okajima returns to Pawtucket for the first time since being recalled by Boston on April 18th.  In 5 appearances for the PawSox Okajima has thrown 5 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up only two hits while striking out five.

Daniel Nava returns to Pawtucket after being DFA’d last week to make room on the Boston 40-man roster for Sutton.  Nava has struggled this season, batting only .189 with no homers and 10 RBI’s over 36 games with the PawSox.  Beyeler thinks the slow start is temproary.

“He’s still getting on base.  He’s a guy that will give you a good at-bat.” said Beyeler,  He’s hit some balls hard that have been caught.  He’s still got a lot of season left.  He’s gonna come around.”

To make room for Okajima and Nava the PawSox transfered OF Wilfred Pichardo to Salem and P Miguel Gonzalez to Portland.

Indians C Dusty Brown makes his return to Pawtucket tonight.  In 241 games with the PawSox Brown batted .258 with 21 homers and 110 RBI’s.  He was acquired by the Pirates in the off-season as a minor league free agent.

On the injury front the Red Sox have announced that reliever Bobby Jenks will begin a rehab assignment with the PawSox beginning tomorrow night.  if all goes well he may also see action on Sunday.

It has also been reported that Red Sox starter John Lackey may make a rehab start with the PawSox as soon as next Tuesday following a positive side session yesterday.

Beyeler says pitcher Felix Doubront has been taking part in throwing side sessions and make be back with the club soon.

We’ll be providing updates throughout the game on Twitter.  Check back her later for post-game reports.