Month: July 2011

Bats Batter PawSox 7-2

The Louisville Bats feasted on Pawtucket Red Sox pitching, pounding out 17 hits on their way to a 7-2 decision over the PawSox this afternoon at McCoy.  The Bats have taken the first two games of their four game series with Pawtucket.

Every member of the Bats’ line-up had at least one hit, led by CF Dave Sappelt who had four.  Six separate Bats had one RBI each.

Pawtucket scored their runs in the bottom of the first on a RBI single by Ryan Lavarnway and in the eighth on a Hector Luna single.

Lavarnway, Luna, and Nate Spears had two hits each for the PawSox.

Tony Pena, Jr. (7-5) took the loss for Pawtucket, giving up four runs on nine hits in five innings.  He walked two and struck out two.  Clevelan Santeliz gave up two runs over two innings.  Royce Ring gave up the other Louisville run.

Game three of the series is tomorrow night at 7:05p.m.   Edinson Volquez (2-0, 2.18 ERA) gets the ball for the Bats.  Kyle Weiland (8-7, 3.15 ERA) throws for the PawSox.

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Bats Hold off PawSox 3-2

The Pawtucket Red Sox mustered only four hits in falling to the Louisville Bats last night 3-2, in the opener of a four game series at McCoy.

The Bats got on the board in the top of the third, scoring two runs on a two-run double by CF Denis Phipps off PawSox starter Kevin Millwood.

The PawSox tied the game in the bottom of the third.  With one out, Louisville starter Travis Wood walked Che-Husan Lin, Hector Luna, and Ryan Lavarnway to load the bases.  Lars Anderson drove in Lin with a sharp single to right.  Luna scored one batter later on a ground out by Luis Exposito.

PawSox starter Kevin Millwood was pitching well, but fell in trouble with two out in the sixth.  Millwood gave up three consecutive singles, to 2B Chris Valaika, 3B Mike Costanzo, and SS Kristopher Negron to give Louisville the lead.

Millwood (6-2) suffered the loss, giving up three runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.  He walked three and struck out ten.

Game two of the series is this afternoon at 1:05p.m.  Daryl Thompson (2-1, 3.21 ERA) takes the mound  for Louisville.  Tony Pena Jr. (7-4, 3.62 ERA) starts for Pawtucket.

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NOTES:  The Red Sox announced yesterday that utility man Yamaico Navarro and pitcher Kendal Volz were traded to the Kansas City Royals for IF Mike Aviles.  Navarro played in 34 games with the PawSox, batting .258 (33-for-128) with eight doubles, two triples, five home runs, 13 RBI, 25 runs and 17 walks.

Red Sox IF Jed Lowrie will begin a rehab assignment with the PawSox beginning Monday night.  Lowrie is expected to play Monday and Tuesday against Louisville, then Thursday and Friday against Buffalo before being re-evaluated by the Red Sox training staff.  Lowrie has been on the disabled list since June 17 with a left shoulder strain.

PawSox Get By Iron Pigs 4-3

The Pawtucket Red Sox now find themselves two games out of first place in the I.L.’s North Division after last night’s 4-3 win over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at Coca-Cola Park.

The PawSox got on the board first in the top of the first as Che-Hsuan Lin led off the game with a single, stealing second, then scoring two batters later on a single by Lars Anderson.

After the Iron Pigs scored a run to tie the game in the bottom of the second, the PawSox scored twice in the fourth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Nate Spears and Luis Exposito.

Lehigh Valley tied the game in the bottom of the fourth before the PawSox got the game winner in the sixth on a RBI single by Jose Iglesias.

Exposito had two of the PawSox’ eight hits on the night, both doubles.

Brandon Duckworth pitched well enough to earn the win.  Duckworth (8-6) has been impressive since the All-Atar break, winning for the fourth consecutive time.  Last night he worked five innings, giving up three runs on five hits.  He walked one and struck out two.

Royce Ring, Jason Rice, Tommy Hottovy, and Scott Atchison threw shutout ball the rest of the way to secure the victory.

The PawSox head home to begin a series with the Louisville Bats beginning tonight at 6:05p.m. Travis Wood (1-1, 3.71 ERA) will pitch for the Bats. Kevin Millwood (5-0, 4.06 ERA) throw for Pawtucket.

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PawSox Edge Iron Pigs 2-1

It was a pitcher’s duel matinee today in Allentown, PA between the Pawtucket Red Sox and Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  The PawSox broke-up a 1-1 tie with a run in the top of the eighth to come away with a 2-1 win at Coca-Cola Park.

The PawSox were aided in scoring the go ahead run in the eighth by Iron Pigs reliever Justin De Fratus (2-1).  Lars Anderson led off with a double and Hector Luna walked.  Nate Spears then grounded into a double play, advancing Anderson to third.  De Fratus’ first pitch to Luis Expositio got away from Lehigh Valley C Dane Sardinha allowing Anderson to score.

The other PawSox run game in the top of the second on a RBI single by Che-Hsuan Lin.

Anderson and Brent Dlugach led all PawSox hitters with two hits on the day.

PawSox starter Matt Fox and Iron Pigs starter Scott Mathieson each gave up one run over six innings.  Fox was a little inconsistent on the mound, walking five and striking out four.  He gave up only two hits, one of which was a solo homer to Iron Pigs LF Brandon Moss.

The PawSox are now three games behind Lehigh Valley for first place in the I.L.’s North Division.  The finale of the four game series is tomorrow night at 7:05p.m.  Brandon Duckworth (7-6, 3.78 ERA) gets the start for the PawSox.  Brian Bass (5-8, 4.03 ERA) will get the ball for Lehigh Valley.

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Iron Pigs Hand PawSox Third Loss In A Row

The Pawtucket Red Sox have now lost three games in a row, managing only three hits in falling to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs last night 4-1 at Coca-Cola Park.  With the loss the PawSox now find themselves four games behind the Iron Pigs in the I.L’s North Division.

The PawSox’ lone run came on a solo home run by Lars Anderson, his tenth of the season.  The homer came off Phillies starter Roy Oswalt, who went four innings in a rehab start for Lehigh Valley.

PawSox starter Kyle Weiland made his return to the club after a stint with Boston.  Weiland (8-7) took the loss, giving up three runs on two hits over four innings.  He did have control problems, surrendering five walks while striking out three.  He did give up a solo homer to the Iron Pigs’ Delwyn Young.

Clevelan Santeliz gave up one run over three innings of work.  Michael Bowden pitched a perfect eighth inning.

Game three of the series will be this morning at 11:05 a.m.  Matt Fox (6-4, 5.03 ERA) will start for Pawtucket. Scott Mathieson (0-1, 3.05 ERA) will throw for the Iron Pigs.

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Iron Pigns Rally in Tenth, Nip PawSox 8-7

The Pawtucket Red Sox broke a 6-6 tie with a run in the top of the tenth last night against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  But the Iron Pigs responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to come away with a 8-7 win at Coca-Cola Park.

Things looked promising for the PawSox as they took a 7-6 lead in the top of the tenth on a solo homer by Nate Spears.

The Iron Pigs got the bottom of the tenth started as 3B Pete Orr led off with a double off PawSox reliever Jason Rice.  RF Delwyn Young then reached on a fielder’s choice as Pawtucket SS Jose Iglesias was unsuccessful in retiring Orr at third.  LF Brandon Moss then singled to score Orr and tie the game.  After DH Tagg Bozied struck out, Rice (1-4) gave up the game winning single to 2B Josh Barfield.

The PawSox opened up the scoring in the top of the first on a RBI double by Hector Luna.

Pawtucket added two more runs in the second on a two-run double by Ryan Lavarnway.

Daniel Nava drove in a run with a double and Lavarnway two more, also with a double, in Pawtucket’s three run seventh.

PawSox starter Tony Pena, Jr. started well but gave up four runs to the Iron Pigs in the third and another in the sixth.  He finished giving up five runs on six hits over seven innings.  He walked one and struck out five.

Scott Atchison surrendered one run during his one inning on the mound.

Lvarnway had two hits and drove in four Pawtucket runs.  Nava went 4 for 5 with a RBI.

The loss is Pawtucket’s second straight and they now trail the Iron Pigs by three games in the I.L. North Division.  Game two of the series is tonight at 7:05p.m. Kyle Weiland (8-6, 3.00 ERA) returns to the Pawtucket rotation after a stint with Boston.  He’ll face Phillies starter Roy Oswalt (NR) who is on a rehab assignment.

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Late Rally Not Enough, PawSox Drop Finale to Bisons

The Pawtucket Red Sox rallied to tie their game with the Buffalo Bisons in the eighth last night, but Buffalo got the go ahead run in the bottom of the frame to come away with an 8-7 victory at Coca- Cola Field.  The victory snapped the PawSox three game winning streak.

Trailing 7-3 entering the eighth the PawSox scored four runs to tie the game.  Daniel Nava and Ryan Lavarnway led off with singles and Lars Anderson reached on an error to load the bases.  With HEctor Luna at the plate, Buffalo reliever Gustavo Chacin threw a wild pitch to score Nava.  On the next pitch Luna drove a deep homer to right to clear the bases and tie the game.

Buffalo scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the inning off PawSox reliever Ross Ring (0-1), who was making his Pawtucket debut.  CF Fernando Perez greeted Ring with a triple to right and scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by C Mike Nickeas.

The PawSox had the tying run in scoring position in the ninth, but Buffalo reliever Dale Thayer shut the door to secure the victory.

Nate Spears led off the game for the PawSox by belting a homer to right.  Pawtucket’s other runs came on an Anderson RBI double in the third and a Ronald Bermudez RBI double in the seventh.

PawSox  starter Kevin Millwood did not have his best last night, although he did not figure in the decision,  He gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits over five innings.  He walked three and struck out two.

Reliever Tommy Hottovy gave up a two run homer to Buffalo’s Valentino Pascucci in the seventh.

The PawSox head to Pennsylvania to begin a four game series with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs beginning tonight at 7:05p.m.  Tony Pena (7-4, 3.44 ERA) will make the start for the PawSox.  Ryan Feierabend (9-5, 5.42 ERA) will get the ball for the Iron Pigs.

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