Month: August 2011

Early Start Leads to Red Wings Victory Over PawSox

The Rochester Red Wings scored five runs in the first inning, and then hung on to a 8-6 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox last night at Frontier Field.  Despite the loss the PawSox remain two games on top of Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North Division with five games to play.  The PawSox’ magic number to claim a play-off spot is three.

The Red Wings got off to the hot start off PawSox starter Greg Smith (4-4).  The big hit in the five run first was a three run homer to right by Rochester RF Brian Dinkelman.

The PawSox had the help of Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis and OF J.D. Drew who are with the club on rehab assignments.  Drew finished the day 3 for 3 with three singles.  Youkilis went 1 for 4 with a walk.

Down 6-0 the PawSox scored four times in the fifth.  With one out Drew singled and Youkilis walked.  Ryan Lavarnway then drove a two run double to center.  Daniel Nava then drove in Lavarnway with a double of his own.  Nava scored one batter later on a RBI single by Lars Anderson.

A Nava triple and Anderson sacrifice fly drove in a run in the seventh.  A double play by Lavarnway in the ninth resulted in the sixth Pawtucket run to score in the ninth.

Smith gave up a total of six runs on six hits over five innings.  He walked three and struck out three.

The finale of the two game series, and the final regular season road game for the PawSox is tonight at 7:05p.m. Kyle Weiland (8-9, 3.46 ERA) will start for the PawSox.  He faces Liam Hendriks (3-4, 5.23 ERA) for Rochester.

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PawSox Earn Split With Yankees

The Pawtucket Red Sox collected a total of three hits over the double header last night against the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees.  But it was good enough to earn a split, with the PawSox losing game one 3-0 but winning game two 2-0.

The PawSox lone hit in game one came by Jose Iglesias, a single in the sixth.  Pawtucket was totally shut down by Yankees starter Manny Banuelos (2-2), who went the distance for the win.  He gave up two walks and struck out six.

Tony Pena Jr (9-6) took the loss for Pawtucket, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits over 4 2/3 innings.  He walked three and struck out four.  He did surrender a solo home run to the Yankees’ Jesus Montero.

The PawSox rode the back of starter Alex Wilson to a win in game two.  Wilson (1-0) got his first win for the PawSox, shutting down the Yankees on five hits over five innings.  He walked one and struck out nine.

Pawtucket scored their runs in the fourth on a Nate Spears walk and a two run homer by Ryan Lavarnway.

Pawtucket’s only other hit was a Tony Thomas single in the fifth.

With the split the PawSox remain two games ahead of Lehigh Valley for first place in the IL North Division with six games to play.  Pawtucket now heads to Rochester to begin a two game series with the Red Wings beginning tonight at 7:05p.m.  Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew may both be on hand to begin a rehab assignment with Pawtucket.  Greg Smith is slated to get the start.

BOX SCORE GAME ONE

BOX SCORE GAME TWO

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PawSox Sweep Yankees, Widen Division Lead

The Pawtucket Red Sox took a double header over the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees last night, 6-1 and 7-3.  And with Lehigh Valley’s loss in Louisville the PawSox find themselves leading the Iron Pigs by 1 1/2 games in the I.L. North Division with eight games to play.

In game one the PawSox got out to a quick lead off Yankees starter Adam Warren (6-7).  Daniel Nava blasted a solo homer in the first and Jose Iglesias belted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the second.  Hector Luna added a two run double in the sixth and Nava drove in the final run for the PawSox with a double in the seventh.

Matt Fox (9-4), fresh off the disabled list, shutdown the Yankees, giving up only one hit over five scoreless innings.  He walked two and struck out five in getting the win.

In game two the PawSox scored first in the top of the first on a Luna RBI single.  The Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the inning on a two run homer by 1B Jorge Vazquez.

The PawSox scored four runs over the next two innings to pull away.  Brett Carroll led off the second by reaching on and error by Yankees CF Chris Dickerson which allowed Carroll to advance to third.  Iglesias followed with a RBI double to right to tie the game.  Matt Spring singled Iglesias to third.  Che-Hsuan Lin then grounded into a double play, but Iglesias was able to score the go-ahead run.

With one out in the third Lars Anderson reached on a single off Yankees pitcher Aaron Laffey (0-1).  Luna drove in Anderson with a deep double to center.  After Andrew Brackman replaced Aaron Laffey on the mound, Will Middlebrooks singled and Carroll drove in Luna with a sacrifice fly.

Singles by Luna and Middlebrooks in the seventh drove in the final Pawtucket runs.

Jason Rice got the spot start for the PawSox and gave up two runs over three innings.  Hidecki Okajima (7-1) pitched two scoreless innings to get the win.

Luna led all hitters by getting five hits over the two games.

Weather permitting the two teams will play again tonight at 7:05p.m. Tony Pena, Jr. (9-5, 3.46 ERA) throws for the PawSox.  He’ll face Manny Banuelos (1-2, 3.86 ERA) for Scranton.

BOX SCORE GAME ONE

BOX SCORE GAME TWO

NOTES:  With the Red Sox playing a double header today they called up PawSox reliever Scott Atchison to shore up the bullpen.  C. Ryan Lavarnway was optioned back to Pawtucket.

Late Rally Leads PawSox Over Chiefs

The Pawtucket Red Sox scored ten runs over the final two innings to come away with a 12-4 win over the Syarcuse Chiefs in the finale of the two game series at Alliance Bank Park.

With the score tied 2-2 entering the eighth, the PawSox tacked on two runs to take the lead.  Che-Hsuan Lin led off the inning with a single off Syracuse reliever Ryan Tatsko (3-4).  Lee Hyde replaced Tasko and walked Nate Spears.  Daniel Nava sacrificed the runners to second and third.  Lars Anderson then struck out.  After Jeff Mandel replaced Hyde Hector Luna drove a two-run single to center.

Pawtucket erupted for eight runs in the ninth.  Luis Exposito and Jose Iglesias led off with singles and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Lin.  Atahualpa Severino replaced Mandel and gave up an RBI single to Spears and a two run double to Nava.  Anderson then drove in Nava with a single.  A Luna single and Will Middlebrooks walked loaded the bases.  Two batters later Exposito drove a 2-2 pitch to the opposite field in right for a grand slam.

The PawSox first two runs came in the third on a Lin ground out and a Spears double.

Every batter in the PawSox line-up had at least one hit, with Exposito leading the way with three.

Kyle Weiland got the start but did not earn a decision.  He worked six innings, giving up two runs on six hits.  He walked three and struck out one.

With the loss last night by Lehigh Valley, the PawSox and Iron Pigs are in a virtual tie for first in the I.L. North Division.

As Hurricane Irene makes its way north, the PawSox will be playing a double header tonight at Scranton-Wilkes Barre against the Yankees.  No game will be played on Sunday.  Matt Fox (8-4, 4.21 ERA)  and Adam Warren (6-6, 3.29 ERA) will throw in one game.  It’s unclear who will pitch in game rwo.

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Chiefs Continue Dominance Over PawSox

The Syracuse Chiefs have now won four of the last five games over the Pawtucket Red Sox following last night’s 3-1 win at Alliance Bank Stadium.

The two teams were tied at 1-1 until the Chiefs took the lead for good scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh off Pawtucket reliever Junichi Tazawa (1-1).  SS Matt Antonelli led off with a double and scored two batters later as 3B Seth Bynum blasted a two-run homer to right.

The PawSox run came in the top of the second on a solo home run to center by Lars Anderson.

Greg Smith made his second start for the PawSox and again looked sharp.  Smith worked six innings, giving up one run on four hits.  He walked two and struck out four.

Chiefs starter Tom Millone (11-6) was just a little better, getting the win by giving up one run over seven innings.  He walked one and struck out eight.

With the loss the PawSox are now one game behind Lehigh Valley for first place in the I.L. North Division.

The two teams wrap-up their two game series in Syracuse tonight at 7:00p.m. Kyle Weiland (8-9, 3.48 ERA) will start for the PawSox.  He faces Brad Meyers (5-4, 3.62 ERA) for the Chiefs.

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NOTES:  Ryan Kalish continues to battle the injury bug, being placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained right trapezius.

Chiefs Hold Off PawSox 4-2

The Syracuse Chiefs broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the sixth then held off a Pawtucket rally in the ninth to come away with a 4-2 win over the PawSox last night at McCoy.  With the win the Chiefs won three of the four games in the series.  Pawtucket remains percentage points ahead of Lehigh Valley for first place in the I.L. North Division.

With the game tied 2-2 and one out in the sixth, PawSox reliever Jason Rice (4-5) gave up a single to LF Roger Bernadina, a walk to 3B Matt Antonelli, and a single to RF Jesus Valdez to load the bases.  DH Tug Hullet drove in a run with a single to center.  After Rice forced C Jhonatan Solano to pop out to third, he threw a wild pitch to SS Seth Bynum, allowing Antonelli to score.

The PawSox loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Syracuse reliever Josh Wilkie.  But Wilkie struck out Brett Carroll and forced Jose Iglesias to ground into a double play to end the game.

Carroll and Lars Anderson drove in the two PawSox runs with RBI singles in the second and third innings.

Alex Wilson had his second start with the PawSox and did not figure in the decision, working four innings, giving up two runs on five hits.  He walked four and struck out two.

The two teams will move to Syracuse for a two game series which begins tonight at 7:05p.m.  Greg Smith (4-3, 4.45 ERA) takes to the mound for the PawSox.  He’ll face Tom Milone (10-6, 3.43 ERA) for the Chiefs.

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NOTES:  Relief pitcher Randy Williams is back with the PawSox after being designated for assignment by Boston last week.  Williams is 1-1 with a 1.33 ERA for Pawtucket.  He threw two scoreless innings for the PawSox last night.

PawSox Hang On to Beat Chiefs 3-2

Che-Hsuan Lin’s two-run homer in the fifth broke up a 1-1 tie leading the PawSox to a 3-2 win over the Syracuse Chiefs last night at McCoy.

The PawSox got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth on a two out single by Will Middlebrooks and a RBI double by Brett Carroll.

The Chiefs tied the game in the fifth on a lead-off double by RF Jeff Frazier, a sacrifice bunt, and a ground out by 2B Steve Lombardozzi.

Jose Iglesias led off the fifth by earning a walk off Syracuse starter Craig Stammen (9-7).  Lin then took the first pitch he saw and drove it over the fence in left to give the PawSox the lead.  It was only the second homer of the season for the PawSox center fielder.

Tony Pena Jr. got the start and earned the win.  Pena (9-5) pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out three.

Tommy Hottovy gave up a solo homer to Syracuse LF Corey Brown in the seventh for the second Chiefs run.  Michael Bowden came on in the ninth to earn his 16th save of the season.

Lin, Middlebrooks, and Hector Luna had two hits each to pace Pawtucket.

The finale of the series is tonight at 7:05p.m.   Brad Peacock (3-1, 3.55 ERA) takes the hill for the Chiefs. Alex Wilson (0-0, 4.50 ERA) will throw for the PawSox.

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Six Run Inning Does in PawSox

The Syracuse Chiefs scored six runs in the second inning, enough to come away with a 7-4 victory this afternoon at McCoy.  The Chiefs have won the first two games of the four game series with the PawSox.

The Chiefs got the six runs off PawSox starter Felix Doubront (1-5) .  The first run scored on back-to-back doubles to lead-off the inning by RF Jesus Valdez and DH Tug Hulett.  SS Seth Bynum singled Hulett to third.  LF Jeff Frazier then belted a 3-2 pitch deep to left for a three run homer.

The Chiefs were not done.  C Carlos Maldonado walked.  CF  Corey Brown then doubled Maldonado to third.  After Royce Ring replaced Doubront on the mound, 3B Matt Antonelli drove in Maldonado with a sacrifice fly and 1B Chris Merrero singled in Brown for the sixth run of the inning.

Scott Atchison gave up a solo homer to Bynum in the eighth to round out the Syracuse scoring.

The PawSox scored single runs in the fourth and sixth on a ground out by Lars Anderson and a single by Daniel Nava.

The PawSox scored twice in the bottom of the ninth on a Hector Luna two run home run, his 13th homer of the season.

Game three of the series will be tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.  Craig Stammen (9-6, 4.41 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Syracuse. Tony Pena, Jr. (8-5, 3.60 ERA) gets the ball for the PawSox.

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Chiefs Edge PawSox at Fenway 3-1

BOSTON- The Syracuse Chiefs were able take advantage of sloppy starting pitching in defeating the Pawtucket Red Sox 3-1 today in the second game of the “Futures at Fenway” double header in Boston.

PawSox starter Kyle Weiland (8-9) labored through his outing.  He did get through five innings, giving up three runs on six hits.  He had trouble commanding the strike zone, walking four while striking out five.  He threw 92 pitches, 51 for strikes.  Weiland said after the game he struggled with cramping in his calf during the fifth and sixth innings.

“It’s kind of been the story the last few outings.” said Weiland, “There’s no excuse.  You should still be able to go out there and get through the rest of your outing.”

“The last few outings I haven’t had the consistency on the release point I had earlier in the year.  It’s just a matter of how you can get back into that rythm.”

“I thought for (Weiland) to give us the five innings he did, we were pretty fortunate.” said PawSox Manager Arnie Beyeler.

Daniel Nava got the PawSox on the board in the bottom of the first by lofting a 3-1 pitch by Syracuse starter Brad Meyers over the PawSox bullpen in right center for a solo home run.

The Chiefs got the run back off Weiland in the second.  3B Matt Antonelli led off the inning with a single.  A passed ball by Luis Exposito allowed Antonelli to advance to second. SS Seth Bynum then drove in Antonelli with a single to center.

Weiland’s lack of command got him in trouble in the fifth. With one out 2B Steve Lombardozzi walked.  After LF Roger Bernadina grounded to first,  Lombardozzi stole third.  1B Chris Merrero walked.  RF Jesus Valdez then singled to center to give Syracuse a 2-1 lead.

Syracuse got to Weiland again in the top of the sixth.  Antonelli led off with a double and was driven in on a RBI single by Bynum.

The PawSox were able to get the lead-off men on base in both the seventh and eighth innings, but double plays wiped out both potential rallies.

“We didn’t get too many guys past second base” said Beyeler, “We didn’t hit too many balls hard today.”

Meyers (5-4) got the win for the Chiefs, going six innings, giving up one run of five hits.  He walked one and struck out four.  He threw 85 pitches, 51 for strikes.

Bynum finished the day 3 for 4 with two RBI.  Antonelli had two hits for the Chiefs.

The two teams will return to McCoy for game two of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1:05p.m.  Yunesky Mava (2-8, 5.37 ERA) goes for Syracuse.  Felix Doubront (1-4, 3.68 ERA) will throw for the PawSox.

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NOTES: In the first game of the double header the Binghamton Mets scored four runs in the top of 11th inning to come away with a 6-4 win over the Portland Sea Dogs.  The bright spot for the Sea Dogs was the performance of LF Alex Hassan. The Milton, MA native went 3 for 4 with a homer and 2 RBI.

PawSox/Chiefs Pre-Game Notes- August 20, 2011

BOSTON- Welcome to Fenway Park as the PawSox get set to play the back end of the annual “Futures of Fenway” double header.  It’s also the opener of a four game series with the Syracuse Chiefs. The PawSox enter the game one game ahead of Lehigh Valley for first place in the I.L. North Division.

The PawSox are 2-1 in three appearances as part of the “Futures at Fenway” series.  In 2006 they defeated the Rochester Red Wings 5-4.  In 2008 the PawSox beat the Charlotte Knights 5-2.  In their last appearance the PawSox fell to the Norfolk Tides in 2009 by a score of 7-3.

Here are the line-ups:

Syracuse Chiefs (56-67, 4th Place IL North Division)

Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Roger Bernadina LF
Chris Merrero 1B
Jesus Valdez RF
Jhonatan Solano C
Matt Antonelli 3B
Seth Bynum  SS
Jeff Frazier DH
Corey Brown CF

Brad Meyers (4-4, 3.79 ERA) P

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (72-54, 1st Place IL North Division)

Che-Hsuan Lin RF
Ryan Kalish CF
Daniel Nava DH
Lars Anderson 1B
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Hector Luna 2B
Brett Carroll LF
Luis Exposito C
Jose Iglesias SS

Kyle Weiland (8-8, 3.40 ERA) P

Although it’s a thrill for both teams to get a taste of the majors by playing at Fenway, it’s not always a good thing in terms of preparing for a game.  Both teams are not allowed to use the Fenway clubhouses and will not be able to take part in the normal pre-game routine of batting practice on the field.

“Your routine kind of gets messed up on days like this.” said PawSox Manager Arnie Beyeler, “The clubhouse situation, waiting for another game to get over.  But once the guys get playing, getting an inning our two into the game, it’s baseball.”

Weiland is no stranger to Fenway, starting for Boston July 10th against the Orioles.  He did not earn a no decision in that game, going four innings and giving up six runs.  He walked two and struck out six.

“He’s familiar with the surroundings here.” said Beyeler.  “He’s also pitched during one of the Futures games before.  He’s a good guy to have out there.”

Middlebooks will make his first start in the field for the PawSox at third base.  Middlebooks was called up from Portland by Pawtucket last night and was 0 for 4 as the DH.

Luna is the hottest PawSox batter at the moment, hitting safely in 11 of his last 12 games with an average of .465.

We will be providing updates from Fenway via Twitter.  Come back here for a complete wrap after the game.