Month: September 2011

Iron Pigs Sweep Away PawSox

The 2011 baseball season has officially ended for the Pawtucket Red Sox after falling to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs last night 3-1 at McCoy in game three of the opening round of the International League Playoffs.  Lehigh Valley swept the best-of-five series winning three games to none.

The PawSox offense became a non-factor in the series, scoring a total of five runs over three games.  Of their 18 hits in the series, only six were for extra bases.

The PawSox collected only five singles off Lehigh Valley starter Brain Bass (1-0).  Pawtucket’s lone run was unearned and came in the bottom of the ninth.  Bass struck out two and walked two in going the distance for the Iron Pigs.

The Pawtucket pitching staff was nearly equal to the task over the three games.  Alex Wilson (0-1) pitched well enough to win, giving up three runs on only three hits over seven innings.  He walked one and struck out six. Trevor Miller threw two hitless innings to close the game.

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Moss, Iron Pigs Put PawSox’ Backs to the Wall

Former PawSox outfielder Brandon Moss went 3 for 5 and drove in all the Lehigh Valley runs, including the game winner in the bottom of the tenth, to lead the Iron Pigs to a 3-2 win last night in game two of the International League opening round playoffs.  Lehigh Valley now has a two game to nothing lead in the best-of-five series.

Pawtucket got on the board in the top of the first on a RBI double by Lars Anderson.

Moss belted his second home run of the series, a solo shot off PawSox starter Tony Pena, Jr., in the second.  A Moss RBI double in the third gave Lehigh Valley a 2-1 lead.

That’s how things stayed until the top of the eighth when the PawSox knotted the score.  Che-Hsuan Lin started the inning by reaching on a bunt single off Iron Pigs reliever Phillippe Aumont.  Aumont then threw a wild pitch, sending Lin to second.  Jose Iglesias sacrificed Lin to third. Danial Nava drove in Lin with a ground rule double to left.  Unfortunately Nava was stranded at second as Anderson struck out and Hector Luna grounded out to end the inning.

PawSox reliever Randy Williams (0-1) did not help his own cause in giving up with winning run in the tenth.  SS Freddy Galvais led off with a single.  CF Rich Thompson then reached first after Williams could not handle his sacrifice bunt attempt.  LF Scott Podsednick then advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt of his own.  Williams intentionally walked 3B Kevin Frandsen before giving-up the game-winning single to Moss.

Pena gave up two runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings on the mound.  He walked three and struck out two.

The remainder of the series will be played at McCoy, beginning with a do-or-die game three for Pawtucket tonight at 6:05p.m.  Brian Bass (8-10, 3.81 ERA) starts for the Iron Pigs.  Alex Wilson (1-0, 3.43 ERA) will get the ball for the PawSox.

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NOTES:  The winner of this series will be matched-up against defending Governor’s Cup Champion Columbus Clippers.  The Clippers swept away the Durham Bulls, winning game three last night 5-2.

There was one roster move made by the PawSox yesterday as Royce Ring rejoined the team from Portland.  The move was made after Boston called-up Scott Atchison to join the Red Sox bullpen.

Iron Pigs Take Game One 4-2

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs belted three solo home runs, and it’s pitching staff kept the Pawtucket Red Sox in check, as they held on to a 4-2 win and a 1-0 lead in the  best-of-five opening round series of the International League Playoffs.

C Erik Kratz (2nd inning) and RF Brandon Moss (4th inning) belted homers off PawSox starter Matt Fox.  Brandon Duckworth gave up a home run to SS Freddy Galvis in the seventh.

Fox (0-1) gave up three runs on five hits over five innings.  He walked two and struck out three.

The PawSox offense struggled early against Lehigh Valley starter Dave Bush (1-0),  Bush held Pawtucket scoreless until the sixth when he gave up a lead-off home run to Lars Anderson.  Bush worked 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits in getting the victory.

Pawtucket’s other run came in the eighth on a Luis Exposito bases loaded ground out.

Game two of the series is tonight at 7:05p.m. at Coca-Cola Field.  Tony Pena, Jr. (9-6, 3.56 ERA) throws for the PawSox.  He’ll face Ryan Edell (5-5, 3.27 ERA) for Lehigh Valley.

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NOTES: In the other I.L opening round series the Columbus Clippers took a two game to nothing lead in the best of five series after beating the Durham Bulls 8-3 last night.  The Clippers can wrap-up the series and advance to the Governor’s Cup Championship series with a win tonight in game three in Columbus.

PawSox/Iron Pigs Game One Playoff Game Postponed

Tonight’s game one of the International League Playoffs between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs has been postponed due to rain.

Game one will now take place tomorrow night at 7:05p.m. at Coca Cola Park.  That means the entire schedule will be shifted one day, with games three, four, and five at McCoy taking place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Here is the updated schedule with anticipated pitching match-ups:

Game 1 Thursday @ 7:05 p.m. – Allentown, PA
RHP Matt Fox (10-4, 3.96) vs. RHP Dave Bush (1-2, 3.91)

Game 2 Friday @ 7:05 p.m. – Allentown, PA
RHP Tony Pena, Jr. (9-6, 3.56) vs. LHP Ryan Edell (5-5, 3.27)

Game 3 Saturday @ 6:05 p.m. – Pawtucket
RHP Alex Wilson (1-0, 3.43) vs. RHP Brian Bass (8-10, 3.81)

Game 4* Sunday @ 1:05 p.m. – Pawtucket
RHP Charlie Haeger (NR) vs. RHP Scott Mathieson (2-2, 3.28)

Game 5* Monday @ 6:05 p.m. – Pawtucket
LHP Greg Smith (5-4, 4.52) vs. RHP Nate Bump (5-9, 4.97)

*If Necessary

NOTES: The PawSox made a number of roster moves in preparation for the play-off series.  The team transferred P Royce Ring to Portland while calling up P Charlie Haeger.  P  Brandon Duckworth and IF Tony Thomas were activated off the disabled list while Tony Pena, Jr, was activated off the temporarily inactive list.

PawSox Win Season Finale 7-3

The Pawtucket Red Red Sox ended its 2011 season on a positive note, beating the Rochester Red Wings 7-3 this afternoon at McCoy.

The PawSox got off to a big start by scoring four runs in the bottom of the second on a solo homer by Will Middlebrooks and a three-run shot by C Dan Butler.

The PawSox scored three more runs in the fifth.  Che-Hsuan Lin led off with a double and advanced to third on a single by Joey Gathright.  Red Wings starter Eric Hacker issued walked to Daniel Nava and Lars Anderson to force in a run.  Middlebrooks drove in Gathright with a sacrifice fly and Brett Carroll knocked in Nava with a RBI single.

Greg Smith (5-4) gave up two runs and three hits over six innings to get the win.  He walked two and struck out four.

The I.L. North Champion PawSox have an off day tomorrow before embarking on game one of the I.L Playoffs beginning Wednesday at Lehigh Valley against the Iron Pigs. The pitching match-ups have not been announced.  The PawSox play the first two games of the best-of-five series in Allentown before returning home for game three Friday night.

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NOTES: As the PawSox begin post season play, they’ll be without some players who have been instrumental to their success.  The Red Sox today called up Ryan Lavarnway, Kyle Weiland, and Nate Spears to their expanded roster.  Drew Sutton was also designated for assignment to make room for Spears on Boston’s 40-man roster.

The PawSox did call up Ryan Khoury from Portland to help shore-up the PawSox infield corps.

PawSox Get Late Run to Edge Red Wings 4-3

The Pawtucket Red Sox once again rallied for the go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth, this time to come away with a 4-3 win over the Rochester Red Wings last night at McCoy.

With the score knotted at 3-3 entering the bottom of the eighth Lars Anderson led off the inning by earning a walk off Red Wings’ reliever Chuck James (3-2).  Hector Luna singled to right advancing Anderson to second.  Luis Exposito grounded into a double play, moving Anderson to third.  Will Middlebrooks then drove in the winning run with a single to left.

Rochester starter Deinys Suarez’ inability to command the strike zone led to two Pawtucket runs in the bottom of the third.  With one out Suarez walked Jose Iglesias and Joey Gathright.  With Drew Sutton at the plate Suarez threw a wild pitch advancing the runners.  After Sutton was retired on strikes, Daniel Nava drove in both runners with a line single to right.

Nava drove in his third run of the game with a RBI double to right in the fifth.  Nava finished the day 2 for 3 with a walk and three RBI.

Alex Wilson 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 struck out six but did not walk a batter.  Wilson gave up one home runs, a two run shot to former PawSox’ Aaron Bates in the fourth.

Hidecki Okajima (8-1) earned the win in relief.  Randy Williams came on in the ninth to pick-up his eighth save of the year.

The two clubs will wrap up the regular season this afternoon at 1:05p.m. Eric Hacker (7-13, 5.85 ERA) takes the mound for Rochester.  Greg Smith (4-4, 4.64 ERA) will throw for the PawSox.

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NOTES:  With the win the PawSox won their 80th game of the season.  This is only the seventh time in franchise history the PawSox have reached that plateau, with the last being in 2008 when Pawtucket won a franchise-best 85 games.

PawSox C Ryan Lavarnway is expected to be called up by the Red Sox today as they embark on a trip to Tornoto beginning this afternoon.   In a related move the PawSox placed Tony Pena, Jr on the temporarily inactive list and called up C Dan Butler from Portland.

Late Rally Leads PawSox to I.L. North Title

The Pawtucket Red Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees 12-7 last night and in the process, won the 2011 International League North Division title.  The PawSox have advanced to the post season for the first time since 2008 and have won their first division pennant since 2003.

Trailing 7-5 entering the bottom of the eighth, Yankees reliever Eric Wordekemper led off the inning by hitting Che-Hsuan Lin with a pith and walking Drew Sutton.  Kevin Whelan replaced Wordekemper on the mound and Joey Gathright came on to run for Sutton.  Ryan Lavarnway then gave the PawSox the lead with one swing of the bat, lifting a 3-2 pitch over the fence in left for a three-run home run.

The PawSox were not done scoring in the inning.  Singles by Lars Anderson and Daniel Nava and a walk to Hector Luna loaded the bases for Pawtucket.  Whelan then settled down to strike out Will Middlebrooks and Luis Exposito.  Jose Iglesias drove in two runs with a single to left.  After Lin walked, Gathright drove in two more runs with a single to right.

It looked like the PawSox would have an easy time with the Yankees after they scored five runs in the bottom of the first.  The big hit was a grand slam by Middlebrooks, his first homer in a Pawtucket uniform.

Tony Pena, Jr. started for Pawtucket and gave up four runs on six hits over five innings.  He walked one and struck out two.  Pena gave up a solo home run to Yankees 1B Mike Lamb in the top of the first.

Junichi Tazawa and Trevor Miller gave up a combined three runs.  Royce Ring (1-2) picked-up the win.  Randy Williams was on the mound to record the division-clinching out.

The PawSox have two regular season games remaining, both with the Rochester Red Wings.  Game one will be this afternoon at 1:05p.m. at McCoy.  Deinys Suarez (0-3, 6.53 ERA) will get the start for Rochester.  Alex Wilson (1-0, 3.00 ERA) takes to the mound for the PawSox.

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PawSox Beat Yankees, Magic Number Down To One

The Pawtucket Red Sox took a step closer to clinching its first post season berth in four years by beating the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees 4-3 last night at McCoy.  The magic number for the PawSox to win the I.L. North Division is down to one.

The Yankees wasted little time in scoring the first run of the game in the bottom of the first as lead-off hitter Kevin Russo greeted PawSox starter Matt Fox with a solo home run to left.

The PawSox responded with two runs in the bottom of the first.  Che-Hsuan Lin led off with a single and advanced to second on a ground out by Drew Sutton.  Ryan Lavarnway walked.  Lars Anderson drove in Lin with a double to right.  A Daniel Nava ground out plated Lavarnway one batter later.

A Sutton walk and Lavarnway double resulted in the PawSox third run in the third.  Hector Luna belted a solo homer to center in the sixth to cap the Pawtucket scoring.

Fox (10-4), recently removed from the PawSox’ temporarily inactive list, got the win, giving up one run on four hits over five innings.  He walked three and struck out four.

Anderson and Luna had two hits each for the PawSox.

The finale of the series with Scranton is tonight at 6:05p.m.  Manny Banuelos (2-2, 3.03 ERA) rakes to the hill for the Yankees.  Tony Pena Jr. (9-6, 3.40 ERA) will throw for the PawSox.

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NOTES: Royce Ring joined Fox yesterday in being removed from the temporarily inactive list.  The pair take the roster spots left open by the promotion to Boston by Felix Doubrontand the trade of Jason Rice to Oakland..

Sutton came off the disabled list yesterday while Tony Thomas was added to the DL (retroactive to August 31) with a left hand contusion.

On Wednesday the Red Sox signed OF Joey Gathright and he has joined the PawSox. The 30 year-old Gathright has played in 445 games in the majors with Tampa Bay (2005-06), Kansas City (2006-08), the Cubs (2009), and the Red Sox (2009) compiling a .263 average with 1 HR, 96 RBI and 80 SB. He played in 3 games for the PawSox in 2009 (2-for-10) and was promoted to Boston in September of ’09 hitting .313 in 17 games for the Red Sox. He was with the Norfolk Tides (Orioles-AAA) for much of last season batting .185 in 61 games. Joey spent this season playing for Yuma (Arizona) of the North American
Independent League. He was hitting .347 with 20 SB after joining the Scorpions on June 10.

Red Wings Sweep PawSox 4-2

For the second consecutive game the Rochester Red Wings scored early, beating the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-2 last night and sweeping the two game series at Frontier Field.  The good news for the PawSox is that Lehigh Valley also lost last night, meaning Pawtucket remains two games ahead of the Iron Pigs for first place in the I.L. North Division with four games to play.

The Red Wings scored three runs in the first two innings off PawSox starter Kyle Weiland (8-10).  An RBI double by Jeff Bailey and a run scoring single by Dusitn Martin plated two runs in the first.  A Jair Fernandez double in the second drove in Rochester’s third run.

Weiland finished the day by giving up four runs on seven hits over six innings.  He walked two and struck out six.

The PawSox runs came on a sacrifice fly by Nate Spears in the fifth and a solo homer by Kevin Youkilis in the ninth.

The PawSox have today off.  They open a season-ending homestand Friday with the first of two games with the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees beginning at 7:05p.m.  Adam Warren (6-7, 3.51 ERA) will start for the Yankees vs. Matt Fox (9-4, 4.04 ERA) will throw for the PawSox.

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NOTES:  Youkilis finished the game going 1 for 4 in the second game of his rehab assignment.  Sidelined with a lower back strain since August 18th, Youkilis is expected to rejoin Boston tomorrow.

J.D. Drew was slated to be the DH in last night’s game but was scratched with a sprained right middle finger.  It’s unclear whether Drew will be reactivated by the Red Sox as planned tomorrow.

Before the game on Tuesday the Red Sox signed reliever Trevor Miller and assigned him to the PawSox.  The 38- year old Miller has pitched for seven major league organizations.  He pitched for the PawSox in 2001.