Month: April 2012

Game 24, Clippers 3, PawSox 2

The Pawtucket Red Sox continue in a funk, losing its fourth in a row yesterday, 3-2 to the Columbus Clippers in Ohio.

BOX SCORE

PawSox Suffer Another Loss (PawSox.com)
Clippers Outlast Red Sox, 3-2 (Columbus Clippers)
PawSox Drop Fourth Straight Game, 3-2 to Clippers (Providence Journal)
Clippers Top Pawtucket, 3-2 (Columbus Dispatch)

UP NEXT- The finale of the four game series is tonight at 6:35p.m.  Brandon Duckworth (3-0, 2.91 ERA) starts for the PawSox. David Huff (0-1, 9.00 ERA) gets the call for Columbus

Game 23- Clippers 6, PawSox 4

The Pawtucket Red Sox have now dropped three straight following their 6-4 defeat at the hands of the Columbus Clippers last night.

BOX SCORE

PawSox Slide to Third Straight Loss (PawSox.com)
Columbus Rallies Back Against Pawtucket, 6-4 (Columbus Clippers)
PawSox lose three-run lead, suffer third straight loss (Providence Journal)
Ryan Lavarnway Developing into a True Catcher (Providence Journal)
Red Sox would consider using Cook in relief (Providence Journal)
Clippers 6, PawSox 4: Mills Homer Caps Eighth Inning Rally (Columbus Post Dispatch)
Justin Thomas Joins PawSox (45 Miles from Fenway)

UP NEXT- Game three of the series is this afternoon at 1:05p.m. Justin Germano (2-1, 1.57 ERA) starts for the PawSox.  Corey Kluber (3-1, 3.43 ERA) gets the call for the Clippers.

Game 22- Clippers 4, PawSox 1

On the heels of their nine game wining streak, the PawSox have now lost two in a row, falling 4-1 to the Columbus Clippers last night in Ohio.

BOX SCORE

Clippers Handcuff PawSox Offense  (PawSox.com)
McAllister’s Gem Lifts Clippers to Victory (Columbus Clippers)
Clippers 4, PawSox 1:Pace suits McAllister  in Victory (Columbus Post Dispatch)
Rich Hill Activated; Justin Thomas Optioned to Triple A (Sox Prospects)
Souting Scratch: The Read from McCoy (Sox Prospects)
Five Candidates to Occupy the Eventual Rotation Void Left by Aaron Cook (Examiner)

UP NEXT- Game two of the series is tonight at 7:05p.m. Justin Germano (2-1, 1.57 ERA) gets the start for the PawSox. Kevin Slowey (1-2, 4.50 ERA) will throw for Columbus

Game 21- Yankees 8, PawSox 6

The PawSox were three outs away from winning their franchise record tenth game in a row yesterday afternoon at McCoy.  But a four run ninth led the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees to a 8-6 win.

BOX SCORE

PawSox come up short against Scranton (PawSox.com)
PawSox win streak snapped as Yankees rally in ninth (Providence Journal)
PawSox win streak stopped at nine (Pawtucket Times)
May 1st is fast approaching for PawSox’ Cook (Pawtucket Times)
Yankees rally once again for victory (The Times-Leader, PA)
Yankees rally with four runs in the ninth (The Citizen’s Voice, PA)
SWB Yankees rally in 9th to beat Pawtucket (Scranton Times/Tribune, PA)
Spears Clears Waivers, Outrighted to Pawtucket (Sox Prospects)

UP NEXT-  The PawSox are off today.  They hit the road for a ten game road trip beginning with the first of a four game set tomorrow in Columbus.  Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 3.06 ERA) gets the start for the PawSox. Zach McAllister (1-1, 3.52 ERA) goes for the Clippers.  First pitch tomorrow is 7:05p.m.

PawSox Post Game- Alex Wilson

The PawSox announced today that pitcher Alex Wilson would be replaced as tonight’s starter and begin working out of the bullpen.  He made his first relief appearance as a professional tonight in the seventh inning, giving up two hits and a run.  Speculation is that the Red Sox may be grooming Wilson to be a reliever to help out the Major League club sometime this year.

Here is Wilson talking to the media following his outing tonight…

PawSox Ties Franchise Record With 4-3 Win Over Yankees

PAWTUCKET- The Pawtucket Red Sox rode a four-run fourth inning in earning its franchise-best ninth win in a row, 4-3 over the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees tonight at McCoy .

The PawSox were held hitless over the first three innings by Yankees starter D.J. Mitchell (2-1).  That came to a crashing halt in the bottom of the fourth.  Daniel Nava led off with a deep homer over the right centerfield fence.  One out later Ryan Lavarnway walked and scored on Mauro Gomez’ sixth homer of the season, a ball that cleared the low fence down the left field line.  Will Middlebrooks then reached on a triple to right and scored one batter later on a wind-aided double to left by Josh Kroeger.

Brandon Duckworth got the start for the PawSox in place of Alex Wilson, who was moved to the bullpen.  Duckworth pitched well, giving up two runs on four hits over four innings.  He walked one and struck out three.  The two runs came on a two run homer in the second by Yankees 1B Brandon Laird. Duckworth threw 69 pitches, 40 for strikes.

“He threw well today.” said PawSox Manager Arnie Beyeler, “The fact that he gave us what he did on short rest was a good thing.”

Clayton Moretnsen (2-1) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win.  He did not give up a hit, but did hit two batters.  He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

Wilson made his first professional releif appearance in the seventh.  He was shaky, giving up a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly for the Yankees third run.  He threw 19 pitches, 12 for strikes.  The move of Wilson to the pen may be a signal that he’ll play a role in the Boston bullpen in near future.

“He did a nice job” said Beyeler,  “We talked earlier about his routine.  He seemed to get up and wait and do what he was supposed to do.”

“He did a nice job getting the ball down further in the outing he went.  He got hit a little but.  But as he went on his fastball got down in the zone a lot better”

The rehabbing Rich Hill gave up one hit and a walk in the eighth but did not surrender a run.  Mark Melancon gave up one hit and struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his first Pawtucket save.

LF Steve Pearce had three hits for the Yankees.  Laird and Pena had two each.

The finale of the two game series and the homestand is tomorrow afternoon at 12:05p.m.  Adam Warren (2-1, 5.17 ERA) throws for the Yankees.  Doug Mathis  (0-1, 6.35 ERA) goes for the PawSox.

PawSox/Yankees Pre-Game Notes- April 24, 2012

The schedule has been hectic so it is with pride that I make my 2012 debut in the McCoy Stadium press box.  And it’s a great time to be here as the PawSox enter tonight’s first game of a two game series with the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees riding an eight game winning streak and sitting atop the I.L.’s North Division with a record of 14-5.

Here are the line-ups for tonight’s game:

Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees (8-8, 5th Place IL North Division)

Colin Curtis RF
Jayson Nix 3B
Dewayne Wise CF
Steve Pearce LF
Jack Cust DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Brandon Laird 1B
Ramiro Pena 2B
Doug Bernier SS

DJ Mitchell (2-0, 2.12 ERA) P

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (14-5, 1st Place IL North Division)

Daniel Nava DH
Jose Iglesias SS
Ryan Lavarnway C
Mauro Gomez 1B
Will MIddlebrooks 3B
Josh Kroeger RF
Alex Hassan LF
Che-Hsuan Lin CF
Tony Thomas 2B

Brandon Duckworth (2-0, 2.55 ERA) P

There was a switch in the starting pitching for the PawSox tonight as Duckworth will get the start with Alex Wilson, the scheduled starter, being moved to the bullpen.  Duckworth has made two starts thus far this season, going 1-0 with an ERA of 2.00.

With a win tonight the PawSox will match the longest winning streak in franchise history (9 games). They accomplished that feat five different times, the last of which came in 2000.

Much has been made of the PawSox offense thus far this season.  But the Pawtucket pitching staff is also faring well.  The staff has a team ERA of 2.79 is third best in the International League.  PawSox pitchers have allowed three runs or less in 14 of their 19 games this season.

The Yankees are road warriors this season.  They will be playing every game this season away from their home in Moosic, PA as PNC Field is undergoing renovations slated to be completed next year.

I will be providing updates of the game tonight on Twitter.  Come back here for a wrap-up at game’s end.

 

Game 18- PawSox 2, Bulls 0; Game 19- PawSox 7, Bulls 1

The Pawtucket Red Sox have now won eight straight, taking a double header last night at McCoy from the Durham Bulls.  The PawSox shut out Durham 2-0 in game one.  They came back to dominate the Bulls 7-1 in game two.

BOX SCORE GAME ONE
BOX SCORE GAME TWO 

PawSox Sweep Twin Bill for Eighth Straight (PawSox.com)
Minor League Notes (Providence Journal)
Despite the Clamor, Middlebrooks Focused on Playing for PawSox (Providence Journal)
PawSox Sweep Doubleheader from Bulls (Pawtucket Times)
PawSox Sweep Doubleheader Over Bulls, Extend Winning Streak to Eight (Examiner)
Midddlebooks Continues  Scorching Start (MiLBcom)

UP NEXT:  The PawSox host a short two game series with the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees beginning tonight at 6:15p.m. D.J. Mitchell (2-0, 2.12 ERA) gets the start for the Yankes.  Alex Wilson (1-0, 5.27 ERA) gets the ball for Pawtucket.

NOTES: The PawSox re-activated IF Pedro Ciriaco yesterday after spending time on the disabled list with a right oblique strain.  He takes the roster spot of Lars Anderson, who was called up to Boston on Sunday.

PawSox-Bulls Postponed

Today’s match-up between the PawSox and the Durham Bulls has been postponed due to rain.  The game will be made up tomorrow night as part of two seven inning double headers.  The first pitch of game one will be 5:05p.m.

Durham’s Ryan Reid (2-0, 3.97 ERA) will go up against the PawSox’  Justin Germano (1-1, 2.12 ERA) in game one.  Chris Archer (1-2, 9.95 ERA) will face Aaron Cook (2-0, 1.35 ERA) in game two.

Game 17- PawSox 9, Bulls 5

It’s six in a row for the PawSox after their 9-5 win over the Durham Bulls yesterday at McCoy.

BOX SCORE

Six in a row for first place PawSox (PawSox.com)
Durham Falls in Pawtucket, 9-5 (Durham Bulls)
Hassan Taking it to the Next Level; PawSox Win Again (Providence Journal)
Pawtucket again pounds Bulls pitching (Durham Herald Sun)
PawSox blast three homers en route to 9-5 victory of Bulls (Examiner)
Middlebrooks Continues to Mash (MiLB.com)

UP NEXT:  Game three of the series is slated for 1:05p.m. this afternoon.  Jhonny Nunez (0-1, 3.86 ERA) gets the ball for Durham. Justin Germano (1-1, 2.12 ERA) will get the start for Pawtucket.

NOTES:  Rich Hill made his first rehab appearance for the PawSox, pitching one inning. He gave up a solo homer to Bulls C Nevin Ashley and struck out two.