2012 Game Results

PawSox Fall to Aces in Triple-A Championship

The International League Champion Pawtucket Red Sox could not come up with one more win, falling to the Reno Aces, 10-3, in the Triple A Championship Game last night in Durham, NC.

BOX SCORE

Reno Comes Up Aces Against PawSox (PawSox.com)
Aces Win Triple-A Championship (Reno Aces)
Aces 10, PawSox 3: Reno Deals Pawtucket Losing Hand in Title Game (Providence Journal)
PawSox Fall to Reno Aces in AAA Title Game, 10-3 (Pawtucket Times)
PawSox Humbled in Title Game (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Pawtucket Red Sox Drop Triple-A National Title Game (Brockton Enterprise)
Reno Draws All Aces For Triple-A Title (MiLB.com)
PawSox Routed in Triple-A Title Game (ESPN Boston)
Reno Aces Rout Pawtucket Red Sox, 10-3. in Triple-A National Championship Game (SB Nation Boston)
Aces Pull Out Clubs Against PawSox in Triple A Championship (Boston.com)
Aces: Reno Routs Pawtucket to Take National Championship (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Reno Wins Triple-A Championship in Blowout Fashion (Durham News and Observer)
Reno Comes up Aces, Denies PawSox Triple-A Championship (Independent Weekly)

PawSox Take Home Governor’s Cup with Sweep of Knights

The Pawtucket Red Sox won their first International League title since 1984 after sweeping the Charlotte Knights, 4-1, last night in Game four of the Governor’s Cup Finals.

BOX SCORE

PawSox Win 2012 Governor’s Cup Championship (PawSox.com)
Knights Lose Game Three 4-1 Season Comes to a Close (Charlotte Knights)
PawSox 4, Knights 1: Pawtucket Sweeps Charlotte to Win Governor’s Cup (Providence Journal)
Beyeler Did Major League Job with PawSox–and Now Deserves One (Providence Journal)
Mission Accomplished: PawSox Capture Governor’s Cup (Pawtucket Times)
PawSox Win Governor’s Cup (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
PawSox Finish Championship Sweep (WEEI)
PawSox Pull Out Brooms to Claim Governor’s Cup Title (Boston.com)
Figueroa Snaps Red Sox’ Title Drought (MiLB.com)
Red Sox Sweep Eliminates Knights (Charlotte Observer)

UP NEXT- The PawSox season is not over. They will play the winner of the Pacific Coast League Finals between the Reno Aces and Omaha Storm Chasers. That winner-take-all one game playoff will take place next Tuesday at 7:05p.m. in Durham, NC. The Aces and Storm Chacres are tied at one game apiece in their best-of-five series with game three tonight.

Governor’s Cup Final Game 2- PawSox 2, Knights 0

The Pawtucket Red Sox finds itself one win away from the International League Championship following last night’s 2-0 win over the Charlotte Knights in Game two of the Governor’s Cup Finals at McCoy Stadium. The PawSox have a two games to none lead in the bast-of-five series.

BOX SCORE

PawSox One Win Away From Cup (PawSox.com)
Knights Shutout 2-0 by Pawtucket on Wednesday (CHarlotte Knights)
PawSox 2, Knights 1: Pawtucket is One Win Away From Title (Providence Journal)
PawSox Journal- Brentz Getting His Shot (Providence Journal)
PawSox Now One Win Away from Governor’s Cup Title (Pawtucket Times)
Brentz’ Sliding Plays Key Role in PawSox’ Wins (Pawtucket Times)
PawSox Close on I.L. Cup (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Stewart’s Stellar Performance Gives PawSox 2-0 Series Lead (CLNS Radio)
Pawtucket Pitching Puts Charlotte Knights in Must-Win Position (Charlotte Observer)

UP NEXT- The PawSox can secure their first Governor’s Cup Championship since 1984 with a win tonight in game three of the series in Fort Mill, SC. Game time is 7:15p.m. with Nelson Figueroa (1-0, 1.13 ERA)/(12-5, 3.89 ERA) getting the start for Pawtucket and Matt Zaleski (1-0, 3.24 ERA)/(7-6, 3.70 ERA) on the mound for Charlotte.

PawSox 7, Knights 2: Pawtucket takes a 1-0 lead in Governors’ Cup final

Pawtucket — A multitude of events have occurred during the last 35 years, and up until tonight a particular occurrence in the history of the Pawtucket Red Sox remained dormant during that time span.

A victory at McCoy Stadium during the Governors’ Cup final.

Just like most favorable occasions that rewrite the history books, the PawSox’ 7-2 victory over the Charlotte Knights didn’t transpire sans good fortune.

Following singles by Nate Spears and Tony Thomas to start the first inning, Knights’ starter, Charles Leesman, collided with teammate Seth Loman in attempt to play a J.C. Linares grounder down the first-base line, and awkwardly performed an unsolicited backward somersault.

Leesman, who was honored the “Best Changeup” in the Chicago White Sox farm system by Baseball America prior to the season, instantly grabbed his left knee and grimaced in pain, which persisted when aided of the field by his team’s training staff.

Rather than taxing their bullpen to start this best-of-five series, Leesman was replaced by Andre Rienzo, who was originally scheduled to pitch in game two tomorrow.

Rienzo was handed the loss, but his efforts (5 2/3 innings with three earned runs and seven strikeouts) will certainly be greeted with praise from the likes of his teammates and coaching staff.

“I’m sure it’s tough when they pull their second game starter off the bench like that,” PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said, referring to the freak incident.

“I’m sure he (Rienzo) wasn’t ready to go. I thought he did a great job to get deep into the game like he did. It’s just too bad with Leesman to have that happen to him. He’s one of the best pitchers in the league.”

Danny Valencia was the first PawSox batter to approach the plate after the switch, and hit a sacrifice fly to score in Nate Spears.

Two innings later, Valencia connected on a home run to deep left field off Rienzo — marking his second straight game with a home run.

The PawSox went on to tag four more runs off Knights’ pitching, including back-to-back home runs by Tony Thomas (two run) and J.C. Linares — who entered tonight 1-for-12 in four regular season appearances against the Knights — in the seventh.

PawSox’ starter Steven Wright put his club in position to win, despite a shaky first inning in which the 28-year-old allowed seven Knights to come aboard but escaped with only a one-run deficit.

“I’ve always struggled in the first inning for some reason,” said Wright. “I just get excited and I think I just rush a little bit.

“Once I calmed down and stayed back, I was able to keep the ball down in the zone and got them to swing over them (the knuckleball).

On their quest to achieve International League glory for the first time since 1984, the PawSox will send Zach Stewart (3-5, 3.94) to the mound for game two. If the Knights plan to move their probable starters back a game, then Stewart will counter Charlie Shirek (11-5, 3.65).

But for now, Charlotte’s starter is to-be-announced.

I.L. Playoffs Game 4- PawSox 7, Yankees 1

The Pawtucket Red scored all its runs in the second inning on its way to a 7-1 win over the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees last night and in doing so, won the best-of-five playoff series three games to one.

BOX SCORE

PawSox Punch Ticket to Finals with 7-1 Win (PawSox.com)
PawSox 7, Yankees 1: Figueroa’s Gem Puts Pawtucket in Final (Providence Journal)
PawSox advance to Governor’s Cup Finals (Pawtucket Times)
PawSox Clinch Finals Berth (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Boston Red Sox: Pawtucket Advances to International League Championship (Bleacher Report)
Pawtucket Red Sox Eliminate Empire State Yankees (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Road Ends for Yanks in Game Four (Times Leader, PA)
SWB Yankees Season Ends with 7-1 Loss to Pawtucket (Scranton Times Tribune)

UP NEXT- The PawSox now find themselves in the Governor’s Cup Finals for the first time since 2003. They will face the Charlotte Knights in game one Tuesday at 7:05p.m. at McCoy. The Knights beat the Indianapolis Indians in four games to earn a berth in the finals.

I.L. Playoffs Game 3- Yankees 4, PawSox 3

The Pawtucket Red Sox were one out away from sweeping the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees from the International League Playoffs last night. But Melky Mesa’s two-run walk-off homer gave the Yankees an improbable 4-3 win. The PawSox still lead the best-of-five series two games to one.

BOX SCORE

Last Minute Heroics Give Scranton the Win (PawSox.com)
Yankees 4, PawSox 3: Scranton Walks-Off with Win to Stay Alive (Providence Journal)
PawSox Stung by Walk-Off (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Season’s Not Over Just Yet (Times Leader, PA)
Mesa’s Home Run Keep Yankees Alive (Scranton Times Tribune)

UP NEXT- The PawSox can still wrap-up the series with a win in game four tonight at 7:05p.m. Nelson Figueroa (12-5, 3.89 ERA) starts for the PawSox. Vidal Nuno (NR) gets the call for Scranton.

PawSox 3, Yankees 2: Scranton miscues yield to a 2-0 series lead for Pawtucket

For the first time since their first round series triumph over the Ottawa Lynx in the 2003 playoffs, the Pawtucket Red Sox can claim they’ve won more than one playoff game as the current club squeezed out a 3-2 victory — in the similar come-from-behind fashion as game one — over the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees to take a 2-0 lead in the best of five series.

Offense was hard to find for both sides during the course of the game, but miscues in the Yankees’ defense in the seventh inning allowed the PawSox to recovery from a early 2-0 deficit.

Nate Spears lead off the seventh with a double on a fortunate bloop that landed among a trio of Yankees including shortstop Ramiro Pena, third baseman Kevin Russo and left fielder Ronnier Mustelier, and would eventually score on a single by Bryce Brentz, which was perfectly placed over the head of second baseman Corban Joseph.

In the subsequent at-bat, Jon Hee’s grounder to the right side of the field dribbled past Joseph and into the glove of right fielder Cole Garner, who then rocketed a throw to third which was mishandled by Russo allowing Brentz to score on the throwing error.

“They helped us with a couple errors, and we fortunately took advantage of them,” manager Arnie Beyeler, whose club is one win away from becoming the first PawSox team to sweep a playoff series, said after the game. “Offensively, we haven’t been a powerhouse lately. When we get opportunities, we have to push them across.”

Brentz, who is 5-for-12 with a home run, double and four RBI since Monday after starting 0-for-12 since his first Triple-A call-up on August 31, was also apart of another Yankee error that led to a run, when the 23-year-old drove in catcher Dan Butler who was previously on after a two-base throwing error by Russo.

“It’s been good,” said Brentz on his recent streak. “I’m getting a little more comfortable as the at-bats keep coming.”

“When I first got here, I was trying to press too much and do too much. Now things are starting to fall and hopefully the good at-bats keep coming.”

Because of their recent lack of offense the PawSox have constantly had a need for quality outings from their starter, with the occasional combination of a dominating crew out of the bullpen.

Their needs were granted by both parties tonight.

Chris Hernandez set the tone, despite a rough second inning, for the pitchers with his six-inning, two-run, five strikeout performance.

“I felt real good,” said Hernandez. “I had that rough second inning — I was leaving balls up and they were capitalizing on it — and I was able to regain myself in the next inning and stay down in the zone and it worked well for my the rest of the game.”

An adjustment Hernandez made during the game was his usage of his curveball, which is not recognized as one of his go-to pitches being that he mainly utilizes fastballs.

In his last start, which coincidentally was against the Yankees and tonight’s starter Ramon Ortiz, the Florida native pitched the curve ball a total of three times; today he used it six times, with one being the final pitch of his fourth strikeout.

“Not going into it,” responded Hernandez when asked if his increased curveball usage was part of the game plan prior to tonight’s affair. “It worked well tonight, and we’re here to win so we (him and Dan Butler) didn’t shy away from it.

“It felt good and I felt good throwing it, so we kept going with it.”

Hernandez has now pitched five straight quality starts since his no decision against the Buffalo Bisons. on August 13

Scott Atchison, who’s on rehab after a elbow injury, earned the victory after pitching one and a third innings, allowing just one hit following Hernandez.

Will Inman and Jose De La Torre then pitched the final five outs, with De La Torre earning his second save since the July 24 trade.

Billy Bucker (8-6, 3.91) will face Michael O’Conner (3-6, 3.73) in Rochester, the season-long contingent home of the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees, in game three of the series at 7:05 p.m.

I.L. Playoffs Game One- PawSox 7, Yankees 4

The Pawtucket Red Sox have taken a 1-0 lead in the opening round of the International League Playoffs after its 7-4 win last night over the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees at McCoy.

BOX SCORE

PawSox Take 1-0 Lead in 1st Round of Playoffs (PawSox.com)
Red Sox Select Guillermo Quiroz to Active Roster (PawSox.com)
PawSox 7, Yankees 4: Long Balls Erase Deficit in Playoff Opener (Providence Journal)
PawSox Grab Series Opener from SWB Yankees, 7-4 (Pawtucket Times)
Lucchino Visits McCoy; Atchison Eyes Return (Pawtucket Times)
PawSox Power Way to Playoff Win (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Lucchino Visits PawSox; Mum on Bobby V (ESPN Boston)
Yankees Lose Lead in Game 1 Defeat (Times Leader, PA)
SWB Yanks Drop Playoff Opener to Pawtucket (Scranton Times Tribune)

UP NEXT- Game two of the best-of-five series takes place tonight at 7:05p.m.  Chris Hernandez (1-4, 3.59 ERA) starts for the PawSox. Ramon Ortiz (13-6, 3.45 ERA) takes the mound for the Yankees.

Game 144- PawSox 6, Yankees 4, 12 Innings

J.C. Linares’ walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the PawSox a 6-4 win over the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees in the 2012 season finale yesterday afternoon at McCoy.

BOX SCORE

Down to the Wire for PawSox and Yankees (PawSox.com)
SWB Yankees Drop Regular Season Finale in 12 Inning to PawSox (Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees)
PawSox 6, Yankees 4: Pawtucket Storms Back to Win in Extras (Providence Journal)
Despite McCoy’s Revolving Door, PawSox Reach Playoffs Again (Providence Journal)
Opportunity was Key Word for This Year’s PawSox (Pawtucket Times)
Stewart Gets Nod to Start PawSox Playoff Opener (Pawtucket Times)
Atchison Solid in Rehab Stint (ESPN Boston)
Yankees are Left Out of Position (The Times Leader, PA)
SWB Yankees Lose Regular Season Finale in 12 Innings (Scranton Times Tribune)

UP NEXT-  The two teams are off today.  They begin the best-of-five opening round of the International League Playoffs Wednesday night beginning at 7:05p.m. at McCoy.  Zach Stewart (3-5, 3.94 ERA) gets the start for the PawSox. John Maine (8-5, 4.97) goes for the Yankees.

Game 143- Yankees 6, PawSox 2

The Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees beat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 6-2 last night at McCoy.

BOX SCORE

Yankees Top PawSox Before a Packed House (PawSox.com)
Red Sox Recall Ivan DeJesus from Pawtucket (PawSox.com)
PawSox Journal; Repko’s Incredible Grab Thwarts Grand Slam (Providence Journal)
Brentz Tries to Even Out his Ups and Downs at the Plate (Providence Journal)
Yankees Get Help From New Source (Times-Leader, PA)

UP NEXT- The 2012 season finale is this afternoon at 1:05p.m. Michael O’Connor (3-6, 3.75 ERA) will start for the Yankees. Steven Wright (0-1, 3.86 ERA) takes the hill for the PawSox.