The PawSox look to snap their two-game loosing skid tonight (7:05 pm) as they welcome the Louisville Bats to McCoy for the first of four games. This is the only appearance of the Bats in Pawtucket this season. Looks like a good pitching match-up as LHP Adam Pettyjohn (7-1, 4.44) hurls for Louisville against RHP David Pauley (8-2, 3.86) for the PawSox.
My real life responsibilities are again keeping me away from the stadium…But here is a brief preview…
Louisville Bats (38-27)
The Bats enter the game in a tie for first in the IL West with the Toledo Mud Hens. The Bats earned a share of the top spot by winning six of their last ten games.
Pettyjohn is looking for his fourth consecutive win when he takes the mound tonight for his 13th start of the season. In all 12 previous starts this year he has not failed to pitch at least five innings each time out. One of his seven wins came against the PawSox back on April 11th when he pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up 5 runs on six hits in the Bats’ 8-5 victory. He has received great run support from the Louisville offense as of late, averaging 7.2 runs a game over Pettyjohn’s last six starts.
The Bats have had some of the minor’s biggest names play for them this season but most of those players have since been promoted to the Reds. Starter Homer Bailey and OF Jay Bruce both began the season in Louisville and have since joined the big league club. Two moves were made by the Reds today, calling up IF Jolbert Cabrera and LHP Danny Herrera.
Pawtucket Red Sox (38-28)
The PawSox are still well within sight of the IL North lead, trailing the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees by two games for first and the Syracuse Chiefs by only 1/2 game for second.
Pauley is looking for his seventh consecutive win tonight. Over his last six starts he is 6-0 with a 4.24 ERA. His last loss came May 3rd against Syracuse.
Chris Carter remains on a tear, belting a home run in each of the last three games. Jed Lowrie brings an 11-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest.
One roster move for the PawSox we forgot to mention yesterday. Bobby Kielty was placed back on to the 7-day disabled list with a left oblique strain He suffered the injury in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bisons. Bryan Pitz was reinstated from the DL to fill Kielty’s roster spot.