Game 78- Clippers vs. PawSox, June 22, 2008

I’m back following a restful week in Mickeyland. My week away was an eventful one for the PawSox…a 6-1 record and a spot alone atop the IL North with the league’s best record. I should take a break more often! (By the way, I will also be away from my computer next Friday-Sunday).

Pawtucket looks to take three of four from the Columbus Clippers with a win today (1:05 pm) in the series finale at McCoy. RHP Shairon Martis (NR) pitches for Columbus while RHP Edgar Martinez (2-1, 4.34) goes for the PawSox.

Even though I am back in town, my priorities will keep me away from the stadium for a few days…so we will be restricted to reports from the home base. Here is a brief preview of today’s game..

Columbus Clippers (41-33)

Two straight losses to the PawSox have put the Clippers two games out of first in the IL West behind division-leading Toledo.

Martis makes his 2008 Triple A debut this afternoon. He was promoted from Double A Harrisburg where he complied a record of 4-4 with an ERA of 3.98 over 14 starts.

Pawtucket Red Sox (46-31)

The PawSox enter the game winners of 6 of their last seven and 8 of 10. Pawtucket is at 15 games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2003 season.

This will be Martinez’ first start since June 11th. In that game he pitched well, allowing only one earned run in 4 2/3 innings. He did not get the decision in the PawSox‘ 11-3 win over Louisville.

It’s easy to see why the PawSox are atop the division and the league when you look at their balance. Offensively the PawSox are second in the IL in batting (.269). They lead the league in runs scored (404) and are second in homers (99) and walks (289).

On the mound Pawtucket is third in the league in team ERA at 3.70.

The PawSox defense has been stellar, as they own the best fielding percentage (.983) in the International League.

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