McCoy Stadium will be a welcome sight for the PawSox as they begin a six-game homestand beginning tonight (7:05 pm) with the first of four games against the Charlotte Knights. LHP Clayton Richard (6-0, 2.37 ERA) takes the mound for Charlotte, opposed by RHP Charlie Zink (13-4, 2.85 ERA) for the PawSox.
I’m in the press box for tonight’s contest. Weather may play a factor tonight. Here’s a preview nonetheless…
Charlotte Knights (54-66)
Jerry Owens CF
Jason Bourgeois 2B
Chris Getz 3B
Brad Eldred 1B
Royce Huffman DH
Cole Armstrong C
David Cook RF
Jason Tyler LF
Fernando Cortez SS
The Knights have struggled all year. They currently reside in third place in the IL South Division, ten games behind first place Durham. They have lost three straight and seven of their last ten. Against Pawtucket, the Knights are 2-2 so far in 2008.
Richard makes his seventh start for the Knights. He is just back from a stint with the White Sox where he started three games, going 0-2 with a 10.38 ERA. He has been lights out at Charlotte, going a perfect 6 for 6 in his outings at the Triple A level. He also started 13 games for Double A Birmingham, going 6-6 with an ERA of 2.47.
Pawtucket Red Sox (72-48)
Jeff Bailey 1B
Joe Thurston LF
Keith Ginter 3B
George Kottaras C
Josh Wilson 2B
Jeff Corsaletti RF
Jeff Natale DH
Gil Velazquez SS
Sean Danielson CF
The PawSox return home after losing three of four to the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees. The PawSox left McCoy in first place and now reside 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in second place in the IL’s North Division. The good news is that at 72-48 they are tied with Louisville for the second best record in the league and hold a nine game lead over Toledo for the IL Wild Card.
Zink makes his 25th start for the PawSox tonight. Like Haeger, Zink has been inconsistent over his last four starts. He is 2-2 over that span with a 6.86 ERA.
As you can see from the line-up, the PawSox are without a couple of key players for tonight’s game. Manager Ron Johnson said Chris Carter and Jonathan Van Every are nursing oblique/back injuries. Johnson contends that he doesn’t think the injuries are serious, but will await more from the PawSox‘ training staff.
There’s also a new face in the PawSox clubhouse. Reliever Beau Vaughan has been added to the PawSox roster. Vaughan has spent the entire season with Double A Portland where he amassed a 2-1 record with a 2.12 ERA. The 6’4″ 230lb righthander has been the closer for the Sea Dogs, picking-up 16 saves thus far this season.
Depending on the status of tonight’s game, David Pauley will make the start in tomorrow afternoon’s game at Fenway. Bartolo Colon will make his next rehab start on Sunday.
Weather permitting check in with us for updates throughout the game.