The PawSox return home to McCoy tonight (7:05pm) for a brief three-game series with the Syracuse Chiefs. Scott Richmond (0-2, 2.53 ERA) will pitch for Syracuse. He’ll be opposed by Charlie Zink (13-4, 2.89 ERA) for Pawtucket.
I am at McCoy tonight. Here is a preview…
Syracuse Chiefs (61-55)
Wayne Lydon RF
Buck Coats CF
Danny Sandoval 3B
Russ Adams 2B
Hector Luna DH
Travis Snyder LF
Kevin Melillo 1B
Brian Jeroloman C
Pedro Lopez SS
The Chiefs enter the game in fourth place in the IL’s North Division 16 1/2 games behind Scranton/Wilkes Barre.
Richmond makes his first start for the Chiefs since July 22nd. He spent the last three weeks with the Blue Jays, where he made three starts with a record of 0-2 and a 5.06 ERA. Richmond has made five starts for the Chiefs, surrendering 9 earned runs while striking out 31 and walking six.
Highly touted Blue Jays outfield prospect Travis Snyder makes his first appearance at McCoy. In 9 games with the Chiefs he is hitting .375 with a homer and 9 RBI’s. Snyder was Toronto’s number 1 draft pick in 2006.
Pawtucket Red Sox (77-53)
Josh Wilson SS
Joe Thurston 2B
Jason Lane RF
George Kottaras C
Dusty Brown DH
Keith Ginter 3B
Gil Velazquez 1B
Jeff Corsaletti LF
Jonathan Van Every CF
Pawtucket edged closer to clinching a playoff berth even though they did not play last night. Toledo’s loss to Richmond puts the PawSox magic number at 4. They are still in second place, 2 1/2 games behind Scranton in the IL’s North Division. The PawSox hold a 8-5 edge on the Syracuse thus far this season.
There were two roster moves made today. The biggest is that the Red Sox have signed OF Jason Lane, who opted out of his contract with the Yankees over the weekend. In 97 games for Scranton he batted .236 with 16 homers and 51 RBI’s. He is a welcomed sight for PawSox Manager Ron Johnson, who has had to field a team decimated by injuries…
“You don’t want to be short going down the stretch”, said Johnson, “We kind of battled with that the last few days of the road trip.”
“I’m excited to come here and get some bats and help this team win.” said Lane before the game.
The other official move is the arrival of reliever Marcus McBeth. He was acquired off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. In 24 games with Triple A Louisville he had a 1-1 record with a 6.20 ERA. McBeth was 3-2 with a 5.95 ERA in 23 appearances with the Reds in 2007. Johnson said that McBeth may see action as early as tonight.
Elsewhere on the injury front, Davern Hansack has been placed on the disabled list after big hit by a batted ball off his right forearm Sunday in Buffalo. Johnson said the injury is just a contusion and he doesn’t think Hansack will miss more than one start.
Jonathan Van Every is back in the line-up after missing the last couple of weeks with a strained oblique. Chris Carter also did some throwing today and appears to be making progress in his recovery from an oblique injury. No word as of yet on when he will return to action.
Zink makes his return to the PawSox after making his Major League debut one week ago for the Red Sox. Zink’s last Triple A outing came on August 8th, a no decision against Charlotte. He pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits. He had one of his best outings of the year against the Chiefs July 3rd when he pitched a complete game, 2-hit shutout in the PawSox‘ 3-0 win at McCoy.
Al lot going on here tonight…check back as we provide updates throughout the game.