Month: July 2009

PawSox Lose No-Hitter, But Still Snap Losing Streak

The Pawtucket Red Sox snapped their 8-game losing streak this afternoon, nearly in dramatic fashion.  The PawSox no-hit the Indianapolis Indians for 8 2/3 innings before holding on for a 3-2 win at McCoy.

The PawSox combination of Michael Bowden, T.J. Large, Javier Lopez, and Fernando Cabrera allowed only 5 walks while striking out 7 before Indians DH Larry Broadway broke-up the no-hit bid with a single to center off Cabrera.  3B Tagg Brozeid followed one batter later by launching a two-run home run to left to wipe out the shutout.  Cabrera did retire C Robinson Diaz to preserve the win.

The PawSox runs came on an Aaron Bates groundout in the sixth and a two-run single by Mark Wagner in the eighth. Paul McAnulty had two hits and scored twice for the PawSox.

Large (1-0) earned his first Triple A win.  Indy starter Eric Hacker (2-4) took the loss.

The PawSox head out for a four-game road trip to Rochester beginning tomorrow night (7:05 PM).  Billy Traber (5-4, 2.28 ERA) will make a start for the PawSox. Johan Pino (NR) pitches for the Red Wings.




Eight Not Great for PawSox

The Pawtucket Red Sox have now lost 8 straight games, falling to the Indianapolis Indians last night at McCoy 8-7 in 10 innings.  It’s the first 8-game losing streak for the PawSox since 2002.  Pawtucket has also lost 8 straight at home for the first time since 1985.

Last night’s game saw both teams succeed at the plate, with the squads combining for 27 hits.  LF Lastings Milledge led the Indians with four hits while DH Larry Broadway homered and drove in three runs.

Every member of the PawSox line-up had at least one hit.  Paul McAnulty was the offensive star, hitting a homer and driving in four runs.

Neither team found much support through their pitching staffs.  Both Indy starter Brad Lincoln and PawSox starter Enrique Gonzalez lasted only five innings.  Lincoln gave up six runs (five earned) on nine hits while Gonzalez surrendered five runs on six hits.

The Indians won the game in extra innings on a RBI single by Milledge off PawSox reliever Fernando Carbrera (0-3).

Indianapolis looks for the sweep this afternoon (1:05PM) as Eric Hacker (2-3, 5.08 ERA) takes the mound.  He faces Michael Bowden (3-4, 3.32 ERA) for the PawSox.




PawSox Drop Thier Seventh Straight, 7-3

PAWTUCKET-  When a team is in a prolonged losing streak, sometimes there are no words to describe it.  That appears to be the case with the current skid facing the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The PawSox have now lost seven straight games and 10 of their last 11 after falling to the Indianapolis Indians tonight 7-3 before 6,142 fans at McCoy.

For the PawSox this game featured a second straight letdown by what has been a fairly consistent pitching staff.  Pawtucket hurlers gave up a total of 12 walks and hit six Indianapolis batters.

PawSox starter Charlie Zink (4-10) had another shaky outing.  He worked only 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on four hits.  More staggering was his lack of control as he walked a season-high seven batters and hit four others.  He now has hit a PawSox record 20 batters this season.  Zink threw 98 pitches, only 44 of which were strikes.

Jose Vaquedano did not fare much better, throwing 2/3 of an inning giving up  two runs on two hits.  He also walked two and struk out no one.

Rocky Cherry gave up a run on three hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. He also walked three and struck out two.

Indianapolis starter Tom Gorzelanny (2-0) worked six full innings to pick up the win.  He gave up the lone PawSox run, a solo homer by 2B Travis Denker in the bottom of the fourth.  Gorzelanny surrendered four hits while walking three and striking out six.

Pawtucket’s other runs came in the bottom of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Aaron Bates and an RBI single by Carlos Maldonado.

LF Lastings Milledge led the Indians offensive attack going 3-4 with a walk, HBP, and 2 RBI’s.  DH Larry Broadway added two hits including a double and a RBI.

Denker and LF Bubba Bell had two hits apiece for Pawtucket.

Game three of the series will be tomorrow night (6:05 PM).  RHP Brad Lincoln (1-1, 4.70 ERA) will start for the Indians while Enrique Gonzalez (7-8, 5.57 ERA) throws for the PawSox.


Indians Lead PawSox, 6-1 After Six

The Indianapolis Indians have taken advantage of sloppy Pawtucket pitching as they lead the PawSox 6-1 after six innings at McCoy.

PawSox starter Charlie Zink was ineffective in 4 2/3 innings of work.  He gave up four runs on four hits.  Zink also had control issues, walking seven and hitting four others.

Jose Vaquedano worked 2/3 of an inning giving up two runs on two hits.  He walked two and struck out no one.

Pawtucket’s sole run came in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run to right by Travis Denker, his fourth of the season.

PawSox/Indians Scoreless After Three

The PawSox and Indianapolis Indians are scoreless through three innings tonight at McCoy.

Pawtucket had a chance to score in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with one out.  But Paul McAnulty struck out and Chris Carter lined to 2B Shelby Ford to end the inning.

PawSox starter Charlie Zink has yet to allow a hit through three innings, but he has been anything but stellar.  He has walked five and hit two batters.  With one out Zink loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter in the first, but then forced 3B Neil Walker to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.  Zink has already thrown 59 pitches, onl;y 23 for strikes.

Other Notes

A couple of other tidbits I left out of the pre-game notes…

With Dusty Brown away from the team on a brief paternity leave, The PawSox re-activated Carlos Maldonado who will serve in the role of back-up catcher.

RJ remains positive on the prospects of starter Kris Johnson, who fell to 3-10 with last night’s 9-5 loss to Indy.  Johnson said Triple A is still a learning experience for the young lefty, and he believes Kris Johnson has the stuff to make it in the major leagues.

“When it all comes togteher, you’re gonna get something special” said RJ.

Indians vs. PawSox- July 17, 2009 Game Preview

The PawSox try to right the ship again tonight as they host the Indianapolis Indians in game two of their four-game set at McCoy.  Indy took game one 9-5 last night.   Pawtucket looks to snap a six game losing streak with a win tonight.

Tonight Tom Gorzelanny (3-3, 2.77 ERA) gets the call for Indianapolis.  Charlie Zink (4-9, 5.14 ERA) will throw for the PawSox.

Here are the line-ups…

INDIANPOLIS (42-49, 3rd in IL West)

Brian Bixler SS
Lastings Milledge LF
Robinson Diaz C
Steve Pearce 1B
Neil Walker 3B
Brian Morrow RF
Lance Broadway DH
Shelby Ford 2B
Chris Barnwell CF

PAWTUCKET (43-45, 4th in IL North)

Freddy Guzman CF
Ivan Ochoa SS
Paul McAnulty DH
Chris Carter RF
Mark Wagner C
Travis Denker 2B
Bubba Bell LF
Gil Velazquez 1B
Angel Chavez 3B

Zink has had a rough few outings just before the All-Star break.  He has gone 0-3 in his last three starts with an ERA of 8.47.  On the other hand Gorzellany has had some bad luck in his last two starts.  He is 0-2 but with an ERA of only 0.68.

Aaron Bates is headed back to Pawtucket after being optioned by Boston following the return tonight of 3B Mike Lowell.  PawSox Manager Ron Johnson said Bates is expected to be in the clubhouse before the game but is not in the starting line-up.  Johnson did say that there is a good chance Bates may see some action off the bench tonight.

Jed Lowrie is not in the PawSox clubhouse, no doubt en route to Toronto to join the Red Sox in time for tomorrow’s game with the Blue Jays.  Although no official word has come from Boston, Lowrie is expected to officially be re-instated tomorrow.

PawSox catcher Dusty Brown left last night’s game to be with his wife Jordan who went into labor to deliver their first son.  Word in the clubhouse was that Master Brown was born late this afternoon.  Congratulations!

I am once again firmly seated in the McCoy press box and will provide updates throughout the game.  Please check back.