It looks like it will be a gorgeous night for baseball as we are here at McCoy for game two of the series between the PawSox and Columbus Clippers. The PawSox won the series opener last night in 11 innings 1-0. Here are tonight’s line-ups:
COLUMBUS CLIPPERS (40-28, 1st Place IL West)
Jose Constanza CF
Josh Rodriguez 2B
Nick Weglarz RF
Matt LaPorta LF
Jordan Brown DH
Wes Hodges 1B
Jared Goedert 3B
Lou Marson C
Brian Bixler SS
Josh Tomlin P (5-2, 2.95 ERA)
PAWTUCKET RED SOX (30-37, 4TH Place IL North)
Tug Hulett 2B
Jorge Jimenez 3B
Angel Sanchez SS
Ryan Shealy DH
Lars Anderson 1B
Aaron Bates LF
Josh Reddick CF
Dusty Brown C
Bubba Bell RF
Ramon Ramirez P (1-1, 5.67 ERA)
The PawSox enter the game shutting out their last two opponents. The pitching staff has thrown 23 consecutive shutout innings dating back to the seventh inning of Pawtucket’s 6-5 loss to the Louisville Bats on Monday.
Ramirez is making his second start. He was put into the rotation last week in place of Felix Doubront, who had been on the disabled list. Ramirez pitched extremely well, going five innings and giving up only one run while striking out eight in getting the win last Saturday against Louisville. Ramirez has worked out of the bullpen all season and will be limited in his pitch count tonight.
“We have to understand that (Ramirez) has not gone over 55 pitches in any outing this year.” said PawSox Manager Torey Lovullo, “We don’t want to put him in harms way. But if he’s showing us he’s going out there without labor and getting easy outs he’s going to continue out there. It just depends on the flow of the game.”
The Clippers pitching staff has been just as effective over their last two games. Columbus has given up only one earned run (last night) over their last 19 2/3 innings.
Tomlin is coming off a win his last time out last Saturday against the Norfolk Tides. In that game he gave up two runs on three hits in five innings as the Clippers beat the Tides 6-2. He comes in third in the IL in batting average against with a .211 mark.
With the addition of Ryan Shealy to the team yesterday, Lovullo has decided to drop the slumping Lars Anderson to the fifth spot in the order. Anderson is 0 for 25 in his last seven games. Lovullo says Anderson has had trouble against some tough left-handed pitchers as of late and putting him between big righties in Shealy and Aaron Bates may give him better looks at the plate.
As much as Anderson has been slumping, Reddick has been on fire. Since returning to the PawSox after a brief stint in Boston, Reddick is hitting .611 with a double and homer. He has reached base in 15 of his 22 plate appearances over that time.
I will be posting frequent updates all game long on Twitter. And you can come back here for a complete wrap after the game.