Month: June 2010

PawSox/Clippers Halted by Rain in the Sixth

The PawSox and Columbus Clippers played into the sixth inning this afternoon at McCoy.  Then the rain came and the game was suspended with the Clippers on top 4-3.

The PawSox were leading the game 3-2 entering the sixth when the Clippers scored two runs to take the lead just before the rains came.  Rules dictate that if a road team takes the lead in the inning which the game is halted before the home team has a chance to respond, the game is to be suspended.  Because the Clippers do not return to McCoy this season, the game will be completed July 23rd in Columbus.

The PawSox scored their runs on a pair of solo homers by Bubba Bell and Ryan Shealy in the third and fourth inning and a RBI single by Bell in the fifth.

Kris Johnson started for the PawSox and went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits.  He walked two, struck out two and gave up a two-run homer to Josh Rodriguez in the third.

T.J. Large gave up the go ahead runs in the sixth before the game was called.

The PawSox now hit the road and open up a four game series beginning tomorrow night (7:05 p.m) against the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees. Michael Bowden (2-3, 4.39 ERA) gets the ball for the PawSox.  Ivan Nova (5-2, 3.42 ERA) throws for the Yankees.



PawSox Bats Show Up Late To Beat Clippers

The Pawtucket Red Sox used a six run eighth inning to come from behind to edge the Columbus Clippers 7-6 last night at McCoy.

It looked like the struggling PawSox offense would continue, with the team trailing 6-1 entering the bottom of the eighth against Clippers reliever Jeremy Sowers.  Aaron Bates led off the inning with a walk.  Josh Reddick and Dusty Brown followed with singles to load the bases.  Gil Velazquez then singled to drive in Bates.  Bubba Bell made it four hits in a row, driving a double to left, clearing the bases and making the score 6-5.

After a Nuiman Romero sacrifice bunt and Tug Hulett walk, Jess Todd replaced Sowers (1-4) on the mound.  He did not fair much better, giving up an RBI single to Angel Sanchez and RBI double to Ryan Shealy to give the PawSox the lead.

Shealy added another RBI in the game, plating the PawSox’ first run on a ground out in the third.

PawSox starter Adam Mills had a rough outing but did not figure into the decision.  He gave up all six Clippers’ runs on 11 hits, including homers to CF Michael Brantley and DH Wes Hodges.  He walked one and struck out one.

Chad Paronto (3-5) picked up the win in relief.  Fernando Carera earned the save.

Sanchezm, Shealy, Velazquez, and Bell had two hits each for the PawSox.

The final game of the series is this afternoon at 1:05 p.m.  Carlos Carrasco (5-3, 4.22 ERA) gets the start for the Clippers.Kris Johnson (3-5, 4.77 ERA) takes the hill for the PawSox.

NOTES:  PawSox starter Felix Doubront was returned to PAwtucket after getting the win Friday night in Boston.  The Red Sox had recalled PawSox reliever Robert Manuel to fill a hole in the Boston bullpen.


PawSox Offense Continues To Struggle

PAWTUCKET-The Pawtucket Red Sox offense once again had a hard time scoring runs, falling to the Columbus Clippers tonight 2-1 at McCoy.

The PawSox could only muster four hits and were held hitless from the third inning until Aaron Bates hit a two out single in the bottom of the ninth.

“One school of thought is to wait for (the offense) to get better, the other is to really hammer away at it.” said PawSox Manager Torey Lovullo, “We had a number of opportunities to blow this game open with timely hitting.  We just couldn’t get the hit at the right time.”

The Clippers runs came in the top of the second on a two run homer by 3B Jared Goedert off PawSox starter Ramon Ramirez.

Shoddy Columbus defense led to the PawSox’ only run in the bottom of the first.  Tug Hulett led off with a walk.  Jorge Jimenez grounded to short in what should have been a double play, but Clippers’ 2B Josh Rodriguez relay throw to first went wild, allowing Jimenez to reach.  Angel Sanchez then hit a liner to center which sailed over the head of Jose Constanza, scoring Jimenez.

The Columbus pitching effort was led by starter Josh Tomlin. Tomlin (6-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits.  He walked five and struck out four.

Ramirez (1-2) worked a total of 4 1/3 innings, giving up six hits.  He walked two, struck out two and hit a batter.  He threw 72 pitches, 48 for strikes.

PawSox reliever Robert Coello had another impressive outing, shutting the Clippers down over 3 2/3 innings.  He gave up only one hit, striking out five. Fabio Castro pitched a scoreless ninth.

“Our starting pitching and bullpen has been outstanding over the last three weeks.” said Lovullo, “We’ve been able to win all of our baseball games because of our pitching.”

Goedert was joined by LF Matt LaPorta and 1B Wes Hidges in collecting two hits each for the Clippers.

Game three of the series will be tomorrow night at 6:05p.m.  Aaron Laffey (0-1, 4.91 ERA) pitches for the Clippers.  Adam Mills (1-5, 3.57 ERA) takes the mount for Pawtucket.


PawSox/Clippers Pre-Game Notes- 6/18/10

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.

PawSox Edge Clippers in 11 1-0

Dusty Brown’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the PawSox to a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Clippers last night at McCoy.

Brown delivered his heroics on a 3-2 pitch with two outs off Columbus reliever Justin Germano (2-2).

The story of last night’s game was the strong pitching by both clubs.  The PawSox staff gave up only five hits in 11 innings, extending its scoreless streak to 23 innings.

Randor Bierd started and worked five innings, giving up three hits and striking out three.  T.J. Large, Fernando Cabrera, and Robert Manuel threw two innings each with Manuel (4-1) getting the win.

The Columbus pitching staff was equal to the task.  Starter Yohan Pino gave up six hits and struck out six over six innings.

Josh Reddick went 3 for 4 with a double to lead the PawSox at the plate.

Game two of the four game series is tonight at 7:05 p.m.  John Timlin (5-2, 2.95 ERA) pitches for Columbus.  Ramon Ramirez (1-1, 5.67 ERA) will start for the PawSox.

NOTES:  The PawSox welcomed a new member last night.  The Red Sox signed minor league 1B/DH Ryan Shealy, who was recently released by the Tampa Bay Rays.  The 30- year-old Shealy spent all of this season with the Durham Bulls where he played in 48 games hitting .238 with 10 HR, and 38 RBI.  Shealy has also had stints in the Colorado and Kansas City organizations, hitting .271 with 19 HR and 94 RBI in 164 major league games.

Shealy played last night, batting clean-up as the DH.  He went 2 for 4 with a strikeout in his Pawtucket debut.


Bowden Shuts Down Bats

For most of 2010 PawSox starter Michael Bowden had not lived up to the hype that he is one of the Red Sox rising pitching stars.   He showed his potential last night, scattering only three hits over 7 2/3 innings as the PawSox shut out the Louisville Bats last night 2-0.

Bowden (2-3) threw 96 pithces in his outing, striking out four and not walking a batter.  Robert Manuel shut down the Bats the rest of the way to earn his eighth save of 2010.

The PawSox scored both of their runs in the bottom of the third off Louisville starter Travis Wood (4-5).  Gustavo Molina walked and Jorge Jimenez and Bubba Bell singled to load the bases with no one out.  Niuman Romero grounded back to Wood for what should have been a double play.  Molina was cut down at the plate, but Bats’ C Wilkin Castillo’s relay throw to first hit Romero, allowing Jimenez to score the first run.  Tug Hulett followed with a sacrifice fly to center, plating Bell.

Despite the bump in the third Wood pitched well, striking out ten and walking only one in seven innings on the mound.

The PawSox are off today and will open a four game series beginning tomorrow night (7:05 p.m.) against the Columbus Clippers.  Yohan Pino (5-2, 2.95 ERA) will start for the Clippers.  Randor Bierd (2-4, 6.68 ERA) gets the ball for Pawtucket.

NOTES:  It was announced after last night’s Red Sox game that, in all likelihood, PawSox lefty Felix Doubront will make a start for Boston this Friday.  Doubront will take the spot of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was placed on the disabled list last week with a forearm strain.  Doubront is expected to come off the minor league DL this week after suffering a leg contusion on the PawSox’ last road trip.