Here are the post game remarks from PawSox Manager Arnie Beyeler following tonight’s 4-3 Pawtucket loss to the Toledo Mud Hens…
PAWTUCKET- The Toledo Mud Hens took a 4-0 lead then withstood a late PawSox charge to preserve a 4-3 win tonight at McCoy. The win is the sixth straight for the Mud Hens. Pawtucket has lost two straight.
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the eighth, the PawSox ended a 19 inning scoreless drought by scoring three times. Jose Iglesias began the inning off Toledo reliever Robbie Weinhardt by reaching on a throwing error by SS Cale Iorg. Daniel Nava followed with a single to left and Iglesias scored one batter later on an RBI double by Tony Thomas. Lefty Matt Hoffman then relieved Weinhardt. After Josh Reddick struck out, Thomas scored on a double to left by Hector Luna. Luna would score two batters later on a fielder’s choice by J.C. Linares.
The PawSox were unable to complete the comeback as they went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.
The PawSox were held in check in the early going by Toledo starter Andrew Oliver (3-1). Pawtucket twice put runners in scoring position against Oliver but could not score. They had a first and third situation with two outs in the fourth before Oliver got out of the inning with a strikeout. Linares led off the fifth with a double but the next three batters failed to drive him home.
Oliver threw seven scoreless innings, giving up only three hits. He walked two and struck out six.
The Mud Hens got on the scoreboard first with a run in the fourth off PawSox starter Kyle Weiland. 2B Scott Sizemore led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a balk. Timo Perez then sacrificed Sizemore to third. 1B Ryan Strieby drove Sizemore in with a line drive single to right.
Sizemore drove in the second Mud Hens run of the game with a two-out RBI single off Weiland in the fifth.
Toledo added two unearned runs in the eighth off Pawtucket reliever Randy Williams. Sizemore led off with a double and advanced to third after DH Timo Perez reached first on a sacrifice bunt that could not be handled by PawSox 3B Drew Sutton. After Strieby struck out, Sizemore scored on a fielder’s choice by Scott Thorman. Thorman then stole third and scored on an RBI single by Iorg.
Weiland (2-2) finished the day throwing five innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out three. He threw 81 pitches, 56 for strikes.
Sizemore, the International League’s leading hitter, padded his stats by going 3 for 4. He has now hit in 11 of his last 12 games. Argenis Diaz added two hits for the Mud Hens.
Lars Anderson had two hits for the PawSox.
Game two of the series will be played tomorrow afternoon at 1:05pm. Thad Weber (0-2, 4.18 ERA) will get the start for Toledo. Andrew Miller (1-1, 1.40 ERA) will start for the PawSox.
PAWTUCKET- We are here at McCoy for the first time since opening day as the PawSox open up a short four game homestand against the Toledo Mud Hens. The PawSox are coming off a 4-3 road trip against the Rochester Red Wings and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Here are the line-ups for tonight:
Toledo Mud Hens (11-12, 3rd place IL West Division)
Andy Dirks CF
Scott Sizemore 2B
Timo Perez DH
Ryan Strieby 1B
Scott Thorman LF
Cale Iorg SS
Clete Thomas RF
Argenis Diaz 3B
Max St. Pierre C
Andrew Oliver (2-1) P
PAWTUCKET RED SOX (13-9, 2nd in IL North Division)
Daniel Nava LF
Tony Thomas 2B
Josh Reddick CF
Hector Luna DH
Lars Anderson 1B
Drew Sutton 3B
J.C. Linares RF
Luis Exposito C
Jose Iglesias SS
Kyle Weiland (2-1, 3.38.ERA) P
The PawSox return home winners of 10 of their last 14 games while the Mud Hens are riding a five game winning streak. This is the first game of the season where the PawSox will face a team not within the IL North Division.
Talk of late has been the offensive output of Josh Reddick. During the road trip Reddick belted six homers and drove in 9 runs. Since the beginning of last August Reddick has 18 home runs in 54 Triple A games.
“His swing approach has been very impressive” said PawSox Manager Arnie Beyeler, “He’s got a lot better balance at the plate and his swing is a lot tighter and more explosive. He’s also getting better pitches to hit by letting the game come to him.”
Daniel Nava has had a difficult April, hitting .156 on the year without a homer. He is the lead-off hitter tonight. Beyeler said the move is nothing more than a mixing up of the line-up.
Weiland has won his last two starts, a 3-1 win over Syracuse and a 9-3 win at Rochester. His ERA over his last three appearances is 1.72.
“He gets ground balls, he pounds the strike zone. And when he commands his fastball he’s going to be successful.” said Beyeler.
Sizemore has hit in 10 of his last 11 games for Toledo with an average over that span of .417. He leads the International League in batting (.397) and on-base percentage (.488).
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The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs were able to limit the PawSox to only three hits on its way to a 3-0 victory last night at Coca-Cola Field. The win earned Lehigh Valley a split of their four game series.
Pawtucket got their three hits in the first three innings and were shut down the rest of the way by three Iron Pigs relievers. Lehigh Valley starter Brian Gordon gave up the hits but did not get the win, pitching only three innings.
Reliever Chance Chapman (1-0) did get the win, holding the PawSox hitless over four innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Michael Schwimer and Juan Perez continued the Iron Pig mound dominance to close out the game.
Nate Spears, Yamaico Navarro, and Hector Luna collected the three Pawtucket hits.
The PawSox pitching staff was equally effective, holding the Iron Pigs to only two hits on the night. Alfredo Aceves (0-1) did take the loss, giving up all three Lehigh Valley runs (two earned) over five innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Rich Hill, Scott Atchison, and Clevelen Santeliz shut down the Iron Pigs the rest of the game.
The PawSox now head home to begin a four game series beginning tonight at 6:05pm against the Toledo Mud Hens. Andrew Oliver (2-1, 4.76 ERA) is scheduled to get the start for Toledo. Kyle Weiland (2-1, 3.38 ERA) gets the ball for Pawtucket.
The Pawtucket Red Sox used the long ball in the early going last night against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, opening up a 10-0 lead through four innings. But the Iron Pigs chipped away at the lead, yet the PawSox held on to a 11-8 victory at Coco-Cola Field.
Pawtucket scored three runs in the first on a lead-off homer by Yamaico Navarro and a two-run shot by Hector Luna.
The PawSox would pound out two more homers in the team’s seven run fourth inning. J.C Linares belted a three-run blast while Josh Reddick tacked on a two run shot. Daniel Nava and Drew Sutton also drove in runs in the inning.
Reddick accounted for the PawSox last run of the night, belting his second homer of the game in the sixth. Reddick has hit five homers in his last four games. He now has eight on the season, tied for the top spot in the International League.
The first ten runs of the game were charged to Iron Pigs starter Ryan Feirerabend (0-2).
PawSox starter Felix Doubront was spectacular in his brief three inning stint on the mound. He did not give up a hit, walking one and striking out two.
The Iron Pigs began to mount a comeback against reliever Kris Johnson. Johnson gave up five runs on six hits over three innings. He walked one, struck out one, and gave up a two-run homer to Josh Barfield.
Clevelen Santeliz did not fair much better on the mound for the PawSox, giving up two runs in one inning on the mound.
Michael Bowden (1-0) yielded one run over the last two innings and was credited with the win.
Reddick and Sutton finished with three hits each for the PawSox. Navarro and Jose Iglesias chipped in with two hits each.
The PawSox have taken two of the first three games of the series. The finale is tonight at 7:05pm. Alfredo Aceves (0-0, 9.00 ERA) takes the hill for the PawSox. He’ll face Vance Worley (2-2, 2.78 ERA) for the Iron Pigs.
The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs were able to accomplish something last night that had alluded opponents of PawSox starter Brandon Duckworth over his first three starts…earn a win.
The Iron Pigs scored all thier runs off the Pawtucket right hander, coming away with a 8-2 win last night at Coca-Cola Field.
Duckworth (2-1), who entered the game with a league best 0.48 ERA, could not sustain his solid play against the Iron Pigs, giving up one run in the second, two more in the second, and five in the fourth. He also struggled with control, giving up five walks and striking out only one in 3 2/3 innings on the hill.
The PawSox offense did collect eight hits, but also stranded 8 runners on the night. Josh Reddick kept up his power surge, belting another solo home run, his third in as many games. Hector Luna went 3 for 4 and driving in Pawtucket’s other run.
Former PawSox outfielder Brandon Moss went 2 or 3 and drove in four runs for Lehigh Valley. Three other starters had two hits each for the Iron Pigs.
Game three of the series is tonight at 7:05pm. Felix Doubront (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the start for the PawSox.
The Pawtucket Red Sox once again sang a familiar tune, mixing strong pitching with timely hitting in beating the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs last night 7-2 at Coca-Cola Park. The win is the PawSox’ second straight and 9 of their last 11.
Pawtucket pitchers gave up only two hits on the night, both to former PawSox infielder Kevin Frandsen.
Andrew Miller (1-1) got the start and the win, giving up both runs (one earned) on only one single hit over 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Scott Atchison pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless ball while Rich Hill gave up one hit and struck out two in the ninth.
Eight of the nine Pawtucket hitters had at least one hit on the night. J.C. Linares had three hits and drove in two runs. Drew Sutton collected two hits and drove in two. Lars Anderson also drove in a pair while Josh Reddick added a solo homer, his fifth blast of the year.
Game two of the series is tonight at 7:05pm. Brandon Duckworth (2-0, 0.48 ERA) looks to continue his dominance on the mound for Pawtucket. He’ll oppose Brian Bass (0-1, 5.14 ERA) for Lehigh Valley.