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Results and Highlights from 5/28/12

28 May

New Britain (29-21) – 3
Portland (20-30) – 0
WP: Blake Martin (2-2, 2.50)
LP: Chris Hernandez (2-4, 3.21)
S: Caleb Thielbar (2)
HR: New Britain – Chris Colabello (8)

HIGHLIGHTS: David Bromberg was scheduled to start for New Britain, but was called up to Triple-A Rochester prior to the game, giving Brett Jacobson the spot start, his first of the season. Jacobson threw four scoreless innings and allowed only two hits and a walk … Rock Cats first baseman Chris Colabello hit a two-run homer. In his last ten games he has five hits, three of which are long balls … New Britain’s Aaron Hicks went 2 for 4 with an RBI, run and walk … Sea Dogs shortstop Derrik Gibson went 1 for 3 with a walk. In the four game series he went 7 for 13 with an RBI and a run … Portland’s Brock Huntzinger pitched three perfect innings with two strikeouts, his best relief appearance of the year.

New Hampshire (20-29) – 2
Binghamton (24-25) – 6
WP: Collin McHugh (5-3, 2.17)
LP: Deck McGuire (2-6, 6.80)

HIGHLIGHTS: Fisher Cats starter Deck McGuire retired the first 15 batters he faced. He went 5 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs on only 2 hits and a walk … New Hampshire DH Kevin Howard went 2 for 3, his fourth 2-hit game in his last six played … Third baseman Mark Sobolewski went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Norfolk (21-29) – 6
Pawtucket (32-20) – 4
W: Zach Clark (1-0, 3.00)
LP: Doug Mathis (3-3, 4.86)
S: Jon Link (2)
HR: Norfolk – Jai Miller (5), Blake Davis (1), Jamie Hoffmann (3)
Pawtucket – Josh Kroeger (6), Nate Spears (4)

HIGHLIGHTS: For the second time in his last three starts Doug Mathis allowed 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings. He came into the game having allowed three home runs over his first nine starts, before allowing three on Monday … Jose Iglesias sat out for the third straight game with an undisclosed injury. He is reported to be out for Tuesday’s game as well …The rehabbing Darnell McDonald went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts … Right fielder Alex Hassan went 2 for 4 for his second straight 2-hit effort … Nate Spears’ third inning, 2-run homer, was the third round-tripper in his last twelve at-bats.

Game Times and Pitchers for 5/28/12

28 May

The Sea Dogs will be looking to sweep the Rock Cats right out of first place in the final game of their four-game set at Hadlock Field. The Rock Cats haven’t even been swept in a three-game series this season and four straight loses would be a season high. David Bromberg will be tasked with shutting down the Portland lineup. In 8 innings of work against the Sea Dogs this season, he is 1-0 and has allowed 1 run, 7 hits, 3 walks and has struck out 7. Chris Hernandez will get his fourth start against New Britain this season, having gone 5+ innings in the prior three. He is 1-1 and has allowed only 3 earned runs against the Rock Cats to go along with 12 strikeouts.

The Fisher Cats will look to take three of four in Binghamton before they head back home for a quick three game set against New Britain. Deck McGuire has had both his best and worst starts of the season against this BMets team. Back on April 18th he dazzled with 6 2/3 innings of 1-hit ball. But on May 11th he got run from the game after allowing 5 runs on 5 hits in only 1/3 of an inning. McGuire has struggled to put together back-to-back quality starts, but he has shown some flashes of late, so look for him to be in decent form today.

The PawSox bumped their lead in the I.L. North up to 3 ½ games after taking 3 of 4 from Toledo over the weekend. Now they will look to do the same with Norfolk who they split a four-game set with last week down in Virginia. Doug Mathis was brilliant when he faced the Tides exactly one week ago, allowing only 1 hit over 7 innings of work. Mathis has not lost a game since May 1st and has allowed only 4 earned runs in his last 23 1/3 innings.

New Britain Rock Cats (David Bromberg 1-1, 3.53)
vs. Portland Sea Dogs (Chris Hernandez 2-3, 3.06) 1:00 p.m.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Deck McGuire 2-5, 6.80)
vs. Binghamton Mets (Collin McHugh 4-3, 2.15)

Norfolk Tides (Zack Clark NR)
vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (Doug Mathis 3-2, 4.23) @ 4:05 p.m.

Results and Highlights from 5/22/12

22 May

Pawtucket (29-18) – 5
Norfolk (19-26) – 3
WP: Junichi Tazawa (1-1)
LP: Pat Neshek (2-1)
S: Mark Melancon (6)
HR: Pawtucket – Alex Hassan (3)
Norwich – Tyler Kelly (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Junichi Tazawa notched his first win of the season after tossing two-scoreless innings in relief … Mark Melancon pitched a perfect eighth for his sixth save, then the rains stepped in and cut the game short by an inning … Jose Iglesias went 0 for 3 but managed to drive in two runs; one on a sac fly in the third and another on a fielder’s choice in the seventh … Mauro Gomez went 1 for 3 to extend his hit streak to five games … The win gave the PawSox a split of their eight game road trip. They return to McCoy Stadium on Thursday to open up a four game series against the Toledo Mud Hens.

Binghamton (21-12) – 0
New Britain (27-17) – 3
WP: Logan Darnell (5-2)
LP: McHugh (4-3)
S: Bobby Lanigan (3)
HR: New Britain – Evan Bigley (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Logan Darnell had his longest outing of the season, tossing 7 scoreless innings, allowing 7 hits and striking out 4. His fifth win pulls him into a tie for second most in the Eastern League … Chris Herrmann went 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and his 14th double of the season … James Beresford went 2 for 4 for the second straight night and extended his hitting streak to five games … Estarlin de los Santos went 2 for 4 and has hit safely in six straight, half of which have been multi-hit games … Matt Rizzotti was 0 for 4 and is 0 for 11 with 4 strikeouts over his last three games.

Portland (15-28) –
New Hampshire (17-25) – PPD

HIGHLIGHTS: The postponement forces a doubleheader to be played on Wednesday night with game one beginning

Results and Highlights from 5/21/12

22 May

Binghamton (21-21) – 7
New Britain (26-17) – 10
WP: Steve Hirschfeld (3-4)
LP: Mark Cohoon (2-5)
HR: Binghamton – Raul Reyes (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Steve Hirschfeld went 5 innings and allowed 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk. It was his first win since April 13th. Hirschfeld has gone 5 or more innings in each of his nine starts this season … Chris Herrmann went 4 for 5 with a double and 3 runs scored. His 13 doubles are tied for second most in the Eastern League … Aaron Hicks went 1 for 4 and stole a base for the third straight game … Chris Colabello, Evan Bigley and James Beresford had 2 RBIs apiece.

Pawtucket (28-18) - 4
Norfolk (19-25) – 0
WP: Doug Mathis (3-2)
LP: Chris Tillman (3-6)

HIGHLIGHTS: PawSox starter Doug Mathis had his strongest outing of the season, throwing 7 innings of 1-hit ball while striking out 3 … Kevin Youkilis went 1 for 2 with an RBI double and 2 walks. He had one hit in each of his four rehab starts with Pawtucket … Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI-single in the fourth inning … Mauro Gomez was 2 for 4 with a run as the DH in his first game back with Pawtucket after a stint with Boston. It extended a hit streak to four games going back to May 11th … Reliever Will Inman struck out 2 in a scoreless eighth inning. He hasn’t been scored upon in his last five appearances and he has allowed only 4 hits, 1 walk and struck out 6.

Games Times and Pitchers for 5/21/12

21 May

In New Britain, Steve Hirschfeld welcomes the BMets to town for a four-game set. It will be Hirschfeld’s ninth start of the year as he looks to get back on the winning track after picking up an “L” in four of his last five outings. He faced the BMets back on May 9th and was solid in a no decision effort where he tossed 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and a walk, with 6 strikeouts.

The Sea Dogs will make the short trek to Manchester to face off against the Fisher Cats for four games. Red Sox top pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo gets his second start of the season. Against Reading last Tuesday the 6’7” righty lasted 4 innings and gave up 4 runs on 3 walks and 4 hits, two of which were home runs. Brett Cecil will counter for New Hampshire coming off his strongest outing of the year. In the first game of a double header against New Britain last Wednesday he threw 5 scoreless innings, allowing only 2 hits and a walk.

Pawtucket will look to halt a four-game slide with Doug Mathis on the hill in Norfolk. Mathis is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in four road starts this season. Kevin Youkilis is slated to play third base in what will be his last rehab game before he rejoins the Red Sox, leaving PawSox fans wondering if the great Will Middlebrooks will be making a return trip back to Pawtucket so that he can play every day.

Binghamton Mets (Mark Cahoon 2-4, 3.21)
vs. New Britain Rock Cats (Steve Hirschfeld 2-4, 3.28) @ 6:35 p.m.

Portland Sea Dogs (Anthony Ranaudo 0-0, 9.00)
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Brett Cecil 1-2, 5.06) @ 7:05 p.m.

Pawtucket Red Sox (Doug Mathis 2-2, 5.02)
vs. Norfolk Tides (Chris Tillman 3-5, 4.79) @ 7:15 p.m.

Games Times and Pitchers for 5/11/12

11 May

The PawSox welcome in the two-time defending Triple-A champion Columbus Clippers for a four-game set. Doug Mathis will look to keep the momentum rolling for the PawSox who have won six of their last seven games. Mathis notched his first win of the season in his last outing when he allowed 1 earned run on 3 hits against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Rock Cats will face off against Phillies top prospect Trevor May as they look to pull back within a half a game of the RPhils. May – who has struck out 7 batters in each of his last four games – is second in the Eastern League with 5 wins and carries with that a 40-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio. David Bromberg gets his fourth start for New Britain, a slot that he has excelled in so far. As a reliever he had a 20.25 ERA in 5 appearances, but in 3 starts he has allowed only 1 earned run and has struck out 14 batters in thirteen innings.

Deck McGuire will look to gain some consistency in his seventh start of the season. He has allowed 12 earned runs and 21 hits over his last three starts. McGuire’s only win came at home where he has posted a 2.95 ERA over three starts and has yet to allow a home run. Maybe home is where the arm is for Deck.

Portland and Trenton are set up for a decent pitchers duel tonight. Sea Dogs’ starter Chris Hernandez sports a 1.99 ERA, fifth best in the Eastern League. Thunder starter Graham Stoneburner has allowed only 2 runs and 2 walks in three starts.

Columbus Clippers (Chris Seddon 3-1, 4.18)
vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (Doug Mathis 1-2, 6.15) @ 6:05 p.m.

Reading Phillies (Trevor May 5-1, 3.09)
vs. New Britain Rock Cats (David Bromberg 1-0, 5.29)

Binghamton Mets (Gonzalez Germen 0-1, 7.50)
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Deck McGuire 1-4, 6.40) @ 6:35 p.m.

Portland Sea Dogs (Chris Hernandez 1-2, 1.99)
vs. Trenton Thunder (Graham Stoneburner 0-0, 1.80) @ 7:05 p.m.

Results and Highlights from 5/6/12

6 May

Portland (9-21) – 3
New Britain (18-12) – 1
WP: Billy Buckner (1-2)
LP: B.J. Hermsen (0-1)
S: Charle Rosario (1)
HR: Portland – Reynaldo Rodriguez (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Portland starter Billy Buckner went 6 innings, allowing 1 run and 5 hits to earn his first win with the Sea Dogs … Juan Carlos Linares was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI. He has hits in 20 of 25 games this season … New Britain center fielder Aaron Hicks went 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 stolen bases. He now has 7 stolen bases on the season, tied for the team lead with Pedro Florimon who stole his seventh in the game … The Sea Dogs have won two of the three series they’ve played versus New Britain this year, capturing five of their nine total wins against the Rock Cats.

New Hampshire (13-16) – 3
Trenton (14-14) – 4 (11 inn.)
WP: Michael Dubee (2-0)
LP: Matt Daly (0-3)
HR: New Hampshire – Mark Sobolewski (6)
Trenton – Kevin Mahoney (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Yohan Pino pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk … Reliever Danny Farquhar served up a solo home run to Kevin Mahoney in the bottom of the ninth, tying the game and sending it to extras. It was Farquhar’s first blown save of the season and the third by the Fisher Cats in the last four games … Mike McDade went 1 for 4 and now has an eight game hitting streak … Ryan Goins reached base in all six of his at-bats, going 3 for 3 with 3 walks. It was his third straight three-hit game and he has now hit safely in six straight … Mark Sobolewski went 2 for 5 with a home run, RBI, run and a walk. It was the second straight game that he connected on a round-tripper and sixth straight game with at least one hit.

Pawtucket (19-12) – 7
Scranton/W-B (14-14) – 5
WP: Doug Mathis (1-2)
LP: Andy Pettitte (0-1)
S: Garrett Mock (4)
HR: Pawtucket – Josh Kroeger (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Doug Mathis went five innings for his first win of the season … Scranton starter Andy Pettitte’s presence set a regular season record with 13,584 in attendance, and that’s without the hometown team even being involved. Pettitte got roughed up in 5 innings of work and you can read Thomas Saucke’s first-hand account of the his efforts in the post below this one … Reliever Junichi Tazawa allowed 2 runs in two innings of work. It was the first two runs he has allowed for the PawSox this season … Pedro Ciriaco went 3 for 4 with a double, RBI and 2 runs. It is the fourth multi-hit game during his current six game hit streak … Lars Anderson picked up his first three-hit game of the season, driving in two runs and notching two doubles for the second straight game … Jose Iglesias went 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored. It was his fifth straight two-hit game and he has raised his batting average to .253 after ending April at .200.

PawSox outlast Pettitte-Mania, Win 7-5

6 May


The Pawtucket Red Sox used five solid innings from Doug Mathis to spoil Andy Pettitte’s final Minor League tune-up as they defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 7-5 on Sunday afternoon.

Mathis allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits while striking out 5 and walking 2 in the winning effort.

Lars Anderson on first base before being picked off

The afternoon was all about Pettitte, though, as 13,584 packed Frontier Field to see the New York Yankees star pitcher.  The crowd, representing the largest in the park’s history for a regular season game, witnessed a 39-year-old who simply didn’t have his best stuff.

Pettitte lasted five innings but surrendered 5 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 2.  Pettitte’s velocity sat at around 87 MPH but it was his command that failed him against the PawSox.

He had trouble locating his off-speed pitches, frequently missing up and away to righties.  Pettitte left a ball belt-high over the middle of the plate to Pedro Ciriaco for a single to load the bases in the second inning before walking Jose Iglesias on four pitches.  Without a 5-4-3 double play off the bat of Ryan Lavarnway, the damage could have been much worse.

The highlight of the afternoon for many was watching Pettitte pick Lars Anderson off at first base to end the first inning.  The Major League leader in pick-offs caught Anderson leaning and Steve Pearce applied the tag.

The Yankees star admitted after the game that this was his worst performance amongst six Minor League tune-up starts.

Ultimately, the Pawtucket bullpen bended but didn’t break, allowing Mathis’ effort to stand up for the win.  Junichi Tazawa allowed 2 runs (both earned) on 4 hits in two innings but Justin Thomas and Garrett Mock pitched scoreless frames to secure win number nineteen for the PawSox.

Relocating Sunday’s Game a Success for the Rochester Community

Rochester Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason deserves a lot of credit for pulling Sunday’s game off for the fans of Rochester, NY.

The game was slated to be played in Batavia, NY at Dwyer Stadium, home of the Batavia Muckdogs.  Dwyer holds roughly 2,800 people and was tasked with hosting seven Yankee games while their park, PNC Field, undergoes renovations in 2012.

The Yankees said that Pettitte wouldn’t make an appearance in Batavia if he was to rehab in Western New York, leaving Mason in quite a pickle.

The Rochester Red Wings were supposed to host the Buffalo Bisons for a 1:05 game on Sunday but both organizations agreed to a double header on Saturday evening.  When presented with an opportunity for their players to get an extra day off, the decision was a no-brainer.

Pawtucket could have said no to relocating the game but really didn’t have a good reason to.  The Yankees, who are without a home in 2012, were simply along for the ride.

Making this happen in roughly 24 hours?  Simply unbelievable.  The game represented a tremendous job by all parties to help produce the largest regular season crowd in Frontier Field history.

Andy Pettitte may have suffered the loss but everyone in attendance was a winner on Sunday afternoon.

Additional Notes

-Jose Iglesias picked up his fifth consecutive 2-hit game in the winning effort.  He was extremely comfortable at the plate and played stellar defense (as usual).

-Mauro Gomez’s struggles continued after another 0-4 effort.  He is now 4 for his last 25 with 2 HR and 5 RBI in the span.

-Garrett Mock picked up his fourth save in five chances.  His only blown save was against the PawSox on April 25th.

-Brett Gardner will begin a rehab assignment with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in Rochester against the Columbus Clippers on Monday evening.

Games Times and Pitchers for 5/6/12

6 May

With the first Sunday of May comes some actual May-like weather, as the clouds begin to dissipate and what better way to take advantage of it than with some baseball.

Down in Trenton, Yohan Pino looks to continue to get stronger in his fourth start of the season. Last time out he threw eight solid innings against Reading, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and a walk. He did face Trenton back on April 5th in his only relief appearance of the season, blanking the Thunder in the one inning he worked.

The Sea Dogs are 1-5 over their last six games and will look to the winless Billy Buckner to try and turn things around. Bucker will be making his sixth start for Portland and he has pitched five or more innings in every start thus far. Countering for New Britain will be B.J. Hermsen who was magnificent in his first start after being called up from Ft. Myers. The 27th ranked prospect in the Twins system (per Baseball America) pitched seven innings against Harrisburg, allowing 1 run while scattering 4 hits and a walk.

The PawSox game versus Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was moved from Batavia to Rochester, presumably because of the pandemonium that Doug Mathis causes wherever he pitches. In his previous four starts Mathis’ has allowed 16 runs in 16 1/3 innings. The Yankees will be pitching some old journeyman named Pettitte against him…tough luck for those fans hoping to see two good pitchers today!

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Yohan Pino 2-0, 2.57)
vs. Trenton Thunder (Cory Arbiso 0-0, 2.55) @ 1:05 p.m.

Portland Sea Dogs (Billy Buckner 0-2, 4.50)
vs. New Britain Rock Cats (B.J. Hermsen 0-0, 1.29) @1:35 p.m.

Pawtucket Red Sox (Doug Mathis 0-2, 7.17)
vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Andy Pettitte NR) @ 2:05 p.m.

Games Times and Pitchers for 5/1/12

1 May

A new month is upon u,s but those pesky April showers still linger and threaten some of tonight’s action.

Chris Balcom-Miller gets his sixth start of the season for Portland, but only his second at home…which might not be a bad thing. In his only Hadlock outing this year he lasted 1 2/3 innings against Binghamton, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks and 4 earned runs. On the bright side, his only win of the season came against the Trenton Thunder back on April 10th.

The PawSox get their first look at the Mud Hens as they pull into Toledo for a four-game series. Doug Mathis will be tasked with holding down the I.L. West leaders. In four starts Mathis has allowed 20 hits and 12 earned runs over 16 2/3 innings, but he did have a season-high 7 strikeouts over five innings in his last outing.

Yohan Pino gets his third start for the Fisher Cats and his first opportunity to pitch in front of the home crowd in Manchester this season. In his last outing against Binghamton he picked up his first win of the year on the strength of 6 innings where he allowed 2 earned runs to go along with 8 strikeouts.

For the season straight night, as of this posting, we are unsure of the Rock Cats starter as they are in a bit of a starting pitching limbo with the recent promotion of would-be starter Luke French to Rochester.

Trenton Thunder (Craig Heyer 1-2, 4.27)
vs. Portland Sea Dogs (Chris Balcom-Miller 1-2, 6.86) @ 6:00 p.m.

Pawtucket Red Sox (Doug Mathis 0-1, 6.61)
vs. Toledo Mud Hens (Lance Pendleton 0-1, 13.50) @ 6:30 p.m.

Reading Phillies (David Buchanan 1-1, 2.16)
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Yohan Pino 1-0, 3.46) @ 6:35 p.m.

New Britain Rock Cats (N/A)
vs. Harrisburg Senators (Robert Gilliam 1-3, 6.00) @ 7:00 p.m.

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