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Results and Highlights from 5/29/12

29 May

Norfolk (21-30) – 8
Pawtucket (33-20) – 11
WP: Junichi Tazawa (3-1, 3.13)
LP: Eddie Gamboa (1-1, 7.59)
S: Will Inman (4)
HR: Norfolk – Miller, Ja (6), Bill Hall (3)
Pawtucket – Josh Kroeger (7), Lars Anderson (6)

HIGHLIGHTS: Reliever Junichi Tazawa worked two innings for his third win of the season. He struck out 4 and allowed 1 run on 2 hits … Marc Melancon allowed only his second run in 18 appearances … Jose Iglesias missed his fourth straight game as he deals with back stiffness … Lars Anderson went 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs and a season-high 5 RBIs. He has hit half of his home runs this year in his last three games. … The win put the PawSox at 17-11 for the month of May, one win more than their 16-9 April … Ryan Lavanway went 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs. It was his third 3-hit game of the season.

Portland (20-30) –
Harrisburg (27-23) – PPD

HIGHLIGHTS: The two will play a double header on Wednesday with game one starting at 6:00 p.m.

New Britain (29-21) –
New Hampshire (20-29) – PPD

HIGHLIGHTS: No makeup date has been scheduled.

Results and Highlights 5/16/12

16 May

Portland (14-25) – 3
Reading (23-15) – 7
WP: Michael Cisco (2-1)
LP: Chris Hernandez (2-3)
S: J.C. Ramirez (3)
HR: Reading – Miguel Abreu (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Portland starter Chris Hernandez allowed 4 earned runs and 7 hits over 6 innings to run his record to 2-3. All five decisions have come on the road … Shortstop Derrik Gibson went 1 for 2 with two walks and a stolen base. He extended his hitting streak to nine games and his stolen base streak to four games … Sea Dogs batters struck out 7 times, bringing their league-leading total to 298 … Portland is the only team in the Eastern League without a shutout. They also have the highest team ERA (4.66), have given up the most hits (366) and have the second highest team WHIP (1.45) … Ryan Dent went 1 for 3 with a run scored and has collected a single in each of his last four games.

New Hampshire 3 GAME 1
New Britain – 0
WP: Brett Cecil (1-2, 5.06)
LP: Steve Hirschfeld (2-4, 3.28)
S: Aaron Loup (2)
HR: New Hampshire – Mike McDade (5), Mark Sobolewski (9)

New Hampshire (15-22) – 3 GAME 2
New Britain (23-15) – 6
WP: Logan Darnell (4-2)
LP: Danny Farquhar (0-1)
S: Daniel Turpen (3)
HR: New Hampshire – Brad Glenn (5), Ryan Goins (2)
New Britain – Estarlin De Los Santos (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Fisher Cats game one starter Brett Cecil threw 5 scoreless innings and allowed 2 hits and 1 walk … Aaron Loup pitched two perfect innings in game one to notch his second save for New Hampshire … New Britain’s game two starter Logan Darnell struck out 8 batters and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings … Rock Cats’ second baseman Estarlin De Los Santos went 2 for 3 in game two with a double, 3 RBIs, a run and his first home run of the season … Mark Sobolewski hit his team-leading ninth home run for the Fisher Cats in game one … Brian Jeroloman came into the day having only caught 9 games for the Fisher Cats, but was behind the dish for both seven-inning affairs on Wednesday and even went 2 for 2 in game one, his first multi-hit game of the year … Matt Rizzotti and Chris Herrmann were the only two Rock Cats with hits in game one and Rizzotti the only one with hits in both games … New Britain’s Joe Benson went 0 for 3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts in game two. Since being sent down from Triple-A Rochester, Benson is batting .083 in six games played … Joel Carreno went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in game two. It was his first start with New Hampshire this season. Carreno was slated to start the season with the Fisher Cats before he became a last second call-up to the Blue Jays.

Pawtucket (27-14) – 5
Durham (15-26) – 4
WP: Alex Wilson (4-0)
LP: John Gaub (0-1)
S: Mark Melancon (5)
HR: Pawtucket – Lars Anderson (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: In his first rehab start since going on the disabled list for a back strain Kevin Youkilis went 1 for 2 as the designated hitter, with a double, run and walk … Alex Wilson pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to nab his second win in his last three appearances … Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save and fourth in his last five outings. In 12 relief appearances Melancon’s line reads: 0-0, 5 saves, 12 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 20 Ks … Jose Iglesias went 2 for 5 with a run scored. He has 6 multi-hit games in his last ten played … Lars Anderson went 1 for 2 with a 3-run homer. He has hit safely in five straight games … Ryan Lavarnway went 1 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to six games.

Results and Highlights from 5/10/12

10 May

Rochester (22-13) – 6
Pawtucket (14-19) – 7
WP: Will Inman (1-0)
LP: Tyler Robertson (0-2)
S: Mark Melancon (3)
HR: Rochester – Pedro Florimon (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: A Mauro Gomez 2-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth gave the PawSox a come-from-behind victory. They took three of four games from Rochester and have won five of their last six games. Pawtucket holds a 1 ½ game lead over Buffalo for first place in the I.L. North … Mark Melancon came on to face one batter and struck out Pedro Florimon to end the game, picking up his third save … Nate Spears went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles, 2 runs and a RBI. It was his second three-hit game of the season … Lars Anderson went 0 for 4 and is 2 for 16 with 3 runs and no RBIs in his last four games.

Binghamton (15-17) – 9
New Hampshire (13-19) – 2
WP: Zack Wheeler (2-2)
LP: Chad Jenkins (2-3)
S: Jeff Kaplan (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Fisher Cats batters struck out 15 times and reliever Clint Everts got touched up for 5 runs in the ninth inning, allowing the BMets to pull away … Mike McDade went 2 for 5, improving his batting average to .336, sixth best in the Eastern League. Ryan Goins went 2 for 5 to up his average to .320, tenth best … Koby Clemens went 1 for4 with his first double of the season … John Tolisano went 1 for 4, extending his hit streak to six games.

Reading (21-11) – 10
New Britain (20-13) – 3
WP: Drew Naylor (2-0)
LP: Logan Darnell (3-2)
HR: Reading – Darin Ruf (6)
New Britain – Wilkin Ramirez (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Reading’s Darin Ruf went 2 for 4 with a double, grand slam and 6 RBIs. He raised his batting average to.393 and OPS to 1.030, both E.L. bests. Reading extended their lead to a game and a half over the Rock Cats in the Eastern Division … For the second straight game Wilkin Ramirez had 3 hits and a home run … Catcher Chris Herrmann broke a 2 for 30 slump with a 3 for 5 night that included his team-best ninth double.

Portland (11-22) – 0
Trenton (16-15) – 7
WP: Brett Marshall (4-1)
LP: Chris Martin (2-3)

HIGHLIGHTS: The Thunder jumped on Portland for five runs in the first two innings and never looked back. Trenton has won five straight over the Sea Dogs and are 6-1 in the season series … Jeremy Hazelbaker’s double was the only extra-base hit for Portland … The Sea Dogs team ERA jumped to a league-worst 4.71.

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.

Pawtucket 10 – Rochester 1 – Game summary and notes 4/12/12

13 Apr

The PawSox used a 7-run eighth inning to put the Red Wings away on a chilly night in the Flower City.  Pawtucket took advantage of runners in scoring position (6/16) while Rochester faltered (1/7) to convert at opportune moments.

Rochester turned to catcher Drew Butera in left field as Rene Tosoni and Brian Dinkelman sat out with injuries.  Butera committed a costly fielding error in the 8th but the camel’s back had already been broken earlier in the frame with a two run single from Nate Spears and a throwing error by Brian Dozier that scored Alex Hassan.

Pawtucket improves to 4-4 while Rochester drops to 5-3 on the year.  The teams will meet again tomorrow night at 7:05.

Thursday night’s notables:

Jose Iglesias finished 3/5 with a run, an RBI, and a stolen base.  Iglesias’ biggest hurdle has always been, and will continue to be, consistency at the plate.  He raised his average to .217 but must prove to Ben Cherington that he’s a better fit than both Mike Aviles and Nick Punto in Beantown.

Will Middlebrooks’ plate approach continues to impress.  Although he finished 1/5 with 2 strikeouts, Middlebrooks’ first two at bats displayed almost everything that you want in a young hitter.  He led off the second inning and struck out on a called check swing after nine pitches.  Middlebrooks held off of a 1-2 breaking ball in the dirt and had the fortitude to foul away four pitches with two strikes.  In the fourth inning, he led off and lined out to left field on seven pitches.  He laid off of two breaking balls with two strikes, though, which says something about his command of the strike zone.  Middlebrooks must continue to mature by turning solid at bats into walks as he transitions to becoming a Major Leaguer.  His walk rate in Portland was 5.3%, roughly 1.8% below the Major League average in 2011. He can certainly survive at his current rate but a slight reduction in his strikeout rate (23.9% in 2011) and a slight increase in his walk rate should produce less empty at bats.

Andrew Miller, SP, Pawtucket Red Sox

Andrew Miller, who was expected to start this game on Tuesday afternoon, relieved starter Brandon Duckworth to begin the bottom of the sixth.  Miller was sharp in his first inning of work, sitting down Aaron Bates, Matt Carson, and Matt Rizzotti in order.  His fastball touched 98 miles per hour and was hovering around 96 for a majority of the inning.  Despite going from 0-2 to 3-2 on Carson before inducing a ground ball, Miller worked quickly and closed the sixth with 16 pitches.  He was a completely different pitcher in the seventh inning, though, which should be cause for concern amongst Red Sox fans.  Miller struck out Rene Rivera looking but proceeded to walk two and had a third reach on a Middlebrooks fielding error.  Miller exited with 39 pitches (21 for strikes) in a Jekyll and Hyde performance.  When he was under control, he was missing bats and making hitters look silly.  Miller’s control failed him in the end which has been a recurring theme throughout the course of his career.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka has struggled at the plate for Rochester but had a reason to smile on Thursday night. He grounded out on the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning but rebounded with a single after 10 pitches to begin the fourth.  Nishioka fouled off five consecutive pitches with two strikes and proceeded to grin after reaching first base.  His facial expressions have been dominated by disappointment and bewilderment, making this reaction an important one for his confidence.  Sadly, his last two at bats resulted in a groundout in the seventh and a strikeout in the ninth inning on three pitches (all looking).  Nishioka’s massive contract means that the Minnesota Twins organization won’t be giving up on him anytime soon.  As the Major League club continues to struggle with Alexi Casilla and Jamey Carroll in the middle infield, Nishioka must prove that he can contribute offensively to regain a spot in the Twin Cities.

Joe Benson, one of the most highly touted prospects in the Twins system, had a difficult night to say the least.  He left 8 runners on base and finished 0/5 with 4 strikeouts.  He popped up on the first pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth with Rochester trailing 3-1 and later struck out looking on three pitches in the seventh with the bases loaded and the same score.  His batting average dropped to .133 and his body language is very telling of his struggles.  The sample size is too small to determine whether this is due a jump in pitching quality from AA to AAA, the chilly April weather, or a cold streak.  No matter the reason, Benson appears further from Minnesota than previously believed two weeks ago.

- Thomas Saucke

Results and Notes for 4/11/12

11 Apr

Harrisburg – 8
New Britain – 4
WP: Erik Davis (2-0)
LP: Bobby Lanigan (0-1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Harrisburg scored four runs in the fifth and seventh innings to sink the Rock Cats who finished their season opening home stand with a 4-3 record … Shortstop Pedro Florimon was bumped up to the second spot in the Rock Cats order and for the first time all season he failed to get at least one hit in a game. Florimon had batted in either the seventh or eighth slot in the prior six games … Outfielder Darin Mastroianni swiped his fourth base of the season for New Britain … Aaron Hicks doubled and scored a run as the DH for the Rock Cats. He has scored 5 runs in the last three games and is tied for the league lead with 6 … New Britain reliever Lester Oliveros made his third appearance of the season and did not allow a run in one inning of work. In 3 1/3 innings this year, Oliveros has yet to allow a run and has yielded 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4.

Portland – 1
Trenton – 10
WP: Shaeffer Hall (1-1)
LP: Chris Martin (0-2)
HR: Trenton – Ronnier Mustelier (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Up 4-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Trenton put 6 more runs on the board to put the game out of reach for Portland. The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field on Thursday for Opening Day after a dismal 1-6 start to the season on the road … Left fielder Juan Carlos Linares went 1 for 4 for Portland. His .407 batting average if fifth best in the Eastern League … Shortstop Derrik Gibson got his first start of the year for the Sea Dogs. The 2008 Red Sox second rounder went 0 for 4 and made an error on a Gustavo Molina grounder in the fifth inning … Bryce Brentz went 0 for 4 and is now 1 for his last 20 with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks … Catcher Matt Spring got his third start and for the third time he went 0 for 4 at the plate.

New Hampshire – 2
Reading – 4
WP: Tyler Cloyd (1-0)
LP: Matt Daly (0-1)
S: Justin Friend (3)
HR: New Hampshire – Brian Van Kirk (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: The RPhils tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, then broke that tie with two more in the sixth thanks to a Cesar Hernandez 2-RBI single … The Fisher Cats had a season high 3 errors on the day, bringing their season total to 10 … Brad Glenn has hit safely in four straight games and Mike McDade in five straight. Both players have 8 hits to lead the Fisher Cats … Brian Van Kirk hit the first pitch that he saw from Tyler Cloyd over the left field wall for his first AA home run, a 2-run shot … Koby Clemens and Justin Jackson struck out a combined five times and were the only two hitless Fisher Cats … The Fisher Cats will raise their 2011 Eastern League Championship banner prior to tomorrow’s home opener against New Britain. Ceremonies are slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Pawtucket – 1
Rochester – 2
WP: Scott Diamond (2-0)
LP: Justin Germano (1-1)
S: Anthony Slama (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Despite picking up a run in the top of the eighth, the PawSox could not catch up to the Red Wings early 2-0 lead. Pawtucket is now 3-4 on the year … Alex Hassan’s struggles continue as the PawSox left fielder went 0 for 3 and is now hitless in 14 at-bats. On the bright side he has picked up 5 walks in his last three games … First baseman Lars Anderson struck out 3 times and has now whiffed at least once in the last six games … After back-to-back 0 for 4’s, PawSox catcher Ryan Lavarnway notched his first multi-hit game of the season … Pawtucket left 9 men on base. It is the sixth time this season that they’ve stranded 7 or more runners.

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