The PawSox offense finally scored some runs on Friday night, but the pitching staff was not up to the task in keeping its opponent’s bats in check. Pawtucket fell to the Indianapolis Indians, 14-7 last night at Victory Field.
PawSox starter Enrique Gonzalez (5-4) struggled, giving up 8 runs (7 earned) on 9 hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched. He walked one, struck out four, and gave up one home run. Reliever Randor Baird did not fare any better, giving up 5 runs (only one earned) on 5 hits in 2/3 of an inning of work. Jose Vaquedano was the pitching star of the night for Pawtucket, giving up only one unearned run on two hits over the last three innings of the game.
Pawtucket scored five times in the top of the third on an RBI double by Mark Kotsay, an RBI single by Carlos Maldonado, and a three-run homer by Paul McAnulty. They added a pair of runs in the ninth on a Chip Ambres RBI triple and a Maldonado sacrifice fly.
Both clubs combined for 27 hits. Ambres, Maldonado, and Freddie Guzman had two hits apiece for the PawSox. Garrett Jones (2 doubles, 1 RBI) and Steve Pearce (1 double, 1 RBI) each collected 4 hits for the Indians. Neil Walker homered and drove in 4 runs while Brian Bixler doubled and drove in 3.
Indianapolis starter Daniel McCutchen (3-3) gave up five runs but was still able to pick up the win.
Game two of the four game series with the Indians is tonight (7:00pm). Clay Buchholz (3-0, 1.30 ERA) will go for Pawtucket. Virgil Vazquez (4-2, 4.04 ERA) takes the hill for Indy.
The Pawtucket Red Sox collected 14 hits but could not cash in, leaving 12 men on base in their loss to the Louisville Bats last night, 5-2 at Slugger Field. The teams ended up splitting the four game series.
The game shaped up as potential pitching duel between the PawSox’ Michael Bowden and Louisville prospect Homer Bailey. Both men pitched well, but not up to the level of consistency hoped for by their parent clubs. Bowden worked 4 1/3 innings giving up six hits and two runs (one earned). He did not figure in the decision. Bailey (4-5) pitched long enough to earn the win, throwing 6 innings, giving up 11 hits and two runs.
Pawtucket reliever Billy Traber (2-3) took the loss. Lefty Javier Lopez continues to struggle in his return to Pawtucket, giving up two runs, including a homer. His ERA is now 13.50.
Chris Carter, Dusty Brown, Angel Chavez, Jonathan Van Every, and Travis Denker each had two hits for the PawSox. Louisville LF Daniel Dorn went 3 for 4 with a homer and 2 RBI’s to pace the Bats.
Pawtucket travels to Indianapolis to open up a four game series tonight (7:15pm) with the Indians. Enrique Gonzalez (5-3) starts for the PawSox. He’ll be opposed by Daniel McCutchen (2-3) for Indy.
The Pawtucket Red Sox pitching staff once again put together a solid performance, allowing only one hit as the PawSox shut out the Louisville Bats, 2-0 this afternoon at Slugger Field. It’s the second one-hit shutout thrown by the PawSox in three games against the Bats.
Starter Charlie Zink (4-4) worked well enough to shut down the Bats and earn the win. He worked 7 1/3 innings, giving up the lone hit while walking 6 and striking out two.
Jose Vaquedano and Francisco Cabrera threw 1 2/3 perfect innings in closing out the game. Cabrera earned his 9th save of the season.
Pawtucket got all the runs they needed on a RBI single by C John Otness in the second and a sacrifice fly by 3B Angel Chavez in the seventh. Otness was the lone PawSox player to collect two hits.
The finale of the four game set is tomorrow night (7:05pm) and shapes up to be a great match-up. The PawSox send Michael Bowden (2-2, 1.64 ERA) to the mound, opposed by Reds phenom Homer Bailey (3-5, 4.57 ERA) for the Bats.
The Louisville Bats jumped on Pawtucket starter Kris Johnson early then held on to defeat the PawSox 7-5 last night at Slugger Field.
The Bats roughed up Johnson for all 7 runs (5 earned) over 2 2/3 innings. Johnson (2-6) gave up 9 hits while walking one and striking out four. His ERA ballooned to 7.41.
At the plate the PawSox did hammer out 13 hits, with Sean Danielson, Paul McAnulty, Angel Chavez, and Travis Denker collecting two hits each. Jonathan Van Every belted a two-run home run in the 8th inning, his 4th homer of the season.
Louisville RF Norris Hooper went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s to pace the Bats. Louisville starter Adsam Pettyjohn (1-5) pitched 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win.
The PawSox and Bats play matinee (11:05am) today in game three of the series. Charlie Zink (3-4, 4.36 ERA) throws for the PawSox against Matt Maloney (3-2, 2.28 ERA) for the Bats.
Pawtucket Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz took a perfect game into the ninth inning, giving up only one hit in the PawSox’ 3-0 victory over the Louisville Bats last evening in Kentucky.
Bats’ 2B Danny Richar lined the first pitch of the ninth to left for a clean single to break up the perfect game. Buchholz then resettled into his groove, retiring the next three batters to preserve the one-hitter and the shutout.
For the game Buchholz struck out 7 and walked no one. He threw only 96 pitches, 70 for strikes. He lowered his ERA to an I.L. best 1.30.
The PawSox gave Buchholz all the run support he would need in the sixth on back-to-back solo home runs by Dusty Brown and Paul McAnulty off Louisville starter Ramon Ramirez. Brown finished the day going 3 for 4. Travis Denker added two hits while Sean Danielson drove in Pawtucket’s third run.
The two teams continue their series tonight (7:05 pm) in Louisville with the PawSox sending Kris Johnson to the mound. He’ll be opposed by Adam Pettyjohn for the Bats.