PawSox Notebook: Pitching Nearly Perfect
Although it now feels like the baseball season has been in full-swing for weeks, it’s Opening Day at Fenway Park this afternoon at 2:05 as the Red Sox host Tampa Bay. Josh Beckett takes on David Price in what should be a great matchup and, hopefully, the Sox second win of the season.
As the first pitch of the Red Sox vs. Rays game is being thrown, the PawSox will be loading the bus and heading over to Frontier Field in Rochester where they’ll wrap up a three game series to end the first leg of the current nine-game road trip. As the PawSox set numerous season-highs last night en route to a 10-1 win to even the series 1-1, here are some interesting facts and figures through eight games this season.
- PawSox pitchers have allowed just four runs over the last 36 innings (1.00 ERA)
Pawtucket’s bullpen has not allowed a single run since Game 4 of the season on April 7 (15 1/3 innings).
- The ‘pen has allowed just two earned runs over 22 1/3 innings so far (0.81 ERA).
- With the best team ERA in the International League of 1.34, the PawSox are more than 1.5 runs better than second-place Lehigh Valley (2.86 ERA).
- The club’s 1.34 ERA is the third-best in all of minor league baseball. (Triple-A New Orleans, 0.91 ERA; High-A Myrtle Beach, 1.17 ERA.)
- Thanks to a season-high 13 hits last night, the PawSox raised their team average from .245 (7th) to .260 (3rd).
- Pawtucket scored 13 runs last night with only thee extra base hits.
- Two of those XBH came from outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin who connected on his first home run of the year and also doubled.
- Per Alex Speier of WEEI.com, it was just the second time in 90 Triple-A games that Lin has had multiple extra-base hits in the same game.
- Lin had only two Triple-A home runs last year. The first came on June 22 vs. Louisville when he homered off Bats’ starter Daryl Thompson in a game that Brandon Duckworth started for the PawSox. Last night it was once again Thompson (now with Rochester) who surrendered Lin’s longball in a game were, you guessed it, Brandon Duckworth started for Pawtucket.
- Shortstop Jose Iglesias had two hits over his first five games this year. Last night he went 3-for-5 with a sacrifice bunt. His batting average went from .111 to .217.
- Third baseman Will Middlebrooks has a hit in six of the first eight games, including three multi-hit efforts.
A victory tonight for the PawSox would win the three-game series versus the Red Wings and would make the PawSox an impressive 12-2-5 in their last 18 series dating back to July 4th of last year. Righty Aaron Cook makes his second start for Pawtucket and is opposed by right-hander Cole DeVries.
First pitch from Frontier Field is at 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.
Talk with you then,