PawSox Win the 2012 I.L. Wildcard
It took 142 games to nail down a post-season berth, but who cares.
Saturday night the PawSox shutout the North Division champion Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Yankees, 2-0, and in doing so, won the wild card.
As Pawtucket heads back to the Governors’ Cup playoffs for the second straight year, here are some facts, figures, and observations about this 2012 PawSox club:
- 68 players have played for the PawSox this season — 70 is the franchise record set in both 1995 and 2006 (“so you’re sayin’ there’s a chance”).
- 21 different players have been promoted to Boston this season (not including 10 called-up from injury rehab).
- Five players in the Boston’s lineup Saturday night had played for Pawtucket in ’12.
- Three of the Red Sox five pitchers Saturday had spent time with the PawSox this year.
- The members PawSox six-man Opening Day rotation are currently spread over four different time zones:
- Justin Germano: traded to the Cubs on July 19
- Brandon Duckworth: signed with Japan
- Doug Mathis: also signed with Japan
- Alex Wilson: now in the PawSox bullpen
- Aaron Cook: in Boston’s rotation
- Ross Ohlendorf: opted out of his contract, signed with the Padres
- Since August 1, the PawSox have received seven players from Double-A Portland currently on the active roster. They had 23 games of Triple-A experience, combined.
- Pawtucket has won seven of its last eight games. During that time the PawSox…
- Rotation has gone 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA (11 ER/50.2 IP) with six quality starts
- Closers have gone 5-for-5 in save situations
- Are hitting .271 (overall this year, Columbus leads the league batting .269)
- Somehow I haven’t mentioned yet some of the position players now in Boston:
- Mauro Gomez: 2012 International League MVP
- Will Middlebrooks: We knew he wouldn’t last long
- Ryan Lavarnway: Hit a league-best .405 in June
- Pedro Ciriaco: The club’s offensive spark plug and played three positions
- Jose Iglesias: One scout told me, “the best shortstop in all of baseball.”
The PawSox will host Scranton-Wilkes/Barre in the playoffs on September 5 and 6 in a best-of-five series. The two clubs will then travel to Rochester, Ny. to finish the series at Frontier Field.
A Red Sox vs. Yankees post-season will happen after all.