Sweep Chance in Rochester

Up two games to none in Round 1 of the Governors’ Cup playoffs, the Pawtucket Red Sox have a chance to sweep the North Division champion Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Friday night in Rochester.

PawSox Playoff Facts:

  • A win would mark the first post-season series sweep by the PawSox in franchise history.
  • It would also send Pawtucket to the league finals for the first time since 2003 when they were swept by Durham.
  • Of the club’s 14 managers since 1973, Arnie Beyeler has become just the third to lead the PawSox to the playoffs in consecutive years (Joe Morgan, 1977-78; Ed Nottle, 1986-87).

Since July 23, Buckner ranks 1st in the International League in wins (7), T-1st in WHIP (0.93), and is 4th in ERA (1.63). (Kelly O’Connor)

  • The PawSox have gone 27 years since winning their last Governors’ Cup Championship in 1984 when they took down the Maine Guides.
  • Since ’84, Pawtucket has won just one playoff series when they beat the Ottawa Lynx in the 2003 semi-finals. It was their first playoff series win in 19 years.

Billy Buckner, one of the league’s best pitchers over the last two months, starts for the PawSox and will be opposed by left-hander Mike O’Connor. Over his last eight starts, Buckner is an outstanding 7-1 with a 1.63 ERA. In fact, the righty has given up less earned runs over his last eight starts (8) than he did over his first two starts with Pawtucket in June (11).

“He’s gotten the ball down and has worked ahead of hitters,” Beyler said from the visiting dugout inside Frontier Field. “When you do that, your stuff becomes more effective. Just the consistency of being more efficient and allowing yourself to get deeper into games.”

My full conversation with Arnie can be heard on the pre-game show tonight starting at 6:50. He also talks about Bryce Brentz, J.C. Linares, and Chris Hernandez.  Hope you can join us tonight along the PawSox Radio Network.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

1 Comment

I have been following this Pitcher for the entire year after he signed with Boston. Obviously he has improved throughout the year. As soon as the playoffs are over he deserves a call up to the Red Sox. Just to get an opportunity to show what he can do at the Major League Level.

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