Governors’ Cup Finals: Game 2 Preview

Governors’ Cup Finals
PawSox Lead Series, 1-0
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
McCoy Stadium | Pawtucket, Rhode Island | 7:05 p.m.

With their 7-2 win Tuesday night over the South Division champion Charlotte Knights, the PawSox are now 4-1 in the playoffs and have outscored their opponent 27-13. Just like they successfully did against the Yankees in Round 1 of the playoffs, the PawSox have a chance to leave McCoy Stadium up 2-0 in the series with a win Wednesday night.

As the PawSox prepare to play their last game inside McCoy in 2012, here’s another post-season edition of the PawSox Notebook:

  • Of the PawSox 27 post-season runs scored, 15 have crossed home plate thanks to a homer.
  • In five playoff games, Pawtucket has homered nine times, five of them have come with at least one man on base.
  • The PawSox will face Charlotte starter Charlie Shirek Wednesday night. In his one start against Pawtucket this year, the righty allowed two runs over six innings for a no-decision.
  • Hard-throwing reliever Josh Fields was a welcomed sight Tuesday night. Pitching for the first time since suffering a minor groin injury on the final day of the regular season, Fields struck out two of the four batters he faced in a scoreless ninth inning.
  • Over the last four games, Pawtucket starters have gone 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA (5 ER/27.1 IP) with six walks and 26 strikeouts.

Zach Stewart, a former Chicago White Sox farmhand, pitched in one game for the Knights in 2011. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Wednesday night’s starter, Zach Stewart, made his best start of the year against the Knights his last time out on August 23. The former White Sox pitcher allowed two runs over a season-high seven innings but was dealt the loss.
  • Take away Game 3 against the Yankees when the PawSox bullpen allowed all four runs and suffered a blown save, the Pawtucket ‘pen has worked 10 scoreless innings this post-season.
  • Combine the work of the rotation and the bullpen, PawSox pitchers have a 2.62 post-season ERA.
  • Bryce Brentz the PawSox post-season MVP? You could make a strong case. The Red Sox No. 5 overall prospect per Baseball America has hit .471 (8-for-17) with two homers, five runs batted in, two doubles, and a triple. In fact, Brentz has at least one extra-base hit in each playoff game.

If you can’t make it to McCoy tonight, you can always join us on the broadcast along the PawSox Radio Network, or by listening online. Pre-Game coverage begins tonight at 6:50.





Go Paw Sox

Hope they can one year translate this September winning to the big leagues.

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