PawSox are the North Division Champs!
For the second time in three years, the Pawtucket Red Sox are the Champions of the North Division.
It took the PawSox winning 17 of their last 20 to get them to the promised land. Just three weeks ago, Pawtucket stood at just 61-59, two games over .500 for the first time since they were 2-0.
Tight games have been nothing new for the PawSox during this torrid stretch either. Of their last 20 contests, 17 have been by three runs or less. So in Friday night’s come from behind win over Syracuse to clinch the division, it was only fitting that a hit in the bottom of the 9th would seal it.
Here’s how the 9th played out. Strikeout, strikeout, walk (on 5 pitches) to new comer Quintin Berry. First pitch to Justin Henry, a strike, as Berry steals 2nd (his 2nd swipe of the night). A ball, then the moment…the rocket up the middle to score Berry from second and a great hook slide to the foul side of the plate from the speedy outfielder gave the PawSox a 2-1 win.
Here is how it sounded on the radio:
Maybe lost in the shuffle of Playoff Baseball was the start of Clay Buchholz. He looked good in 3.1 innings allowing just a run on seven hits while striking out two. He did not issue a walk while throwing 53 pitches, 34 for strikes. Anthony Ranaudo was very impressive in his first career game out of the bullpen as he tossed four scoreless innings. After he walked the first batter he faced in the 6th, the former LSU Tiger set down the next 12 in order.
The celebration was spectacular and it even included a victory lap for all fans to get a chance to be a part of it. Below are some excellent photos taken from team photographers Louriann Mardo and Jillian Souza.
Thanks for reading and being such a big part of the PawSox all season long!!