News and Notes from the Road
The PawSox had yet another come from behind win last night in Columbus, 5-3 in 10 innings, to take the first two of three in the series. What’s at stake tonight? A chance to win a road series for the first time since Mother’s Day Weekend in Louisville.
Pawtucket started the season taking three of four games in three of their first four road series. Since then, they lost three straight before splitting the last four. Oh the tides, they are a changing…we hope.
Allen Webster had a real gritty start in last night’s victory. While he didn’t factor in the decision, he worked through 7 innings while allowing just 2 runs on 7 hits. He walked 4 for the first time since April 18 vs. Buffalo and threw a season high 108 pitches (the most he’d thrown in a game since 2012 when he threw 110 while pitching for Chattanooga in the Dodgers system). It was a grind for Allen, mostly because his command was not sharp for much of the outing (only 64 strikes in those 108 pitches). But considering he’d thrown 42 pitches through the first 2 innings while allowing 8 base runners…his final 5 innings were VERY impressive. Troubling still, though, is the lack of offense he receives when he starts. While he is physically pitching, the PawSox have scored just 53 runs for Allen over his league leading 19 starts (2.8 per game).
The PawSox scored a couple runs in the 6th to tie the game on back to back pitches as Will Middlebrooks doubled down the left field line to drive in one and Alex Hassan singled on the next pitch to plate the other.
Into the 10th we went after scoreless relief by Dalier Hinojosa and Drake Britton. Andres Torres blasted a two run, no-doubt homer, and Travis Shaw followed with an opposite field shot to give Pawtucket a little insurance. It was the 1st time this season the PawSox hit back-to-back homers. This is how they sounded…
In other news, as expected, Rubby De La Rosa will start for the Red Sox tonight against the White Sox. This became apparent when the righty went just one inning on Sunday in Columbus. The slightly surprising news was that Brandon Workman was optioned to Pawtucket to clear the space necessary for Rubby.
This move has been deemed just at temporary to Workman who was 1-3 with a 4.13 ERA in 11 games, 8 starts.
Pawtucket’s offense has been on a roll lately. And despite losing 5 of 8 (by a total of 6 runs), they have at least 10 hits in five of of those games, including the last three in a row. A good sign as the team’s batting average now sits at .248.
The PawSox will send knuckleballer Steven Wright to the hill tonight at 7:05 in search of that elusive road series victory. Wright has won three of his last 5 starts and has pitched at least 6 innings in every start this season. The only time he didn’t was in Rochester when the game was suspended due to rain. And he’s allowed 2 runs or less in all but one start (4 vs. Durham June 28, all in the 1st inning)
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