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After waiting 28 years, PawSox fans have been rewarded. With a 4-1 win over the Charlotte Knights Thursday evening, the Pawtucket Red Sox proved they were the best team in the International League in 2012 and won their first Governors’ Cup in nearly three decades.
Not only was the win over Charlotte the club’s first championship since defeating the now defunct Maine Guides in 1984, it was also the first post-season series sweep in franchise history. You could make a strong argument that the PawSox played some of their best baseball of the entire season during the playoffs. Here’s the proof:
- Pawtucket finished the post-season with a 6-1 record.
- The pitching staff combined for a sparkling 2.01 ERA (14 ER/62.2 IP).
- In the last six games, Pawtucket starters combined to go 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA (6 ER/39.1 IP).
- In seven playoff games, PawSox batters combined for 10 home runs, 10 doubles, and three triples.
- The PawSox outscored the Knights 13-3 in three games.
Enough can’t be said about the work of manager Arnie Beyeler. The second-year PawSox skipper constantly dealt with a changing roster that, in total, featured 69 players — one shy of the franchise record.
In two years in Pawtucket, Arnie has won a North Division title and now a Governors’ Cup. From my time spent around Arnie and our 1-on-1 conversations (both on-air and off), I can tell you that he is the perfect example of how hard work pays off.
After more than five months and 150 games, it’s awfully difficult sum up a season and fully appreciate all that happened. Let’s face it, there has been plenty to celebrate in 2012 in addition to a Governors’ Cup championship:
- Mauro Gomez was named International League MVP.
- Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway were named post-season All-Stars.
- We were able to watch Will Middlebrooks crush it for all of April.
- People in Pawtucket fell in love with Pedro Ciriaco before anyone else.
- PawSox team president Mike Tamburro was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.
- Lars Anderson and Jason Repko each made SportsCenters’ Top-10 Plays.
- The beautiful statue Ben Mondor was unveiled inside Mondor Gardens.
- Big Leaguers like Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Carl Crawford, and Cody Ross all wore a PawSox jersey.
The PawSox have a chance to add another highlight to the list with a win Tuesday night in Durham in the Triple-A National Championship Game against either Reno or Omaha.
Both on-air and in this blog, it has been a pleasure bringing PawSox baseball to you in 2012. Your loyal readership always gives me a reason to type and constantly reminds me how fortunate I am to be in this position.
Over the years you’ve listened to some of the most talented broadcasters in baseball come through Pawtucket, and living up to the standards they set has been the greatest — and most fulfilling — challenge of my career.
Thank you for making PawSox baseball on the radio part of your summer and for bringing me with you in the car, in your home, and everywhere else in between.
What a way to start my stay in Pawtucket.
In his first rehab start with the PawSox Thursday night, Carl Crawford played five innings and finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and a pair of singles. With all of the focus on the Red Sox outfielder last night, a number of PawSox roster moves were overlooked.
- Left-hander Will Latimer was assigned back to Double-A Portland where he actually started last night and tossed four innings.
- Outfielder Jason Repko, who had homered in each of his last two games, has been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
- Although the moves sending outfielders Scott Podsednik and Ryan Kalish had officially happened prior to the break, both played in their first game for the PawSox last night.
- Righty Clayton Mortensen, the 26th man for the Red Sox day-night doubleheader last weekend against the Yankees, was sent back to Pawtucket and pitched Thursday.
After a disappointing loss last night against Buffalo, the PawSox and Bisons play game two this evening with Billy Buckner (1-3, 6.43) getting the start. First pitch is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.
Talk with you then.
Following the three-day All-Star break, the PawSox are back at it tonight versus the Buffalo Bisons from McCoy. Joining them this evening will be Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford who begins a new 20-day rehab assignment.
Crawford rehabbed from June 23-30 with the Gulf Coast Red Sox and continued from July 3-5 with Portland before suffering a left groin strain while running out a triple on July 5 in New Hampshire. Having not played for the past six days, Crawford is eligible to begin a new rehab assignment.
The second-year Boston outfielder went 3-for-14 with five walks in five games for the Gulf Coast Red Sox, and 4-for-10 with a triple, RBI, and two walks in three games for Portland.
- Ryan Lavarnway, Pawtucket’s lone mid-season All-Star not in Boston, finished last night’s Triple-A All-Star game 1-for-2 in front of a sell-out crowd of over 18,000 in Buffalo.
- Red Sox pitching prospect Matt Barnes needed just two pitches to record two outs Sunday evening at the Futures Game in Kansas City.
- Barnes’ Salem teammate, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, suited up for the World Team and finished 1-for-4 with two strikeouts as the designated hitter.
Following two rehab outings with Double-A Portland, Red Sox All-Star Jacoby Ellsbury begins a rehab stint with the PawSox tonight from McCoy Stadium where he will leadoff and play center field.
Friday night Ellsbury went 1-for-4 with a double and scored a run in what turned out to be a play at the plate. Prior to a scheduled day off Thursday, Ellsbury went 1-for-5 Wednesday night with the Sea Dogs. Before his time with Portland, he played in seven games in Ft. Myers with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.
It seems like forever ago, but in a two-hit effort on Fenway Park’s Opening Day, Ellsbury suffered a dislocated shoulder after Tampa Bay shortstop Reid Brignac landed on his shoulder. He’s been sidelined from Boston ever since.
Carl Crawford was speculated to join Ellsbury in Pawtucket, but a tweaked left groin has delayed his rehab assignment. According to RedSox.com, Bobby Valentine has “characterized the decision to stop Crawford’s current rehab stint as preventative.”
Meanwhile, yet another All-Star, Clay Buchholz, is scheduled to start Sunday’s game at McCoy against Syracuse. According to the same article, Buchholz “is on track to return to Boston’s rotation during a three-game series on the road vs. the Rays that begins on Friday.”
Buchholz last pitched for the Red Sox on June 19 before suffering a stomach illness which resulted in a short stay at the hospital and being placed on the disable list.
It was only six days ago when Daniel Bard put together an efficient 1-2-3 inning against Charlotte using 10 pitches (seven strikes) to retire the Knights in order.
However, his next two outings were anything but a model of efficiency. A combined 12 batters faced in 1 1/3 innings with five walks, a hit batter, a blown save, one wild pitch, and a total of 47 pitches (18 strikes).
In a 1-1 tie last night against Rochester, Bard’s number was called in the seventh to do something he had yet done with the PawSox: pitch in back-to-back nights. Needless to say, the Bard we saw last night was nearly a carbon copy of the one six days ago.
The right-hander needed just 10 pitches (eight strikes) to induce three ground ball outs to the right side of the infield. Following a sacrifice fly from Che-Hsuan Lin in the bottom of the seventh, Bard was awarded his first win of the year with Pawtucket.
“He turned it loose,” PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said. “It was like, ‘Hey, I quit caring and I’m just going to throw it.’ His arm action tonight looked a little bit like we’ve seen in the past where he got away from the mechanical, robotic look and just reared back and threw the ball.”
Brendan McGair (@BWMcGair03)of the Pawtucket Times does a terrific job covering the PawSox and writes about not only last night’s outing, but a conversation between Bard and teammate Andrew Miller.
In other Red Sox news, Carl Crawford is scheduled to play tonight for Double-A Portland as he recovers from left wrist surgery. Sea Dogs’ broadcaster Mike Antonellis did a video interview with Crawford yesterday you can watch here.
The Red Sox will be represented by two young promising prospects at the 2012 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game held on July 8 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes (U.S. Team) and shortstop Xander Bogaerts (World Team), both with High-A Salem, have been selected to represent the Red Sox organization at the game. The PawSox will also be represented at the event by manager Arnie Beyeler who has been selected as one of the coaches for the World Team.
“I’m very excited,” Arnie said from the visiting clubhouse in Syracuse today. “I feel honored to be selected. It should be a lot of fun to get to a big league ballpark and spend time with some real talented young players.”
Barnes, 22, was taken by the Red Sox with the 19th overall pick last June out of the University of Connecticut. He began the season with Single-A Greenville where he flat out dominated. He went 2-0 in five starts and compiled a microscopic 0.34 ERA (1 ER/26.2 IP) while walking four and fanning 42. Numbers that resembled a video game more than anything else, he allowed just 12 hits.
Barnes was then promoted to High-A Salem where in eight starts he’s gone 5-1 with a 1.37 ERA (7 ER/46.0 IP) with eight walks and 53 punch outs. With the Salem Red Sox he’s been paired with the 19-year-old Bogaerts who hit .293 over the first half of the season.
One of only two 19-year-olds in the Carolina League, some argue that Bogaerts should be the Red Sox No. 1 prospect because he may have the highest ceiling. At 6-foot-3, he could wind up being too big for a shortstop, but for now that’s the only defensive position he’s played in his young pro career.
For the complete rosters, click here. Current Red Sox players to suit up in the Futures Game include:
- Josh Beckett
- Clay Buchholz
- Aaron Cook
- Carl Crawford
- Jacoby Ellsbury
- Adrian Gonzalez
- Kevin Youkilis
- Will Middlebrooks
Enjoy the game, and keep an eye out for Arnie who will probably get an inning or two coaching third base.
After straining his right oblique earlier this month, Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald joins the PawSox and tonight starts his rehab in Pawtucket.
Maybe most known this season for taking the mound – and the loss – in the Red Sox 17-inning affair with Baltimore on May 6, McDonald is batting .179 with two home runs and eight RBI in 26 games for the Sox this season.
A former 1st Round selection by the Orioles in 1997, McDonald hit soft toss on Tuesday, followed by batting practice Wednesday. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list as soon as Sunday.
Although no Red Sox or PawSox fan ever wants to see a Boston player placed on the disabled list, one bright spot surrounding McDonald’s injury was that it resulted in Pawtucket first baseman Mauro Gomez receiving his first career Major League call-up. Recently back with the PawSox, Gomez went 0-for-2 in two games with Boston.
The Red Sox outfield has been saddled by countless injuries this season. Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder), Carl Crawford (wrist/elbow), Cody Ross (foot), and Ryan Sweeney (concussion) are all currently on the mend. Don’t forget about fan-favorite Ryan Kalish who continues to work back from neck and shoulder surgeries as well.
The PawSox play Game 2 against Toledo tonight from McCoy where righty Justin Germano (4-3, 2.98) will be opposed by Mud Hens’ righty Jacob Turner (0-0, 4.76). First pitch is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.
Talk with you then.