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Oh, To Be 23 – Owens is Hot, Starts Today

by Will Flemming (@WillFlemming)

Henry Owens' progression can be viewed as the most important PawSox development in months

Henry Owens’ progression can be viewed as the most important PawSox development in months

The PawSox close down their eight-game roadtrip today with the finale in Norfolk at 12:05.  In many ways, it’s fitting that Henry Owens will take the ball; other than the torrid hitting of Jackie Bradley, Jr. (who is 12-for-30 with four homers, ten RBIs and 5 runs on the trip), Owens has been the story of the Southern swing.  In fact, you could argue that Henry’s development has been the most important development of the last two months for the PawSox.  Consider these numbers: over his last seven starts, Henry has tossed 46 innings, allowed only 26 hits and 14 runs.  He’s struck out 43 (including nine in consecutive starts) and, perhaps most importantly, has walked only 12 (five starts with two walks and a pair with just one).  He continues to hold opponents to the lowest batting average against in the International League (.187) and has the third most strikeouts (94).  Owens turned 23 on Tuesday, and we had a chance to sit down and chat with the lefthander.  Here’s that conversation:

A couple other notes from Norfolk before the pregame show kicks off on WHJJ:

On Tuesday night, the sky above Harbor Park looked like an oil painting; a spectacular sunset danced through cotton clouds that hung above the Craford Bay in right field.  I was lucky to snap this picture, which instantly became the favorite I’ve ever taken in a ballpark:

My iPhone helped me capture a photo that looked like a Bellini painting

My iPhone helped me capture a photo that looked like a Bellini painting

As Josh has made his big league dream come true this week (and done a fabulous job even as the Red Sox have struggled) it’s been a treat to work with Mike Antonellis.  Mike, who is the voice of our AA affiliate in Portland, has displayed a great knowledge of the game, a sense of humor and a passion for broadcasting.  When the Rangers or Padres call for Josh next, we will be on the horn to Mike.

– Ben Cherington met with the media yesterday in Houston.  As Tim Britton chronicles, he admitted the Sox will be sellers without saying exactly as much.

– Speaking of Owens, John Farrell intimated that Henry is going to make his big league debut in 2015.

– It’s been a deflating road trip to day the least; Gordon Edes chronicles the carnage.

– On the brighter side, first-round pick Andrew Benintendi has now hit 4 homers and walked 14 times.  He’s been on a roll lately.

– Clay Buchholz will be out several weeks after receiving a platelet rich injection from Dr. James Andrews.  How much the Sox will push him in what is an evaporating season remains a big question.

Mike and I will talk to you at 11:50 on WHJJ,

Will

The Governors’ Cup Returns to Rhode Island

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.

Here’s what it looked like on the field Thursday night following the final out.

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 remaining members from the PawSox Opening Day roster (left to right): Tony Thomas, Che-Hsuan Lin, Alex Wilson, Will Inman, Alex Hassan, Jason Repko, Nate Spears, Tony Pena, Jr.

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.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Arnie Beyeler, Mike Tamburro, and PawSox general manager Lou Schwechheimer getting drenched during the trophy celebration on the field.

Valentine: Mauro Gomez Recalled to Boston

At approximately 2:45 Wednesday afternoon, Bobby Valentine told WEEI’s The Big Show that David Ortiz (achilles) will be placed on the disabled list with Mauro Gomez being recalled from Pawtucket.

The PawSox first baseman/designated hitter was just recently optioned from Boston on July 14 to make room for Clay Buchholz coming off the disabled list. Normally the Red Sox would have to wait 10 days to recall Gomez, but because Ortiz is reportedly headed for the DL, Gomez is eligible to be recalled.

Gomez, in eight games this year with the Red Sox, is hitting .308 (8-for-26) with three doubles and three runs batted in. (Kelly O’Connor).

On Monday, in his one game with the PawSox after he was recently optioned, Gomez went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, and two runs batted in.

In addition to his obvious power, having Gomez in the PawSox lineup “puts everyone back where they need to be,” said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.

“You just don’t realize how a guy like him and [Pedro] Ciriaco, when they’re where they need to be in the lineup, the other guys go where they need to be. When those two guys are gone, then other guys move up and get into spots that they’re not used to or probably shouldn’t be in.”

Gomez currently ranks among the International League leaders in batting average (.317, 2nd),  home runs (20, T-3rd), total bases (180, 3rd), and slugging (.634, 2nd). Meanwhile, his 49 extra-base hits are the second-most in all of Triple-A.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

PawSox Roster Moves: July 16, 2012

The PawSox have a variety of roster moves today as they open up a four-game series at McCoy against the Syracuse Chiefs (Nationals):

  • Infielder Ryan Dent has been transferred back to Portland. Dent, in his first ever call-up to Triple-A, went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter.
  • Reliever Will Latimer has been received from Portland. The left-hander threw between 90-92 during his recent stay with the PawSox where he went 0-2, 4.50 ERA (4 ER/8.0 IP). His latest outing turned out to be his first career start, allowing one run over four innings on July 12 with the Sea Dogs. Before then, Latimer had made 123 career minor league appearances – all in relief.
  • After being optioned to make room in Boston for Clay Buchholz, Mauro Gomez is at McCoy and tonight hits fourth and plays first base.
  • Chris Carpenter has been added to the PawSox roster as he continues his 30-day rehab assignment (bone spurs). More on Carpenter by clicking here.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

After his All-Star first half this season, the PawSox are eager to have Gomez back in the lineup everyday. (Kelly O’Connor)

Mauro Gomez Optioned to Pawtucket

In order to activate Clay Buchholz from the disabled list for Saturday night’s start in Tampa Bay, someone had to be the odd man out. Unfortunately for Mauro Gomez, he turned out to be that “someone.”

While everyone rooting for Gomez wishes he could remain in Boston for his sake, there’s no doubt the PawSox will welcome him back at McCoy Stadium with open arms.

Having Gomez back in the lineup “puts everyone back where they need to be,” said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.

“You just don’t realize how a guy like him and [Pedro] Ciriaco, when they’re where they need to be in the lineup, the other guys go where they need to be. When those two guys are gone, then other guys move up and get into spots that they’re not used to or probably shouldn’t be in.”

No surprise, Mauro’s first Major League hit was a double. Despite missing some time being up in Boston, Gomez rankes second in the International League with 26 doubles. (Kelly O’Connor)

In his most recent stay with Boston, Gomez hit .333 (8-for-24) with three doubles and three runs batted in. He collected his first Major League hit on July 4 at Oakland, and went 3-for-4 on July 7 against the Yankees on a nationally televised game on FOX.

A 2012 International League mid-season All-Star with the PawSox, Gomez is batting .311 with 19 home runs, 55 RBI, and 26 doubles in 72 games with Pawtucket.

Given 72 hours to report to McCoy, Gomez is not in the PawSox lineup today and is not listed as an extra player, either.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

In his 9th professional season, his first with the Red Sox system, Gomez made his Big League debut. (Kelly O’Connor)

Buchholz, Ellsbury Rehab with PawSox Sunday

After seven innings of work last night, Jacoby Ellsbury finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout looking, two ground-outs, and a foul pop-out. Today the All-Star outfielder will once again lead off for the PawSox and play center field.

He’s joined this afternoon by Boston teammate Clay Buchholz who, according to RedSox.com, “is on track to return to Boston’s rotation during a three-game series on the road vs. the Rays that begins on Friday.”

In 35 career appearances (34 starts) with the PawSox, Buchholz is 12-7 with a 2.77 ERA with 61 walks and 189 strikeouts. (Kelly O’Connor)

Scheduled to start and pitch three innings today, 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 disabled list.

Similar to the last day of school, today is the final game before the three-day All-Star break and will also be televised on NESN. First pitch this afternoon from McCoy is set for 1:05, radio pre-game coverage kicks off at 12:50.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Jacoby Ellsbury Rehabs with PawSox

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.

Ellsbury, who hasn’t played since April 13, finished second in the 2011 A.L. MVP voting after hitting .321 with 32 homers and 105 RBI. (Kelly O’Connor)

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.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

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