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PawSox Loving The Lehigh Valley

by Josh Maurer

This season the Pawtucket Red Sox have suffered two four-game losing streaks. Each time following that fourth-consecutive loss, they boarded a bus and headed to Allentown, PA to begin a series against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

On April 14th, the PawSox had just been swept by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at home and went to Lehigh Valley for the Pigs’ home opener.  That night the bats exploded for 13 runs and 19 hits en route to a 13-1 thumping of the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate.

On Monday night, Pawtucket had just been swept in a four-game series at Syracuse and held to just seven total runs in the four contests. But once again things turned around in a hurry at Coca-Cola Park, as the PawSox erupted again by scoring eight of the final nine runs in a game they would win 8-3.

Paced by four hits from Marco Hernandez and a massive two-run home run from Justin Maxwell, the club collected 15 total knocks on the night.

In three games at Lehigh Valley this season, the PawSox are batting .388 (45-for-116) with three home runs, 12 doubles and a .569 slugging percentage.  The offense is averaging nine runs per game at Coca-Cola Park.

Coca Cola Park

In the team’s other 21 games thus far, the offense is hitting at a .242 clip and scoring just three runs/game on average.  I suppose it suffices to say the PawSox enjoy playing within the confines of this nine-year old venue.  Guess its a good thing Pawtucket will play 10 total games in Allentown this season.

Here are a few other notes to get you ready for Tuesday night’s second game of the series against the Pigs:

Carson Smith has been activated from the disabled list by the Red Sox and will be available in the bullpen for John Farrell in game one of the series at the White Sox tonight.  Smith pitched twice during a rehab assignment for Double-A Portland, but never got into a game with the PawSox (he had a scheduled appearance cancelled by a rainout at McCoy last Tuesday.)

Ryan LaMarre is now on a 12-game hitting streak for the PawSox, during which he is batting .391 (18-for-46).  LaMarre’s bat has been so hot that manager Kevin Boles has moved him up in the batting order; hitting him second in Syracuse on Sunday before placing him in the leadoff spot for the first time all season on Monday night.

Pat Light made his big-league debut last week in Atlanta, and LOVED every minute of the experience.  Check out his recap of his time with Boston in this interview from Monday night:

Marco Hernandez is now 11-for-20 (.550) in his last five games played with Pawtucket (with a quick trip to Boston for two games Saturday and Sunday mixed in between.)  On Monday in Lehigh Valley, he picked up four hits with only one leaving the infield.

Marco Hernandez hitting ball

On Tuesday night in Allentown, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez continues his MLB rehab assignment for the Red Sox by making his second start for the PawSox on this road trip. Pregame coverage from Coca-Cola Park begins at 6:35pm on the PawSox Radio Network.

Hope to speak to you tonight.  Thanks as always for reading!

Josh M

Hot Stove Party Invitees – Brandon Duckworth

You’re invited this Friday, January 13th to the 35th Annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium.  This FREE event is open to the public and gives our great fans a chance to get autographs and photos with some terrific Red Sox prospects.  I’ll profile each player scheduled to appear Friday on the blog this week leading up to the event.

Today we continue with RHP Brandon Duckworth.

Ht.: 6-2      Wt.: 215      Age: 35     Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT    Signed: Philadelphia, 1997

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We all know how valuable a veteran presence is in a minor league (or major league) clubhouse, and that’s exactly what you get with Duckworth.  An eight-year major league veteran, the righty has appeared in 134 career major league games (84 starts) with three different teams (Philadelphia, Houston, and Kansas City).  Also of note, he was part of the November 3, 2003 trade that bought All-Star closer Billy Wagner to Philadelphia.

His big league debut came back on August 7, 2001 in a 7-3 win over the Padres.  Overall, Duckworth has gone 23-34, 5.28 ERA in the majors, last pitching with Kansas City in 2008 when he started seven games.   Since ’08, he’s pitched for three different Triple-A clubs: Omaha (Kansas City), Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia), and Pawtucket.

Last season with the PawSox Duckworth put up solid numbers going 8-6, 3.97 in 22 games (21 starts).  He strung together a four game winning streak from July 14 – 29 where he allowed five runs over 23 1/3 innings (1.93 ERA).  For those efforts he won International League Pitcher of the Week.

Interestingly enough, there are only four players from the state of Utah with more major league experience than Duckworth.  At the top of the list is former Red Sox pitcher Bruce Hurst with 15 years of experience (1980-94).  In nine seasons with the Sox, Hurst went 88-73, 4.23 ERA and was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004.

One thing Duckworth can say he’s had that not many other major leaguers have experienced is his own cheering section.  During his time in the City of Brotherly Love, this section was known as the Duck Pond.  It was so popular that when he was re-signed by the Phillies in 2010, there was a Facebook group created to bring the Duck Pond to Coca-Cola Park in Lehigh Valley where he was pitching.

Should be fun meeting Brandon this Friday night at McCoy.  Hope to see you there.