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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.

PawSox Win the 2012 I.L. Wildcard

It took 142 games to nail down a post-season berth, but who cares.

Saturday night the PawSox shutout the North Division champion Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Yankees, 2-0, and in doing so, won the wild card.

PawSox players celebrating on the field after Saturday night’s won over the Yankees. (Jillian Souza)

As Pawtucket heads back to the Governors’ Cup playoffs for the second straight year, here are some facts, figures, and observations about this 2012 PawSox club:

  • 68 players have played for the PawSox this season — 70 is the franchise record set in both 1995 and 2006 (“so you’re sayin’ there’s a chance”).
  • 21 different players have been promoted to Boston this season (not including 10 called-up from injury rehab).
  • Five players in the Boston’s lineup Saturday night had played for Pawtucket in ’12.
  • Three of the Red Sox five pitchers Saturday had spent time with the PawSox this year.
  • The members PawSox six-man Opening Day rotation are currently spread over four different time zones:
      • Justin Germano: traded to the Cubs on July 19
      • Brandon Duckworth: signed with Japan
      • Doug Mathis: also signed with Japan
      • Alex Wilson: now in the PawSox bullpen
      • Aaron Cook: in Boston’s rotation
      • Ross Ohlendorf: opted out of his contract, signed with the Padres
  • Since August 1, the PawSox have received seven players from Double-A Portland currently on the active roster. They had 23 games of Triple-A experience, combined.
  • Pawtucket has won seven of its last eight games. During that time the PawSox…
      • Rotation has gone 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA (11 ER/50.2 IP) with six quality starts
      • Closers have gone 5-for-5 in save situations
      • Are hitting .271 (overall this year, Columbus leads the league batting .269)
  • Somehow I haven’t mentioned yet some of the position players now in Boston:
      • Mauro Gomez: 2012 International League MVP
      • Will Middlebrooks: We knew he wouldn’t last long
      • Ryan Lavarnway: Hit a league-best .405 in June
      • Pedro Ciriaco: The club’s offensive spark plug and played three positions
      • Jose Iglesias: One scout told me, “the best shortstop in all of baseball.”

The PawSox will host Scranton-Wilkes/Barre in the playoffs on September 5 and 6 in a best-of-five series. The two clubs will then travel to Rochester, Ny. to finish the series at Frontier Field.

A Red Sox vs. Yankees post-season will happen after all.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

 

Gomez Named 2012 International League MVP

After an impressive 100 games with the PawSox, the International League announced Tuesday morning that 27-year-old Mauro Gomez is the league’s 2012 Most Valuable Player and a post-season All-Star (designated hitter).

Despite being called-up to Boston four different times, the first baseman/designated hitter ranks among the league leaders in most offensive categories. Gomez hit .310 (T-3rd) with 34 doubles (T-2nd), 24 homers (T-2nd), and 74 runs batted in (4th). He leads the league with a .589 slugging pct. and 59 extra-base hits, and is 3rd in total bases (228).

Signed by the Red Sox as a free agent last February after hitting .304 with 24 home runs and 90 runs batted in for the Gwinnett Braves in 2011, Gomez, a native of the Dominican Republic, made his Major League debut with Boston this May and, in 14 games with the Red Sox, is batting .292 with one homer and six runs batted.

In his two seasons in Triple-A, Gomez has hit .307 with 48 homers, 68 doubles, and 164 RBI. (Kelly O’Connor)

Gomez becomes the seventh player in franchise history to win International League’s Most Valuable Player award and joins shortstop Jose Iglesias and catcher Ryan Lavarnway as post-season All-Stars.

This is the first time since 2008 that the PawSox have had a post-season All-Star selection. In 2008, first baseman Jeff Bailey won the MVP, while second baseman Joe Thurston, outfielder Chris Carter, and right-hander Charlie Zink where all post-season All-Stars.

I’m thrilled for Gomez who always seemed to bring a smile — and a big bat — to the ballpark.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Jose Iglesias Doing Everything in August

He is still making ridiculous defensive plays every night at shortstop, but, lately, Jose Iglesias is also contributing at the plate on a regular basis.

Since the start of August, Iglesias is batting .320 — so is PawSox masher, Mauro Gomez. In 13 games this month, the Cuban leads the club with five doubles, and, with five walks, is on pace to set a monthly-high in that category as well (he had eight in April).

“I told myself to relax at the plate and stop focusing so much on the results,” Iglesias said. “I’ve had months where I’ve hit the ball really hard, but have just hit it to the wrong spots and haven’t gotten hits.”

Iglesias has set a career-high in walks this season with 24 while striking out just 46 times in 377 plate appearances. (Kelly O’Connor)

After finishing 2-for-4 Tuesday night against Scranton-Wilkes/Barre, Iglesias extended his hitting streak to nine games (15-for-39) and is also riding a 13-game on-base streak.

“By hitting more doubles, he’s opening the field up,” said PawSox manager, Arnie Beyeler. Opposing infields aren’t able to tighten up as much when they know there’s a chance he’ll hit a double.”

Iglesias was on pace for one of the best offensive months of his career this May when he hit .341 with a home run and nine RBI over 20 games. Unfortunately, a lower back injury ended his month early and put him on the disabled list from May 26 – June 25.

When talking about Iglesias’ batting average, runs batted in, etc., it’s important to remember how many runs he saves and how many hits he takes away from the opposing team because of his remarkable defense. As PawSox starter Chris Hernandez said, “I know that every night I’m on the mound, Jose is going to give me 100% effort on every ball put in play.”

Like he did here, here, and here.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

 

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)

Thumbs Up: Pedro Ciriaco Takes Over Twitter

“He is doing everything.”

Those were the words of FOX play-by-play man Joe Buck following Pedro Ciriaco’s stolen third base and run scored thanks to a throwing error by Russell Martin in the seventh inning last night.

The former PawSox infielder finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and four runs batted in against the Yankees (not the ones from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). His four hits and four RBI were both career highs, and his single in the third inning was his first hit as a Red Sox. Add to all of this seven assists at shortstop.

Both from the PawSox 2012 Opening Day roster, Pedro Ciriaco celebrates with Daniel Nava. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Ciriaco stole the show last night from everyone, including former Pawtucket teammate Mauro Gomez who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored. Gomez has now hit safely in all four games since being recalled on July 3 and is batting .471 (8-for-17) with three doubles, three RBI and two runs.

No surprise, those watching Ciriaco & Company last night took to Twitter. Here are the best tweets about Pedro on what turned out to be the biggest baseball night of his life.

Jenny Dell – NESN (@JennyDellNESN): Ciriaco having a night!! All the folks at #Fenway saying “Pedro, Pedro, Pedro” chants are ringing around the park.

Gordon Edes – ESPNBoston.com (@GordonEdes): Just a guess, but this has to be the greatest night of Ciriaco’s baseball life. “Pedro, Pedro” chants.

Christy Lemire – AP Movie Critic (@christylemire): So Kevin Costner plays Pedro Ciriaco in the movie version of this game tonight, right?

Pete Abraham – Boston Globe (@PeteAbe): Standing ovation as Ciriaco comes up. This is crazy

Michael Berger – WEEI (@MichaelSBerger): Quite appropriate that Pedro Ciriaco, who wears #77, has a huge game for the Red Sox on 7/7.

Jared Carrabis – New England Baseball Journal (@Jared_Carrabis): There are five-year-old children in Boston that, sadly, have never seen a #RedSox World Series. The wait is over. Pedro Ciriaco is here.

Michael Sangalang – Producer, WBZ-TV (@MikeSangWBZ): Never bet against a Pedro at Fenway #RedSox #ciriaco

Red – Red Sox Blogger (@SurvivingGrady): WHO DIED AND MADE YOU PEDRO CIRIACO

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Reports: Pedro Ciriaco to the Red Sox

According to multiple media reports, in addition to the Red Sox official game notes and Bobby Valentine on WEEI, PawSox infielder, and mid-season All-Star, Pedro Ciriaco has been called up Boston.

It should be noted that the Red Sox have not sent out an official release about Ciriaco. That said, he has been seen in the Red Sox clubhouse while Dustin Pedroia has been seen wearing a cast on his right thumb.

Of the PawSox four mid-season All-Stars, Ciriaco would mark the third called up to Boston over the last four days. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway would be the lone All-Star remaining on the roster with Ciriaco joining Justin Germano and Mauro Gomez in Boston.

Ciriaco played the World Team in the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game as a member of the Diamondbacks’ farm system. (Kelly O’Connor)

The super-utility Ciriaco has played second base, shortstop, and third base for Pawtucket while hitting .301 over 64 games. Earlier this year, the 26-year-old experienced a career best 16-game hitting streak and has been the PawSox leadoff hitter for much of the season.

“He’s picked us up big time,” PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said of Ciriaco. “He’s really had a fabulous year and is a lot of fun to watch play. He can beat you in a lot of ways, and he’s a great kid and works hard everyday.”

Ciriaco has spent parts of the last two seasons in the Big Leagues with Pittsburgh and made his Major League debut on September 8, 2010 against Atlanta. That day he went 1-for-1 as a pinch-hitter and, interestingly enough, played with Justin Thomas, Argenis Diaz, and Brandon Moss - all former Red Sox farmhands.

In 31 Major League games, Ciriaco has hit .333 (10-for-33) with three doubles, two triples, and seven runs batted in.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Gomez Called Up, Gets First Big League Start

If such an award existed, Mauro Gomez would have a strong case for PawSox mid-season MVP. Among International League batters, he ranks second in average (.311), is tied for third in homers (19), is third in RBI (55), leads in extra-base hits (46), is tied for first in doubles (26), and is second in total bases (172).

Yesterday afternoon the first-year Red Sox farmhand received the good news that he had been called up to Boston for the second time this year. Not only is he now with the Red Sox, tonight in Oakland he will make his first Big League start, playing third base.

Yes, third base.

Gomez made his Major League debut on May 13 of this year at Fenway Park against Cleveland. Overall, he appeared in two games finishing 0-for-2. (Kelly O’Connor)

A position he hasn’t played since 2009 when he was a member of the Rangers’ High-A Bakersfield club, Gomez gets the start because of soreness in Dustin Pedroia’s right thumb. With Pedroia out of the lineup tonight, and Will Middlebrooks struggling with a hamstring injury, Nick Punto will start at second base, Gomez at third.

Once he finds someone’s glove to borrow, this should be a July 4th worth remembering for Gomez.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

My guess is Gomez looked something like this when he found out that he’d be going back to the Major Leagues. (Kelly O’Connor)

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