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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.
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.
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.
It was on July 7 vs. the Yankees where, in primetime, Pedro Ciriaco had his coming out party.
Just as the PawSox were checking into their hotel Sunday night in Rochester prior to a series against the Yankees’ Triple-A club, Ciriaco came through again for the Red Sox against their biggest rivals.
A tenth inning bloop RBI single by Ciriaco propelled the Red Sox Sunday night to a 3-2 win at Yankee Stadium, and a series win.
In five games against New York this year, Ciriaco is batting .500 (11-for-22) with six runs batted in, two doubles, and a triple. In the Red Sox latest two wins against the Yankees, it was Ciriaco who hit the go-ahead RBI in the ninth and tenth innings to secure the win.
For all the struggles the Red Sox have had this year, #77 has made for some fun times.
Taken 62nd overall in the 2007 Draft by the Boston Red Sox, Ryan Dent is now a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The 23-year-old has spent the majority of his professional career at second base, but has also seen significant time at shortstop, with a handfull of games at third base and also the outfield.
The move comes after PawSox shortstop Jose Iglesias fouled a pitch off the inside of his left knee Friday night at McCoy Stadium. Although Iglesias finished the at-bat, he was later taken out of the game resulting in catcher Mike Rivera playing third base for just the third time in his 15 year career.
With Tony Thomas on the disabled list (finger), Andy LaRoche recently dealing with a minor lower back injury, and Pedro Ciriaco thriving in Boston, Pawtucket could use some infield depth. It is worth noting, however, both LaRoche and Iglesias are in the lineup tonight.
In 54 games this season with Double-A Portland, Dent hit .241 with two home runs and 13 runs batted in.
To make room for Dent on the Pawtucket roster, outfielder Ronald Bermudez has been transferred to Portland. The 24-year-old unfortunately spent more time on he disabled list (hamstring) than he did on the field with the PawSox. In 10 games with Pawtucket, Bermudez went hit .190 (4-for-21).
“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.
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
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.
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.
The PawSox join the Charlotte Knights (White Sox) as the only two teams in the International League to send four players this this year’s Triple-A All-Star game held on July 11 in Buffalo.
Of the four Pawtucket All-Stars, three played for a different parent club last season (Gomez, Braves; Ciriaco, Pirates; Germano, Indians/Korea).
Ryan Lavarnway: The PawSox catcher is hitting over .400 this month and is showing why he might very well be the best catcher in the league. Currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, the Yale product is catching everyday for the first time in his pro career.
Mauro Gomez: A mid-season All-Star year season with Gwinnett, Gomez has been the pop in the PawSox lineup since Opening Day. He ranks among the league-leaders in virtually every offensive category and has been an extra-base machine with 41 of his 76 hits going for extras.
Pedro Ciriaco: As manager Arnie Beyeler once said, Ciriaco is the guy who gets the PawSox offense going. Coming off a career-best 16-game hit streak, not only has he been a consistent hitter, he was able to slide over to shortstop when Jose Iglesias landed on the DL (back).
Justin Germano: The PawSox ace, Germano ranks 5th in the league with a 2.60 ERA and is third in the I.L. with a 0.94 WHIP. This month he’s 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA.
The fifth member of the PawSox making the trip to Buffalo is Arnie Beyler. The second-year skipper will also be coaching for the World Team at this year’s XM All-Stars Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8.
Click here for the complete 2012 International League All-Star roster.