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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

 

Pedro Ciriaco vs. the New York Yankees

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.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Ciriaco hit .301 with four homers and 21 RBI in 64 games with the PawSox this year (Associated Press).

Ryan Dent Promoted to PawSox

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.

Dent played in 16 games for Scottsdale of the Arizona Fall League in 2011 where he was managed by PawSox skipper Arnie Beyeler. (Kelly O’Connor).

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).

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Dent was ranked as the No. 46 overall prospect and the No. 21 positional player in the 2007 draft by “Baseball America.” (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

PawSox Send Four to Triple-A All-Star Game

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.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Inside the PawSox Season-Long Streak

Virtually all of the streaks set this year by the PawSox have been ones we’ve enjoyed talking about. From nine wins in a row, to Pedro Ciriaco’s 16-game hitting streak, and Che-Hsuan Lin’s 22-game on-base streak, there have been plenty of positives this season for the PawSox.

With that in mind, it makes the  club’s current season-long five-game losing streak feel wildly out of place. Here are the culprits:

  • In four of the last five games, the PawSox have blown all four save opportunities.
  • The usually trustworthy bullpen has surrendered 17 earned runs over 20 1/3 innings pitched for a lofty 7.53 ERA.
  • Prior to this current losing streak, the Pawtucket ‘pen had an impressive 2.77 ERA (72 ER/233.2 IP).
  • The last five games have all been close. In fact, three of the PawSox last four losses have been by one run, with two coming in extra innings.

Pedro Ciriaco’s career-best 16-game hitting streak came to an end Friday night against Louisville. It was the longest hitting streak this year for the PawSox, and the second-longest in the International League. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Offensively, getting hits hasn’t been a problem for the PawSox. Getting hits with runners in scoring position is another story.
  • Despite registering at least 10 hits in all but one of the last five games, the club is batting .157 with runners in scoring position during the current skid (8-for 51).
  • Overall this month, the PawSox are batting .290 (second only to Durham’s  at .295), and for the season lead the International League with a .274 average.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Cape League Gets Going, So Does Ciriaco

Although it seems like forever ago, I’m not all that far removed from my summer on the Cape broadcasting games for the Bourne Braves in 2008. Last night, the Cape Cod Baseball League kicked off yet another season that promises to be a success.

When you really think about it, the Cape League might be the best blend of talent plus love for the game on display anywhere in the country. Every young hopeful is playing for free in hopes of either being discovered or further increasing their stock.

Partially funded by Major League Baseball, the Cape League has produced such stars as Jeff Bagwell, Jacoby Ellsbury, Normar Garciaparra, Tim Lincecum, Frank Tomas, Evan Longoria, Buster Posey, Kevin Youkillis, and hundreds more.

As you keep up the with PawSox this summer, you might want to spend a couple of minutes each week checking in on what’s happening along the Cape. You never know who might be the next star to make a name for himself.

PawSox Notebook:

  • Impressive work last night by Doug Mathis, Daniel Bard, and Garrett Mock. The trio of right-handers held the Bisons scoreless over nine innings and combined to allow a mere four hits. It marked the sixth shutout win of the season for Pawtucket.
  • Despite walking the first man he faced, Bard saw the minimum over two innings and struck out the final four batters – one looking. Last night marked Bard’s first outing without allowing a run, and pitching more than one inning.
  • Pedro Ciriaco is now riding a 10-game hitting streak (13-for-45), and is nearing his club-best streak of 12 games he set in May.
  • Although we have not received official word confirming the move, RedSox.com is reporting that outfielder Cody Ross “plans on starting a Minor League rehab assignment on Friday for Triple-A Pawtucket.” Ross fractured a bone in his left foot when batting.
  • Former PawSox pitcher, and current Red Sox reliever, Andrew Miller, is part of the Cape League’s 13th Hall of Fame class, scheduled for induction on November 10 at the Chatham Bars Inn. Miller pitched for Chatham and posted a 2-0 record with a 2.03 ERA in 2004 and a 6-0 mark with a 1.65 ERA in ’05. That year, Miller was named the league’s outstanding pro prospect, co-pitcher of the year, and college summer baseball’s player of the year.

The PawSox and Bisons continue their series tonight from Buffalo with righty Justin Germano (7-3, 2.56) getting the start for Pawtucket. Coming off a nine-inning complete game shutout, Germano will be opposed by right-hander Dylan Owen (3-3, 5.19).

First pitch tonight from Coca-Cola Field is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Miller has spent parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues, the last two with Boston, after being drafted sixth overall in 2006 by Detroit. (Kelly O’Connor)

Alex Hassan Enjoying June

After a month of May that saw him hit .230 (20-for-87) with 12 runs batted in over 26 games, Alex Hassan has been surging through his first seven games of June. He has a team-leading 9 RBI this month and last night had his first four-hit game of the year.

Hassan, who has played in 53 games this season, has notched 11 of his 32 RBI over his last nine starts.   Currently riding a five-game hitting streak (9-for-22), the PawSox outfielder is batting .393 (11-for-28) this month.

Hassan, in his first Triple-A season, hit .291 last season with Double-A Portland with 13 home runs and 64 RBI. (Kelly O’Connor)

PawSox Notebook:

  • We had our second look at Daniel Bard last night, our first from the bullpen. He allowed a run on one hit over a scheduled one inning of work while striking out two. The righty did not hit or walk a batter. Regarding velocity, the McCoy gun clocked him a 94 on a couple of pitches, and 95 once. He climbed up to 96 on one fastball that nearly hit the batter.
  • Pedro Ciriaco’s ninth-inning double last night extended his hitting streak to nine games (10-for-37). The PawSox infielder already owns a team-best 12-game hitting streak that spanned from April 28 – May 14 (20-for-53, .377).
  • With last night’s 16-hit effort by PawSox batters, Pawtucket is batting a league-best .316 this month with 13 home runs.
  • There are a number of hitters leading the club’s offensive charge in June. Ryan Kalish is batting .500 (12-for-24) in his first six games, while Ryan Lavarnway is hitting .400 (12-for-30). Lars Anderson has eight RBI in nine games this month while batting .367 (11-for-30). Then there’s Hassan who, as mentioned above, is hitting .393 in June.
  • After hitting just .218 (17-for-78) in 21 games in May, Mauro Gomez is crushing the ball this month. He has three-straight two-hit efforts and is batting .351 (13-for-37) over his first nine games this month. Gomez did not play every day last month because of his first-ever Major League call-up.

Following a season-high eight strikeouts in his last start (his most since 2010), Brandon Duckworth (6-1, 4.22) starts in the series finale for the PawSox tonight against Gwinnett. All three times this season Duck has lasted six or more innings, he’s turned in a quality start. The right-hander will be opposed by righty Kris Medlen (0-1, 4.91).

First pitch tonight from McCoy is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Not only has Pedro Ciriaco been a solid lead-off hitter for the PawSox, but his defensive versatility has allowed him to take over at shortstop while Jose Iglesias is on the mend from lower back stiffness. (Kelly O’Connor)

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