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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.
Instead of making his second start of the year for the PawSox Thursday night, knuckleballer Steven Wright found himself on the disabled list with shoulder tightness.
Wright, acquired by the Red Sox at the deadline from Cleveland for former PawSox first baseman Lars Anderson, looked solid in his first start for Pawtucket. The 27-year-old allowed two runs on five hits over five innings on August 11 at Rochester.
“He did a nice job,” said PawSox manager, Arnie Beyeler. “His knuckleball was a little firmer than most that you’re used to seeing. He pounded the zone, had some good stuff, and I was real excited with what we saw.”
Wright, who was college teammates at Hawaii with current PawSox utility-man Jon Hee, made one start with Double-A Portland before being assigned to Pawtucket. With the Sea Dogs, the right-hander allowed just one run on five hits over six innings.
With Wright on the disabled list, Tony Pena Jr. (ankle) was activated Thursday night and tossed three and two-thirds innings in the start for a no-decision.
Since it’s [insert day of the week here], that must mean the PawSox have some roster moves.
- Clayton Mortensen has been recalled to Boston for the fourth time.
- RHP Tony Pena Jr. has been placed on the seven-day disabled list (retro to August 6) with a left ankle sprain.
- RHP Steven Wright, acquired in the Lars Anderson deal with Cleveland, has been called-up from Double-A Portland.
- Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey has joined the PawSox as he continues a 30-day rehab assignment (thumb).
The Red Sox have to be pleased with what they’ve seen from Clayton Mortensen this year. In his two stints with Boston, the right-hander has put together a 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20.0 IP) over eight appearances while walking just two and striking out 15.
Following five innings of long relief in Oakland because Daisuke Matsuzaka experienced neck stiffness, Mortensen was optioned back to Pawtucket to make room for recently promoted Justin Germano.
“I thought I went up and did what they asked me to do,” Mortensen said about his recent time with the Red Sox. “It was nice to get back there and reiterate that I can help the team out when needed. I’ve been happy with the way I’ve thrown the ball up there.”
While his numbers with the PawSox have been solid (4-2, 2.39 ERA with 12 walks and 24 strikeouts), Mortensen has appeared locked-in during his two trips to the Big Leagues this season. A familiar stage, the righty has appeared in the Majors in each of the last four seasons with St. Louis, Oakland, Colorado, and now Boston.
“I think up there you seem to dial it in a litte more and throw each pitch with more conviction because there is more riding on the line,” Mortensen explained. “You really try to emphasize location and mixing [your pitches] and being able to get some bad contact.”
“The one thing down in Triple-A you always have to remember is that it doesn’t matter if you’re down here or up there, you have to attack with the same mentality. You don’t want to go up [to the Major Leagues], get your number called, and then all of a sudden change your mindset of how you’re approaching hitters.”
In his first year with the Red Sox, Mortensen has noticed something he never experienced with his previous Major League teams.
“When you have ‘Red Sox’ across your chest, you’re one of the big teams in the league. Everyone gets up to play Boston and you know that you’re going to see the other team’s very best. It’s a great feeling because if you play well, you know that you had success against another team at its best.”
Mortensen rejoins a PawSox club that aims for its 50th win of the season tonight in Rochester. Televised on NESN, Tony Pena Jr. (9-6, 6.23) will be opposed by Jeff Manship (4-1, 2.79). On the radio side of things, pre-game coverage begins at 5:50, first pitch is set for 6:05.
Talk with you then.
It might only be the final day of June, but this weekend series in Allentown, Pa. against the IronPigs will have a slight playoff feel. As a result of last night’s loss to the Knights, and the ‘Pigs extra-inning win against Rochester, Lehigh Valley now holds the top spot in the North.
The PawSox went 1-7 on the recent homestand – their worst homestand since July 9-19, 2009 when they also went 1-7 versus Buffalo (0-2), Syracuse (0-2), and Indianapolis (1-3). Today is the first time since May 4 that Pawtucket is not in first place in the North standings.
- If you think the PawSox slump has been rough, the Gwinnett Braves have lost 14 games in a row. When they split a four-game series at McCoy earlier this month, they were 2.5 games behind first place Charlotte. Now they’re 10 games back and in last place in the South. The Braves are 5-24 this month.
- Don’t sleep on Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Syracuse. The Yankees are now just one game behind the PawSox, while the Chiefs are 2.5 back. Syracuse is an impressive 18-10 this month – the best June winning percentage in the league.
- For the second time this year, the PawSox have hit 30 homers in a month. Columbus, who hit 31 bombs in May, is the only I.L. team to hit over 30 homers in a single month. The PawSox lead the circuit with 87 home runs, two more than the Clippers.
Justin Germano, a 2012 International League All-Star, starts tonight against the IronPigs. Tomorrow, in a day-night doubleheader, the PawSox send Tony Pena Jr. in game one, followed by Billy Buckner in game two. The twinbill makes up for a rainout here at Coca-Cola Park in June 4.
First pitch tonight is set for 6:35, we hit the air at 6:20. Talk with you then.
Although the PawSox have dropped the first two games here in downtown Toledo, I’m sure many of you might be interested in knowing what the guys are up to day-in and day-out. With that in mind, what better way to get to know the PawSox than by following them on Twitter? Of the club’s 25 players, here are the socialites chatting on Twitter.
Daniel Nava (@dnavs33): One of the nicest guys in all of baseball, Daniel has over 7,000 followers.
Justin Germano (@JustGerm): With over 1,000 tweets, Justin is one of the most active PawSox players on Twitter.
Will Middlebrooks (@16WMBrooks): Yeah, yeah, I know. Will is with Boston now, but come on!
Tony Thomas (@GoldGlover2B): Not only is Tony active on Twitter, but he posts plenty of pictures.
Alex Hassan (@AEHassan27): A Milton, Ma. native, Alex is a must-follow for all New England Red Sox fans.
Let me know if I missed anyone, and be sure to give these guys a follow. By the way, the PawSox Twitter account (@PawSox) is approaching 10,100 followers.
Pawtucket has dropped six of its last seven games and looks to turn things around with Tony Pena Jr. making his first start of the year tonight. First pitch in Game 3 of the series is set for 6:30, we hit the air at 6:15
Talk with you then.
The Red Sox today announced that they have reassigned four players to minor league camp and have optioned another four players to minor league camp.
Outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin and third baseman Will Middlebrooks were optioned to Pawtucket, while left-handed pitcher Drake Britton and second baseman Oscar Tejeda were optioned to Double-A Portland. In order for a player to be “optioned” they must be a member of the club’s 40-man roster. Although these players will be participating in minor league camp, they can still be called on to play in a “big league” Spring Training game if needed.
The players “reassigned” are right-handed pitchers Tony Pena Jr., Chorye Spoone, and Alex Wilson, along with outfielder Juan Carlos Linares.
With today’s moves, the Red Sox now have 56 players in Big League Camp, including 36 players from the 40-man roster, two players on 60-day disabled list and 18 non-roster invitees.
On a separate note, congrats to my predecessor Dan Hoard, the “Voice of the Cincinnati Bearcats.” The ‘Cats downed No. 11 Texas earlier this afternoon to move on to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Dan will now get to call Cincinnati’s game against the winner of the (3) Florida State vs. (14) St. Bonaventure game. Although I’m rooting for Dan, I have FSU moving on to the Sweet 16 in my bracket. So far I’ve been wrong on VCU, UConn, San Diego St., and Harvard.
I’ll be leaving this Sunday for Spring Training in Ft. Myers and will be there for a week. You can follow me on twitter for updates throughout each day while I’m soaking up the sun and trying to get an interview from anyone who looks important. Of course, I’ll have plenty of updates posted here.
Can’t wait to get there … Talk with you then.