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4/30 MiLB Gameday: The Brotherhood of the Community Pants
Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:31 AM
IL: Pawtucket (Brandon Duckworth) @ Columbus (David Huff) [6:35pm]
EL: Portland (Billy Buckner) vs. Trenton (Graham Stoneburner) [6:05pm]
CL: Salem (Drake Britton) @ Wilmington (Greg Brillo) [6:35pm]
SAL: Greenville (Henry Owens) @ Lakewood (Kenneth Giles) [6:35pm]
NYPL: Lowell - Season Begins June 18th.
GCL GCL Sox - Season Begins June 18th.
DSL DSL Sox - Season Begins June 2nd.
Pawsox have lost 4 straight after winning 9 consecutive.
Heiker Meneses to the DL. Kolbrin Vitek (Sore Back - HBP on Saturday) and Bryce Brentz (Sore Heal) are Day-to-Day.
Billy Buckner has a career minor league record of 1 game under .500.
Salem has won 5 straight games. The starting pitchers have one thing in common... they have all wore the same exact pair of pants. The tradition will have to start anew tonight... as they are on the road.
Matt Barnes promoted to Salem.
Xander Bogaerts has a 17 game On-Base Streak.
Pawsox: Providence Journal, Pawtucket Times
Seadogs: Portland Press Herald
Salem: Roanoke Times
Greenville: Greenville Online
Lowell: Lowell Sun
Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:43 PM
Drake Britton wore his own pants during a 1-2-3 first inning on Wednesday, but when he was readjusting his tucked-in jersey in the dugout, his zipper broke. Frantically, he raced into the Red Sox clubhouse to find a replacement, and since Brandon Workman was charting the game in the stands wearing street clothes, his white baseball pants were available.
The next night, after Britton had earned his first win of the season the previous day, Miguel Celestino took Workman’s pants to the mound and tossed six superb innings. Wearing his own trousers, Workman dealt six scoreless on Friday, a performance that earned him Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honors.
On Saturday, Ryan Pressly was ready to go in his own pants, but Workman forced him to change right before he took the field. Pressly obliged and enjoyed his finest start of the year. Keith Couch had no chance but to continue the community pants sharing experiment on Sunday, and they worked like a charm again.
Five days. 29.1 innings. 16 hits. Three earned runs. Five wins. One pair of white pants.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:28 PM
"The rose goes in the front, big guy"
Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:36 PM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:06 PM
3.0 ip, 7 k
3.2 ip, 7 k
4.0 ip, 8 k
3.2 ip, 7 k
4.0 ip, 7 k (so far, possibly done)
Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:24 PM
Brandon Duckworth went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits (3 HRs), 3 walks and a WP; striking out 5. Justin Thomas went 1 2/3 perfect innings, striking out 2. Mark Melancon faced one batter and got an out. Garrett Mock went 2 innings, walking one and striking out 2.
Pedro Ciriaco went 3/5 with a double and a PO/CS. Che-Hsuan Lin went 2/3 with a walk. Jose Iglesias went 2/4. Josh Kroeger went 1/3 with a double and a walk. Mauro Gomez, Daniel Nava and Tony Thomas each went 1/4; Nava with a double, Gomez with a HR. Nate Spears went 0/3 with an intentional walk. Ryan Lavarnway went 0/3 with a SF.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:28 PM
Matt Barnes promoted to Salem.
I actually shied away from clicking the game link today as I assumed he was getting promoted.
I hate y'all when you are right.
The Salem rotation is going to be nuts.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:39 PM
Billy Buckner went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits, a walk, a HBP and a WP; striking out 5. Aaron Kurcz went an inning, allowing an unearned run on a hit and a walk; striking out one. Will Latimer went 2 innings, allowing a hit and striking out 2. Eammon Portice pitched the 9th, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits (2 HRs).
Kolbrin Vitek, Juan Carlos Linares and Dan Butler each went 2/4; Butler with a double, Vitek with a HR. Reynaldo Rodriguez and Oscar Tejeda each went 1/4 with a double. Ryan Dent went 0/3 with a sacrifice. Jeremy Hazelbaker went 0/4 with a sacrifice. Ronald Bermudez went 0/4. Derrik Gibson went 0/5.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:06 PM
Henry Owens went 4 innings, giving up a hit and 3 walks; striking out 7. Yeiper Castillo went 5 innings, giving up 2 hits, a HBP and a walk; striking out 7.
Boss Moanaroa went 2/4 with a walk. Keury de la Cruz went 2/4 with a HBP and a SB. Jose Vinicio went 2/5 with a SB. Garin Cecchini went 2/5 with a double and a SB. Jordan Weem went 1/4 with a HBP and a SB. Blake Swihart went 1/6. Bryan Johns went 0/3 with 3 walks. Lucas LeBlanc went 0/3 with a walk and a HBP. Henry Ramos went 0/4 with a walk.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:07 PM
Drake Britton went 2 innings, allowing 4 runs on 2 hits, a HBP and 6 walks. Pete Ruiz went an inning, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, a WP and a walk; striking out 2. Jeremiah Bayer went 3 1/3 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits; striking out 6. Michael Olmsted went 1 2/3 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 2.
Brandon Jacobs and Xander Bogaerts each went 2/5; Jacobs with 2 doubles. Sean Coyle went 1/3 with a double, walk, HBP and SB. Shannon Wilkerson and James Kang each went 1/4; Kang with a triple, Wilkerson with 2 SBs. Jackie Bradley went 1/5. Travis Shaw went 0/2 with 3 walks. Christian Vazquez went 0/2 with 2 walks. Drew Hedman went 0/4.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 10:28 AM
For Aaron Cook and the Red Sox, D-Day – as in Decision Day – is at hand.
With Tuesday marking May 1, the day in which Cook’s minor-league opt-out clause officially takes effect, Boston must decide whether to promote the veteran pitcher and place him on the active roster or risk losing him to free agency. Reached Monday night, Joe Bick, the agent for Cook, spelled out a step-by-step process that included all involved parties.
“The way it reads is that if he isn’t called up by May 1, then we make the decision we have to make, and they have 48 hours to respond,” Bick stated. “Once we make a decision, it’s completely in their hands. There’s really nothing for us to do beyond deal with what their response is.”
Earlier Monday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was asked if the organization was close to making a decision on Cook, presently 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA for the Pawtucket Red Sox in five starts. Valentine noted that he talked with general manager Ben Cherington about finding the 33-year-old a role on the team that signed him to a deal in January, though no final decisions have made.
“Everyone’s opinion has been shared,” Valentine said.
With no apparent openings in Boston’s starting rotation, the logical place for Cook seems to be in the bullpen. To that end, Valentine admits that it would be “challenging” to ask a longtime starting pitcher to make the switch to relief. Predominantly a starter during his 10-year MLB career with Colorado, Cook has made just one major-league relief appearance since the start of the 2003 season. That took place last season.
The Pawtucket Red Sox snapped a 4-4 tie and a four game losing streak on Monday night in Columbus Ohio, topping the Clippers, 6-4. Josh Kroeger hit a one out double in the ninth, and scored on a two bagger Daniel Nava. Nava later scored an insurance run on a base hit by Che-Hsuan Lin.
Brandon Duckworth allowed the 4 runs in 5 innings. He allowed a season-high, three homers. Justin Thomas, Mark Melancon and Garrett Mock combined for four hitless, scoreless innings of relief.
The PawSox scored first, in the second inning, as Mauro Gomez belted a home run over the left field wall. Gomez is tied for second in the I.L. with 8 homers. Columbus answered in the bottom of the inning with a pair of home runs by Matt LaPorta and Beau Mills. Pawtucket tied it at 3-3 in the third. Che-Hsuan Lin scored on a wild pitch and Tony Thomas scored on a Pedro Ciriaco single. That lead lasted briefly, as LaPorta blasted his second homer of the game in the third. Pawtucket knotted it at 4-4 in the sixth. Ryan Lavarnway had a sacrifice fly that plated Ciriaco. The score remained tied until the PawSox' ninth inning heroics.
Trenton totaled 14 hits in a 6-3 win over Portland on a chilly night at Hadlock Field.
It was 48 degrees at game time, which is why the Yankees changed their mind about having the 39-year-old Pettitte make a start in Maine. Instead of pitching for Trenton -- the Yankees' Double-A affiliate -- Pettitte pitched in Tampa, Fla., in an extended spring training game.
There, Pettitte gave up 10 hits and six runs -- five earned -- in 52/3 innings -- in 90-degree weather.
Here, five Trenton pitchers contained the Sea Dogs to eight hits.
Portland plugged away, falling behind three times and tying the game three times.
But the Thunder pounded reliever Eammon Portice (0-1) for three runs on two homers (Ronnier Mustelier and Melky Mesa) in the ninth.
"Our offense battled back, chipped away and tried to get back into it," said Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles.
Boles did not see the whole game because he was ejected in the sixth inning, intervening for Oscar Tejeda, who stayed in the batter's box after taking a generous third-strike call.
Boles listened on the radio as the Sea Dogs dropped to 7-18 -- the worst April record in franchise history.
With four months left in the season, what can this team do?
"You keep working," Boles said. "You have to stay upbeat and positive. The guys put in a good effort every day. It's just one of those things. You have to grind your way out of it."
A five-run third inning put Wilmington up for good against the Red Sox in a game won by the Blue Rocks 8-3 on Monday night.
Salem, which had at least one base runner in every inning, managed to score in only one inning - Brandon Jacobs hit an RBI double in the top of the third, and that was followed by a two-run single by Xander Bogaerts.
However, Salem starter Drake Britton struggled throughout his two-plus innings of work, giving up two hits and six walks and not striking out a single Blue Rock.
Jacobs finished with two doubles for the Red Sox, who closed out April with a 12-10 mark.
James Kang hit a triple.
Long NIGHT: The 3-hour, 34-minute contest was the longest of the season for the Red Sox. That followed the lengthy bus ride the Sox had to take from Salem to Wilmington.
On the same day Greenville lost its best pitcher, the Drive showed there was plenty of pitching still left Monday night.
After Boston’s 2011 first-round draft pick Matt Barnes was promoted to advanced Class A Salem, Henry Owens and Yeiper Castillo combined on a three-hit shutout as Greenville defeated the Lakewood BlueClaws 7-0 at FirstEnergy Park.
Owens started and allowed one hit and three walks in four innings, while striking out seven. Castillo (2-0) gave up two hits and one walk in five innings of relief. He also had seven strikeouts to help the Drive snap a four-game losing streak.
While not going more than four innings in any of his five starts this year, Owens has recorded at least seven strikeouts in each one.
As a team, Greenville has a South Atlantic League-leading 247 strikeouts in 2091/3 innings this season.
Keury De La Cruz led the Drive offensively Monday, as the leftfielder had two hits and three RBIs. He staked Greenville to a 2-0 lead in the first with a two-run single.