MAY 7th PAWTUCKET (18-13) at GWINNETT (12-20) 6:05 pm
Pawtucket Red Sox RHP Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 0.00) vs. Gwinnett Braves LHP Daniel Rodriguez (1-2, 7.48)
Trying to Keep The Streaks Going – The Pawtucket Red Sox – who have won 7 straight games at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA dating back to the 2011 season – look to keep that streak alive and send the Gwinnett Braves to their 10th loss in a row when they play the second game of their 4-game series tonight at 6:05 pm. The PawSox won the series opener last night, 5-1 to extend their Coolray winning streak to 7-games (the final two in 2011, all four last year, and the first game this season). In the process Gwinnett lost their 9th consecutive game overall including 5 straight on their current homestand.
Special Night For Boston In Georgia – The Pawtucket Red Sox thank the Gwinnett Braves organization for hosting “Boston Strong Night” at Coolray Field this evening. The Braves will donate $5 from every ticket sold via the online link gwinnettbraves.com/boston using the promo code STRONG to OneFundBoston.org, benefitting the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Furthermore, Atlanta Falcons and former Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan, former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and former Boston Celtics guard Dee Brown will all be guests of the Gwinnett Braves and will all throw out ceremonial first pitches. The Braves will also hold a Silent Auction that will be at the heart of the fundraising efforts. All players and coaches from both Gwinnett and Pawtucket will wear special Boston Braves hats and will sign them after the game. Each hat will be available in the auction, with all proceeds going to OneFundBoston.org. In addition to the approximately 60 Boston Braves hats, numerous other items will be available for auction, including:
- Autographed Boston Braves hats worn by Ryan, Varitek, Harrison and Brown during their first pitches
- Lunch and a round of golf for two with Varitek at The River Country Club
- Round of golf for three with Harrison at Sugarloaf Country Club
- One-hour basketball training session with Brown
- Varitek autographed bat and baseball, Ryan autographed football, Harrison autographed football, Brown autographed basketball
- Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia autographed baseball and Red Sox DH David Ortiz autographed baseball
Nice to be Back - The PawSox were last at Coolray Field a little less than eight months ago and it proved to be a most pleasant visit as the Sox swept that 4-game set from the Braves last August 27-30 during the final full week of the regular-season. Those four key wins came by scores of 3-1, 9-4, and a doubleheader sweep 1-0 and 3-2 and were largely instrumental in earning the PawSox the IL wild card berth which eventually led to their 2012 Governors’ Cup Championship.
This Series and Roadtrip – Pawtucket went 6-2 on their roadtrip to Charlotte and Gwinnett last August 23-30. The PawSox will reverse that order during this trip – playing four in Gwinnett followed by four in Charlotte during this 8-game sojourn. The Sox and Braves play tonight and tomorrow night both at 6:05 pm and the series finale on Thursday morning at 10:35 am. Pawtucket then heads to Charlotte to face the Knights for a 4-game wrap-around weekend series – Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm, Sunday at 2:15 pm, and next Monday at 7:15 pm. The PawSox return home to McCoy Stadium one week from tonight for the start of an 8-game homestand (May 14-21) that will feature four more games vs. these Gwinnett Braves followed by a 4-game series against Indianapolis.
Series Business – Pawtucket – up 1-0 in this 4-game set at Gwinnett – is 2-2-4 in their first eight series of the season (two series wins, two series losses, and four series splits). Pawtucket has gone 5-3 and 4-4 on their first two homestands of the year. They went 5-1 and 3-5 on their first two roadtrips and 1-0 on this 8-game trip thus far.
Night Shift – The PawSox are 12-4 in night games compared to 6-9 in day games. Half of the first 30 PawSox games this season had been day games and the other half night games. That trend is changing now that the first month or so of the schedule is complete. From May 6 on, only 22 of Pawtucket’s final 114 games this season will be considered day games (and that includes a handful of 5:00 pm road starts which technically are considered day games).
Running in Place – The PawSox and Buffalo are now tied for the International League lead in Runs Scored with 161. The Bisons are 1st in HR (32) while the Sox are 2nd (29).
Repeat After Me – The PawSox began the season with a 4-game winning streak (April 4-7) and quickly followed that up with a season-high 5-game winning streak (April 9-14). After that, they were not been able to win back-to-back games at any point from April 15-30. The Sox did win their first two games in May (May 2 & 3). The good news is the PawSox have not lost more than two in a row all season. Pawtucket has had just four 2-game losing skids thus far (April 15 & 16, April 18 & 20, April 25 & 26, and on May 4 & 5).
May Underway – Pawtucket is 3-2 in May. The pitching has been excellent in the early going this month as Sox hurlers are 3-2 with a 1.20 ERA in May (6 ER in 45 IP). PawSox batters are hitting just .235 in May however (36-for-153). They are scheduled to play 29 games this month. Last year the PawSox had their winningest month of the season in May going 18-12. The PawSox finished April with yet another winning month (15-11) as they have now had just two losing months in their last 12 full months (13-15 in May of 2011 and 13-15 in June of 2012). They have had 9 winning (full) months and one .500 month in their last 12 months of action dating back to August 2010.