Saturday, April 27, 2013

Paw Sox Get Pawed

The Herd "entered" Pawtucket this week, and took 3 of 4 against a quality squad to cement 1st place early in the season. (Yes, that was a rape joke). 

In other news, the Blue Jays have selected Justin Germano to continue their frustrating roller coaster of roster shuffling. Justin should be good to go today as he hasn't started since last series and should give them length if they need it.

Back to the beating the Bisons laid on the Sox this week. (Beating is probably too strong a word, but fuck it. 1st place!)

Game 1 was a nice little victory. The Sox got off to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning as Edgar Gonzalez started off rocky. He settled in and pitched 5.1, giving up 7 hits, striking out 4, and walking 1.

The offense was led by Luis Jimenez (2-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI) and Josh Thole (3-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI). In other news, #FREEJOSHTHOLE. Mauro Gomez and Jim Negrych added 2 hits also.

Game 2 was the day portion of a double header on Thursday, with the Bisons losing 8-3. The defense cost them some runs, as a Ryan Goins error helped a 8 run 6th inning for the PawSox. Dave Bush started and went 5.1, giving up 5 (2 earned) on 4 hits, while striking out 3 and walking 3.

The offense was led by Moises Sierra (2-3, 2 2B) and a scattering of hits throughout the lineup. 

Game 3 saw the Bisons record their 1st shutout of the season, blanking the Sox 4-0. Ramon Ortiz returned to the Herd to throw 5 innings, scattering 2 hits and 2 walks and striking out 4.

The hitters looking good early, getting out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st and coasting to the win, scattering 2 more single run innings in the 3rd and 4th. The hitting star of the game was Mike McCoy (2-4, HR, SB).

The final game was an 8-4 victory Friday night, with Claudio Vargas doing just enough to get the W. He threw 6 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and walking 2, while whiffing 4.

The bats came out to shine in this one, with 4 hitters having multi-hit efforts. Moises Sierra (2-4, HR), Luis Jimenez (3-4, HR), Josh Thole (2-4, 3B), and Jim Negrych (3-4, 2 2B).

The Bisons now have the top 3 sluggers in the International League. Impressive. Jim Negrych, Mauro Gomez, and Luis Jimenez are putting up PCL numbers for the Herd. It would nice to see these guys keep it up and maybe get a call-up to the Blue Jays if they continue have trouble putting offense together.

Next up for the Bisons are the Red Wings, the Twins affiliate. I'll have a preview hopefully before the end of the first game. 

Scheduled starter Justin Germano is up with the big club, so Buddy Carlyle will get the spot start, with the bullpen on early call. He will oppose Twins top prospect Kyle Gibson. Should be exciting.

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