PawSox Move Within Half Game Of First Place
Don't Look Now, But Just a Half Game Out
Despite mounting injuries (Ryan Kalish, J.C. Linares, Yamaico Navarro) and Major League callups (Jose Iglesias, Rich Hill, Alfredo Aceves), the battered and bruised PawSox beat Scranton on Sunday afternoon in Pennsylvania, 5-4. The Sox claimed three of four from the first place Yankees and as a result, Pawtucket is just a half game out of first in the North Division. Pawtucket got some help from some unlikely sources.
21 year old Dennis Neuman, promoted on Sunday from Single A (Greenville) worked the eighth and ninth innings to get the save in his Triple A debut. Matt Sheely, just off the disabled list scored the winning run after he was hit by a pitch, stole second and came home on a single by Daniel Nava in the seventh. It was Sheely's first start of 2011. Brandon Duckworth (4-1) was the winner, going 6 innings for Pawtucket.
Josh Reddick had an RBI single in the first. Nate Spears chipped in with a 2 run single in the fourth and Lars Anderson knocked in a run with a ground ball in the sixth. Drew Sutton was the only PawSox player with 2 hits.
The PawSox (17-13) take a modest two game winning streak back Rhode Island to begin an 8 game homestand. Gwinnett makes its' first appearance on Monday night at 6:15 p.m.Jacob Thompson (1-2, 5.45) pitches for the Braves. He'll face lefty Felix Doubront (0-0, 1.93).