MAY 29th LOUISVILLE (24-23) at PAWTUCKET (24-24) 7:05 pm
Louisville Bats RHP Josh Smith (1-1, 4.64) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox LHP Brian Johnson (5-3, 2.92)
Let’s Start Over – The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Louisville Bats begin a 3-game weekend series tonight at 7:05 pm at McCoy Stadium as the PawSox look to go back over the .500 mark on the season and send the Bats to the .500 level. The PawSox have played 48 games in the first 50 days of the season heading into play tonight and they are 24-24 in those games including a 12-12 record both at home and on the road. Pawtucket has been above .500 all season until now. They last time they were below .500 came last July 6 (at 46-46).
Turn the Beat Around – The PawSox have currently lost a season-high 5 games in a row overall and have dropped 6 straight home games as well. The 5-game losing skid is their longest since last August 5 and August 15-18 when they also lost 5 in a row. They have not lost 6 straight since last year’s season-high 7-game losing streak from May 18-25, 2014. The PawSox lost the final three games of their last homestand from May 15-17 (all vs. Columbus) and lost the first three games of this homestand here vs. the RailRiders this week. Until now, Pawtucket had not suffered a 6-game home losing streak in almost 6 years since a 7-game McCoy losing streak from July 3-17 of the 2009 season.
Swept Away – The PawSox were swept in a 3-game series by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to begin this homestand marking only the second time this season the Sox have been swept in a series this season. Pawtucket was swept in a 3-game set at Columbus from May 8-10. Scranton/WB won, 2-0 on Monday night; 4-3 on Tuesday night; and 9-6 on Wednesday afternoon.
Rest Assured – Both Pawtucket and Louisville are coming a scheduled off-day yesterday (only the second for the PawSox since the start of the season). Pawtucket’s 6-game homestand (0-3 thus far) resumes tonight at 7:05 pm with the opener of a 3-game weekend series against the Louisville Bats. The teams will play tomorrow at 6:05 pm and then Sunday at 1:05 pm in the series and homestand finale. Pawtucket will be looking for a measure of revenge as they recently lost 3 of 4 in Louisville this past weekend.