MAY 30th LOUISVILLE (24-24) at PAWTUCKET (25-24) 6:05 pm
Louisville Bats LHP David Holmberg (3-3, 5.13) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox LHP Henry Owens (2-3, 2.98)
Turning 50 – The Pawtucket Red Sox play Game #50 of the season tonight when they play the middle game of their 3-game weekend series against the Louisville Bats at 6:05 pm at McCoy Stadium. The PawSox went back over the .500 mark on the season and sent the Bats back to the .500 level with an exquisitely played (2 hour & 7 minute), 1-0 victory last night behind 6 perfect innings from starter and winner Brian Johnson. Pawtucket is 25-24 this season – last year they were 25-25 after 50 games (on May 24) and were in 6th-place, -2½ GB at that point.
Masterson to the Mound Tomorrow – Boston Red Sox RHP Justin Masterson is slated to make an injury rehab start for the PawSox tomorrow afternoon at McCoy. Masterson, 30, was placed on Boston’s disabled list on May 13 with right shoulder tendinitis. He has made 7 starts for the Red Sox this season going 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA – 35.1 IP, 40 H, 25 R, 25 ER, 19 BB, 24 SO. He was 2-0 with a 4.71 ERA after a solid outing vs. New York on May 1 (2 R in 6 IP) but he lost back-to-back starts on May 6 vs. Tampa Bay and May 12 in Oakland (allowing 10 runs in 6.2 innings combined) prior to being placed on the DL. Justin was signed by the Red Sox as a free agent this past December after spending most of last season with Cleveland (4-6, 5.51 in 19 starts) before being traded to St. Louis on July 30 and going 3-3 with a 7.04 ERA in 9 games (6 starts) for the Cardinals the remainder of the year. Masterson pitched for Pawtucket briefly during the 2008 season making 3 relief appearances and 1 start (1-0, 2.89). For most of 2008 he was in Boston for his first season in the big leagues posting a 6-5 record with a 3.16 ERA in 36 games (9 starts). He has been in the Majors almost exclusively from 2008-2014 except for a 2-game injury rehab stint with Columbus last July (recovering from right knee inflammation)
Turn the Beat Around – The PawSox snapped their season-high 5-game losing streak with their 1-0 victory last night and also ended their 6-game home losing streak as well. The 5-game losing skid was their longest since last August 5 and August 15-18 when they also lost 5 in a row. 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. Tonight they try to win back-to-back games for the first time since May 18 & 19 at Indianapolis and win two in a row at home for the first time since May 11 & 12 vs. Indy.
This Homestand – Pawtucket’s 6-game homestand (1-3 thus far) continues tonight at 6:05 pm and concludes tomorrow at 1:05 pm in the series and homestand finale. The PawSox went 5-2 on their first homestand, 4-3 on their next homestand, and 3-4 on their last homestand. This 6-game stand will be followed by two more 7-game homestands in June (June 8-14 and June 22-28) before the PawSox break from that pattern with shorter homestands in July.
The Road Ahead – The PawSox head to Moosic, PA immediately after tomorrow afternoon’s game in preparation for a 7-game roadtrip that begins Monday night with a return engagement against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Sox will face the RailRiders, who swept a 3-game series in Pawtucket earlier this week, for three games on Monday and Tuesday nights at 6:35 pm and Wednesday afternoon at 12:05 pm. Their tour of IL North cities will continue on Thursday with the opener of a 2-game set in Rochester (the Thursday night game at 7:05 pm will be televised on NESN once the Red Sox Post-Game show is over). The PawSox will spend next weekend in Syracuse for games on Saturday at 7:05 pm and Sunday at 1:05 pm vs. the Chiefs before returning home for a 7-game homestand from June 8-14 (three vs. Charlotte and four vs. Toledo).