JUNE 20th PAWTUCKET (33-35) at GWINNETT (32-34) 7:05 pm
Pawtucket Red Sox LHP Henry Owens (2-5, 3.45) vs. Gwinnett Braves RHP Cody Martin (1-2, 1.88)
PawSox Go For Two In a Row – The Pawtucket Red Sox continue the back half of their 6-game southern swing Saturday night with the second of a 3-game weekend series against the Gwinnett Braves. The PawSox – who were swept in a 3-game series in Charlotte to begin this trip – won the series opener at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA on Friday night, 7-5. The clubs play tonight at 7:05 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:05 pm in the series and roadtrip finale.
Cool Dudes – The PawSox have won 14 of their last 15 games they have played at Coolray Field dating back to the 2011 season (1-0 this year and 3-1 last season after going 4-0 in both 2013 & 2012 and winning the final two meetings in Georgia in 2011). They lost last August 12th to snap an 11-game winning streak at the ballpark. Their last loss at Coolray prior to that game had come on August 13, 2011 when they fell to the Braves, 4-2.
Lots of Braves and Red Wings – The PawSox will play only two teams for the remainder of June – Gwinnett and Rochester. Pawtucket has six games scheduled against the Braves between June 19th and June 28th. They will take on Rochester eight times from June 22nd through July 1st (including the resumption of a rain-suspended game from June 5th).
The Road Home – Pawtucket returns to McCoy Stadium this coming Monday for yet another 7-game homestand which is their second straight in June and the 5th time in 6 tries this year that they will play a 7-game homestand (the other was a 6-gamer at the end of May). After this 7-gamer the Sox will have a 2-game homestand, a 3-game homestand, and a 6-game homestand (all in July) and then a 4-gamer and a season-high 9-game homestand (both in August) before finishing the season with a 7-game homestand from September 1-7. The upcoming homestand will feature 4-games vs. Rochester (June 22-25 all at 7:05 pm) followed by a 3-game weekend set vs. Gwinnett on Friday, June 26 at 7:05 pm, Saturday, June 27 at 6:05 pm, and Sunday, June 28 at 1:05 pm.
Getting to Know Gwinnett – Pawtucket has won 17 of the last 22 games vs. Gwinnett dating back to the 2012 season. The PawSox won the final five games vs. Gwinnett during the 2012 season (finishing 6-2) and the first five meetings of the 2013 season (also finishing 6-2) to compile a 10-game winning streak against Gwinnett. They finished 5-3 vs. the Braves last season.
The 2014 Season-Series vs. Gwinnett – Pawtucket won the season-series over Gwinnett last year by a 5-3 count, going 3-1 in Lawrenceville last August 11-14. The teams split a 4-game set in Pawtucket from May 26-29 of last year. The PawSox hit .265 with 4 HR vs. the Braves last season while Sox pitchers were 5-3 with a 3.42 ERA. Pawtucket out-scored Gwinnett, 39-33 in the 2014 season-series.