JUNE 14th TOLEDO (27-36) at PAWTUCKET (32-31) 1:05 pm
Toledo Mud Hens LHP Mike Belfiore (2-7, 6.75) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox LHP Henry Owens (2-5, 3.64)
Sweep Dreams – The Pawtucket Red Sox bid for their first 4-game sweep in almost two months and attempt to complete a perfect season-series against Toledo when they host the Mud Hens today at 1:05 pm in the series and homestand finale at McCoy Stadium. The PawSox have won the first three games of this series and today will try to finish off a 4-game sweep which would be their first since they opened their home season by sweeping 4-games from Rochester here at McCoy (April 16-19).
This Series – The PawSox, who swept a 3-game series in Toledo just over a month ago from May 5-7, have made it 6-for-6 vs. the Mud Hens with victories each of the last three nights here at McCoy – all three in come-from-behind fashion. On Thursday night in the series-opener the Sox got a tiebreaking 2-run single from Quintin Berry in the 6th-inning to defeat the Hens, 5-3. Friday night the PawSox rallied for 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th-inning to tie the game and then won it in the bottom of the 12th, 3-2 on a walk-off double by Jackie Bradley, Jr. Last night Pawtucket trailed 5-1 in the 5th-inning but again battled back and got a 3-run HR by Allen Craig and a go-ahead RBI single by Bryce Brentz in the 7th to stun the Hens, 7-5. The Sox host the Mud Hens this afternoon for the final time in 2015.
Terrific vs. Toledo – With a victory today the PawSox would finish a perfect 7-0 vs. Toledo this season. The last time they went undefeated during a season-series against an opponent came back in 2006 when they went 8-0 vs. the Richmond Braves. Their best mark in recent times vs. an IL foe came in 2013 when the PawSox finished 7-1 vs. Louisville. Pawtucket went 15-1 vs. Lehigh Valley during the 2008 season-series.
Turning the Beat Around – Pawtucket has won 4 in a row and 5 of their last 7 games following their 4-game losing skid (June 2-6). However, they have still dropped 21 of their last 35 games since May 8. The PawSox peaked at a season-high 8-games above .500 at 18-10 on May 7 and dipped to a season-low 3-games under .500 on June 9 at 28-31.
Return to Sender – The PawSox have gone back over the .500 mark (at 32-31) for the first time since June 2nd when they were 27-26. Pawtucket fell to 28-31 this past Tuesday after losing to Charlotte and thus dropped 3-games under for the first time in over a year (since last June 2). Their season-low in 2014 was 4-games below .500 – the last time on June 3rd at 28-32. They dipped below the .500 mark this June 4 for the first time in almost a full calendar year since last June 25 when they were 40-41.