APRIL 30th SYRACUSE (7-13) at PAWTUCKET (13-8) 12:05 pm
Syracuse Chiefs RHP Scott McGregor (1-1, 4.61) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox RHP Steven Wright (0-1, 6.55)
One is a Lonely Number – The Pawtucket Red Sox, who are 2-2-1 in their first five series of the season (2 wins, 2 losses, and 1 split), look to win this series outright when they play the finale of their 4-game set against the Syracuse Chiefs this afternoon at 12:05 pm at McCoy Stadium. The PawSox won the first two games on Monday (3-1) and Tuesday (4-1) nights but Syracuse got on the board with a 5-1 victory last night. The losing team has mustered just one run in each of the first three games this week.
Day Baseball at McCoy – The PawSox fell to 7-3 at home and 11-3 at night with their loss last night. Including this afternoon, three of their next four games will be day games (also Sat. & Sun. at 1:05 pm). The Sox are just 2-5 in day games in the early going.
Month to Month – The PawSox have clinched a winning April (at 13-8) with the finale of the month on tap for today. The Sox have now had a winning April for five consecutive years…13-8 this season with one to go, 16-11 last April, 15-11 in 2013, 16-9 in 2012, and 13-10 in 2011. You have to go back to 2010 for the last time the PawSox had a losing month of April (9-13). Pawtucket also has a streak alive of not having more than one losing month in a particular season since 2010. The Sox suffered through a difficult 12-18 month of May in 2014 but that was their only losing month last year. Pawtucket had only one losing month in 2013 as well (9-19 in July), one losing month in 2012 (13-15 in June), and one losing month in 2011 (13-15 in May). The last time they had more than one losing month in a season came in 2010 (three losers) when they finished 66-78 – the last time Pawtucket ended a season below .500.
Hail to the Chiefs – Due to the unbalanced nature of the 2015 schedule, Pawtucket and Syracuse will face each other 19 times this season with 11 of those coming here at McCoy Stadium (Sox are 2-1 thus far). After today they will next meet for a 2-game set in Syracuse on June 6 & 7. In the past, the PawSox would play each of their IL North rivals a total of 16 times (8 home & 8 away) and all eight of their non-divisional opponents 8 times apiece (4 home & 4 away). That has changed significantly this season as the Sox play some of their non-divisional foes 6 times total, others 7 and even others 8 times and now their division rivals either 17 times (Buffalo & Rochester), 18 times (Lehigh Valley) or 19 times each (Syracuse & Scranton/Wilkes-Barre).