JUNE 23rd ROCHESTER (36-33) at PAWTUCKET (34-37) 7:05 pm
Rochester Red Wings RHP Greg Peavey (NR) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox RHP Keith Couch (3-7, 5.17)
Halfway to ? – The Pawtucket Red Sox reach the halfway point of both their regular-season schedule and their home schedule tonight when they play game #72 overall and game #36 at McCoy Stadium this evening against the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05 pm. With a victory tonight the PawSox would match their exact record from last season at the midpoint when they were 35-37 on June 16, 2014 after a 6-1 loss in Rochester. The Sox were in 3rd-place and -6 GB at the halfway point last year. They would go 44-28 during the second half of the season to capture the IL wild card and eventually the Governors’ Cup Championship.
Halfway Home – Pawtucket is 18-17 at McCoy this season as they play home game #36 of 72 tonight. Last year the Sox were 19-17 at the midpoint of their home schedule. They can equal that mark with a victory this evening. The PawSox went 19-17 during the second half of their home schedule last season to finish with a 38-34 record at McCoy in 2014.
34 Year Anniversary of the 33 Inning Game – Only two members of the current PawSox roster were alive 34 years ago tonight (catcher Humberto Quintero was almost 2 years-old and catcher Ryan Hanigan was almost one) when the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings played the 33rd and final inning of the Longest Game in Professional Baseball History right here at McCoy Stadium on June 23, 1981. The PawSox and Rochester played 32-innings on April 18-19 of 1981 until 4:09 am when the game was finally suspended with the score tied at 2-2. The game was resumed when Rochester returned to Pawtucket on June 23 and the PawSox needed just one inning (the 33rd) to win the game, 3-2. Current PawSox hitting coach Rich Gedman started as Pawtucket’s catcher back on April 18, 1981 and went 1-for-3 before being pinch-hit for – lucky him!