JUNE 4th PAWTUCKET (27-27) at ROCHESTER (29-23) 7:05 pm
Pawtucket Red Sox LHP Henry Owens (2-3, 3.15) vs. Rochester Red Wings LHP Taylor Rogers (4-3, 3.34)
Looking Up at the Wings – The 3rd-place Pawtucket Red Sox will try to cut into their season-high 3-game deficit when the play the first of a 2-game series against the 1st-place Rochester Red Wings tonight at 7:05 pm at Frontier Field in Rochester. Pawtucket had been in either 1st or 2nd-place all season (and since last August 3rd in fact) until dropping into 3rd-place on May 27. They are now 3-games behind Rochester in the IL North which is the furthest they have been out of 1st since last August 27 when they were -3½ GB.
Must See TV – Tonight’s game will be televised back to New England on NESN, in conjunction with Empire Sports. The actual telecast time is TBA depending on when the Boston Red Sox Post-Game Show on NESN ends tonight (the Red Sox are playing Minnesota at 4:05 pm at Fenway). The game will be joined, either in progress or on tape delay, once the Red Sox Post-Game Show is done.
First Trip to Rochester – The PawSox are paying their first visit to Rochester this season and it will be a brief one as the Sox and Wings play tonight and tomorrow night at 7:05 pm. This marks the first 2-game series Pawtucket will play this season and is one of only six 2-game sets on the schedule. This series will be followed by another 2-game set this weekend in Syracuse but then it will be about another month before the Sox play their next 2-game series (July 2 & 3 at home vs. Scranton/WB). The PawSox are playing predominately 3-game series for much of this season.
Four of a Kind – Pawtucket is a perfect 4-0 vs. Rochester this season as the PawSox swept a 4-game series from the Red Wings to open their home schedule at McCoy Stadium back from April 16-19. The PawSox won the first two games of that set vs. Rochester in come-from-behind fashion. On April 16 in their home-opener, the Sox rallied from a 4-2, 6th-inning deficit to eventually tie the game in the 7th and then won it in dramatic fashion on a walk-off solo HR by Bryce Brentz in the 9th for an 8-7 victory. The next night the Sox again trailed 4-2 in the 6th but eventually got a go-ahead 2-run HR from Brentz to send them on their way to a 6-4 win. Pawtucket left no doubt about the outcome of the April 18 game as they scored early and often en route to a 13-3 rout of the Red Wings. The 13-3 win is easily their largest margin of victory thus far in 2015 as the Sox put up season-highs in runs (13), hits (17), and homers (4). The PawSox completed the sweep with a 4-3 victory in the finale on April 19 as they scored twice in the bottom of the 8th-inning to improve to 4-0 at home.