AUGUST 28th PAWTUCKET (76-63) at LEHIGH VALLEY (64-75) 7:05 pm
Pawtucket Red Sox LHP Ryan Verdugo (2-1, 3.00) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs RHP Jeff Manship (0-1, 4.09)
The End of the Road – The IL wild card-leading Pawtucket Red Sox play their final road game of the regular-season when they conclude this 2-game set against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs tonight at 7:05 pm at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA. The PawSox need a victory tonight to gain a split of this series after suffering a 5-1 defeat to Lehigh Valley last night. The Sox also need a win this evening to even their record on this 6-game roadtrip (2-3 thus far) that began with a 4-game split in Buffalo earlier this week.
Road Work – It appears that Pawtucket will have to settle for the 2nd best road record in the International League this season. The Sox are 40-31 trailing only Columbus at 41-28 for the best away mark in the league. The PawSox have their road finale tonight while the Clippers play their final three road games over the next three nights. The Sox would have to win tonight and Columbus would have to lose all three of their remaining road games for the teams to finish with identical 41-31 road marks. Pawtucket has reached 40 road victories for the third time in the last four years and they will post a winning road record for the fourth straight season. The PawSox went 40-32 on the road in 2013, 38-34 in 2012, and 42-29 in 2011. Their last losing road record occurred in 2010 when they went 28-44.
The Road Home – The PawSox will come back home tomorrow (Friday) to start a 4-game homestand that will put the finishing touches on the 2014 regular-season. The PawSox will host 1st-place Syracuse for games on Friday at 7:05 pm and Saturday at 6:05 pm and then Rochester for two more key games on Sunday at 6:05 pm (fireworks after the game) and Labor Day Monday at 1:05 pm. Those final four games at McCoy appear certain to have huge playoff implications.