SEPTEMBER 5th GOVERNORS’ CUP SEMI-FINALS GAME 2 7:05 pm
PawSox Fall in Game One 7-1 – In Game One of the International League Governors’ Cup Semi-Finals, Rochester defeated Pawtucket 7-1. The Red Wings scored runs in five of the first six innings and pounded out 16 hits, 14 of which were singles. For Pawtucket, they managed 7 hits including two each by Jackie Bradley Jr. (2 singles) and Bryce Brentz (HR, double). Anthony Ranuado lasted 2+ innings throwing 59 pitches, 42 for strikes while allowing 4 runs on 7 hits.
IL North Champs – The PawSox – winners of 19 of their last 23 regular-season games – won their second IL North Division title in the last three years (also winning in 2011). Pawtucket has punched their ticket into the post-season for the third straight season – the first time the PawSox have ever accomplished that. The defending Governors’ Cup Champion PawSox have never won the Cup in back-to-back seasons. They will look to pull off that feat during the next week and a half. Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina became the third PawSox manager in club-history to win a division title in his first year at the helm joining Butch Hobson in 1991 and Arnie Beyeler in 2011.
We Want to Keep the Cup – If the PawSox advance to the Governors’ Cup Finals they will try to keep the Cup in Pawtucket when they play the winner of the other semi-final series between Durham (IL South Champ) and Indianapolis (IL West Champ). Games 1 & 2 would be at Durham or Indy on September 10 and 11 before the PawSox would have a chance to keep the Cup in Pawtucket by hosting the final three games (the last two if necessary) from September 12-14 at McCoy Stadium. And getting even further ahead of ourselves, should the PawSox repeat as Governors’ Cup Champs they would play in the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game on September 17 in a winner-take-all one-game playoff vs. the Pacific Coast League Champion. Omaha, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake, and Las Vegas are the four teams in the PCL Playoffs. The National Championship Game will be played in Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA) and will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.
A Long Wait – The PawSox Governors’ Cup title last season was 28 years in the making since their previous Governors’ Cup Championship in 1984 when they rallied to beat the Maine Guides, 3 games to 2. Prior to last year when they took 3 of 4 from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the semi-finals and swept the Charlotte Knights in 3 straight games in the Cup Finals, the Sox had won just one playoff series in 27 years (beating the Ottawa Lynx in the 2003 semi-finals, 3 games to 2). The PawSox had dropped 10 of their last 11 playoff series since winning the Cup in 1984 until last September when they won both playoff series to capture the Cup. Since 1977, Pawtucket is 33-45 in the IL Playoffs while going 7-12 in their 19 post-season series. Rochester, meanwhile, has qualified for the IL Playoffs for the first time since the 2006 season. Rochester has won the most Governors’ Cups in league history (10) but the Red Wings have not hoisted the Cup in 15 seasons since their last championship in 1997.
The Playoff Schedule – Best 3 out of 5 series for the right to advance to the Governors’ Cup Finals:
Game 2 Thur. 7:05 pm in Rochester RHP Clay Buchholz (0-0, 2.70) vs. RHP P.J. Walters (7-5, 4.18)
Game 3 Fri. 7:05 pm in Pawtucket RHP Steven Wright (8-7, 3.46) vs. LHP Pat Dean (3-2, 2.03)
Game 4* Sat. 6:05 pm in Pawtucket TBA vs. LHP Scott Diamond (4-0, 2.41)
Game 5* Sun. 1:05 pm in Pawtucket TBA vs. TBA
* if necessary
IL Governors’ Cup Finals
Game 1 Tues. Sept. 10 7:05 pm Pawtucket or Rochester @ Durham or Indianapolis
Game 2 Wed. Sept. 11 7:05 pm Pawtucket or Rochester @ Durham or Indianapolis
Game 3 Thur. Sept. 12 7:05 pm Durham or Indianapolis @ Pawtucket or Rochester
Game 4* Fri. Sept. 13 7:05 pm Durham or Indianapolis @ Pawtucket or Rochester
Game 5* Sat. Sept. 14 6:05 pm Durham or Indianapolis @ Pawtucket or Rochester
* if necessary
2013 PAWSOX PLAYOFF TICKETS NOW ON SALE —
Tickets for all possible 2013 PawSox playoff games at McCoy Stadium are on sale at the Box Office at McCoy. Fans can also charge tickets with any major credit card by calling the PawSox at (401) 724-7300 or visiting the PawSox website at www.pawsox.com. Tickets for the 2013 Governors’ Cup Semi-Finals and Governors’ Cup Finals will be priced the same as regular-season tickets. Box Seats are $12.00 apiece while General Admission are $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children (aged 12 & under) & Senior Citizens. Fans who purchase a PawSox Playoff Pack (a strip of box seats for all six potential PawSox home playoff games) will receive a discounted price of $66 for all 6 tickets.
The PawSox will host Games 3, 4, and 5 of the first round of the playoffs at McCoy this Friday at 7:05 pm; Saturday at 6:05 pm; and Sunday at 1:05 pm (the final two games if necessary). If Pawtucket were to win that series vs. Rochester, they would then be home at McCoy for Games 3, 4, and 5 of the Governors’ Cup Finals on September 12 at 7:05 pm, September 13 at 7:05 pm, and September 14 at 6:05 pm. The final two games of that series (against the Durham vs. Indianapolis winner) would be played as necessary.