JULY 13th PAWTUCKET (50-48) at TOLEDO (47-50) 6:00 pm
Pawtucket Red Sox RHP Brandon Workman (3-1, 5.12) vs. Toledo Mud Hens LHP Robbie Ray (5-3, 3.15)
A Fight to the Finish – The PawSox have won 4 of their last 6 and are 5-4 on their season-long 10-game roadtrip and will attempt to clinch a winning trip with a victory tonight in Toledo.
This Series – The PawSox took the opener 11-2, fell 4-3 in 11 innings in Game 2 and Toledo doubled up the Pawtucket 10-5 last night. This 4-game set in Toledo concludes tonight at 6:00 pm. That will lead to the Triple-A All-Star break from July 14-16 – for all but PawSox pitcher Tommy Layne who will now be the lone Pawtucket representative in Durham, NC on July 16 (after All-Star catcher Christian Vazquez was recalled to Boston on Wednesday and Anthony Ranaudo was replaced). That three-day respite will mark Pawtucket’s first scheduled off-days since June 11.
Road Warriors – Pawtucket are under the .500 mark on the road with a 24-25 away record. They were a season-high 6-games over .500 on the road on May 12 (11-5).
The Long and Winding Road – From July 4- July 28 the PawSox are playing 18 of 22 games on the road (5-3 thus far). They played two in Syracuse last week, four in Columbus earlier this week, these four in Toledo this week, two more in Syracuse (July 21 & 22), two in Lehigh Valley (July 23 & 24), and four in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (July 25-28) with only a 4-game series at home vs. Buffalo sandwiched in between (from July 17-20). Pawtucket has a 24-25 road mark. The last time they had a losing year on the road came in 2010 when they had a 28-44 away record.
Close Encounters – All but two of Pawtucket’s 12 games this month have been decided by 3-runs or less (Thursday night’s 11-2 victory over Toledo and last night’s 10-5 loss the only blowouts during this stretch). The PawSox played five consecutive 1-run games from July 2-6 (going 1-4 in those). They lost a 2-run game to Durham to begin July but then won a 3-run game and a pair of 2-run games from July 7-9 in Columbus. The last “breather” before Thursday night came on June 30 when the PawSox beat Durham, 10-0. Pawtucket’s last “big” loss prior to last night came all the way back on June 16 when they dropped a 6-1 decision in Rochester.
Series Business – The PawSox have lost just one of their last 10 series in more than a month (since June 2). They have won four series, lost just one (swept in a 2-game set at home vs. Rochester on July 2 & 3), and split five others in their last 10 series. Pawtucket is 8-5-12 in their first 25 series this year.
Taking on Toledo – The PawSox (down 3-4 in the season-series) and Mud Hens met a little more than two months at McCoy Stadium and the teams split that 4-game series. Pawtucket won the opener on May 5, 6-4 and the finale on May 8, 5-3 but Toledo took the middle games by 4-1 and 4-0 scores.