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MAY 8th PAWTUCKET (18-10) at COLUMBUS (14-13) 7:15 pm

Pawtucket Red Sox LHP Eddie Rodriguez (3-0, 1.82) vs. Columbus Clippers RHP Shaun Marcum (3-0, 2.00)

We Continue On In Ohio – The Pawtucket Red Sox – who are coming off a sweep of their 3-game series in Toledo to begin this 6-game roadtrip – start the back half of the trip tonight with the opener of a 3-game weekend series in Columbus. The PawSox play the Clippers at Huntington Park tonight and tomorrow night at 7:15 pm with the series and roadtrip finale slated for Sunday at 1:05 pm. The Sox have started 3-0 on their annual sojourn to the State of Ohio, but this trip is a little shorter than normal. For the past many years, the trip to Ohio has been 8 games in length as the PawSox have played 4-game series in both Toledo and Columbus. However, in the newly formatted International League schedule for 2015, many series between non-divisional opponents have been reduced to 3-games. Such is the case this week as the PawSox just finished their 3-game series in Toledo and are now in Columbus for this 3-game set over the weekend.

This Match-up – Pawtucket enters play tonight with the best road record in the IL at 9-5 and they will be facing the team with the best home record in the league as the Clippers are 9-2 here at Huntington Park in Columbus. Furthermore, Pawtucket leads the International League with 23 HR while Columbus is right behind with 22 homers. The teams play this 3-game weekend series in Columbus and then will face each other again in less than a week for a 4-game set in Pawtucket next Thursday – Sunday.

Best for Now – Pawtucket presently owns the best record in the International League at 18-10. They currently have their largest 1st-place lead of the young season as they sit 2-games above Rochester and 2½-games ahead of 3rd-place Buffalo in the IL North. The PawSox have been alone in 1st-place from April 11-14, again from April 17-21, on April 28, May 2, and now from May 6-8.

Six Pack – Pawtucket scored 6 runs in each of their three victories in Toledo to begin this trip as the Sox posted 6-2, 6-1, and 6-5 wins. The PawSox started this roll on Tuesday night with their 6-2 win in Toledo that marked the first time the Sox had scored more than 4 runs in a game since April 24 when they won at Scranton/WB by that same 6-2 score. The PawSox scored 4 runs or less in 10 straight games from April 25 – May 3. They have now tallied 6 runs (or more) in three straight games for the first time since April 16-18 when they won 8-7, 6-4, and 13-3. They did not have four consecutive games with 6 runs or more at any point last year. The last time they accomplished that feat came from July 19-23 of 2013 when they scored 9, 9, 13, and 7 runs in consecutive games.


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