MAY 13th INDIANAPOLIS (18-15) at PAWTUCKET (20-13) 12:05 pm
Indianapolis Indians LHP Clayton Richard (NR) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox LHP Eddie Rodriguez (3-1, 2.73)
Hump Day Matinee – For the first of the next three Wednesday home games, the Pawtucket Red Sox – owners of the best record in the International League – play a midweek afternoon game when they host the Indianapolis Indians in the finale of their 3-game series today at 12:05 pm at McCoy Stadium. The PawSox played a Wednesday matinee at McCoy back on April 22 (lost to Buffalo 8-3), they play today and their next two Wednesday home games will also be afternoon affairs on May 27 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and June 10 vs. Charlotte (both at 12:05 pm). We all love day baseball, but the only down note is the Sox are 5-7 in day games compared to 15-6 in night games this season.
Sweep Dreams – The PawSox got the jump in this 3-game set against Indianapolis with a 6-1 victory Monday night and last night they made it two in a row by outlasting the Indians in 10-innings, 2-1 thanks to some nifty relief work by Dana Eveland in the top of the 10th and then a clutch game-winning single by Rusney Castillo in the bottom of the 10th. This afternoon the Sox go for a 3-game sweep which would be their second such in less than a week. Last Tuesday – Thursday, the PawSox completed a 3-game sweep in Toledo. However, they immediately followed that by getting swept in a 3-game set at Columbus over the weekend. Now they can turn the trick the other way with a victory today which would represent their third sweep of the season (a 4-gamer at home vs. Rochester from April 16-19 and the aforementioned 3-gamer at Toledo from May 5-7).
First to 20 Wins – The IL North-leading Pawtucket Red Sox are the first (and thus far only) team in the International League to reach 20 victories this season (at 20-13). Pawtucket’s current 2-game lead atop the division equals their largest lead of the season (from May 7 when they were also 2-games up).
This Homestand – The PawSox are 2-0 on this 7-game homestand that continues tomorrow night with the opener of a 4-game series against Columbus. The teams will play tomorrow and Friday nights at 7:05 pm, Saturday at 6:05 pm, and Sunday at 1:05 pm. The Sox will be looking for a measure of revenge against the Clippers who just swept them over the weekend.
A Pattern Developing – Pawtucket snapped their season-high 3-game losing streak (which occurred this past weekend in Columbus) with their victory Monday night. Immediately before the 3-game skid over the weekend, the PawSox had a 3-game winning streak from May 5-7 which was their longest since their season-high 5-game winning streak from April 16-21 (G1). They opened the season winning their first 3 games (April 9-11). Other than those streaks they have not won or lost more than 2 in a row all year. The Sox can make it 3 straight wins with a victory today.