The first place IronPigs will conclude their 4 game series at sunny, windy Pawtucket in the first day game of 2012 before returning to Coca-Cola Park on Wednesday to take on Bryce Harper and the Syracuse Chiefs.
Right Hander Dave Bush (3 teams in 2011 and 3.91 ERA with the ‘Pigs) will get the nod for the ‘Pigs and Ross Ohlendorf (4.77 ERA in his MLB appearances) for the PawSox.
Back in August during a Bush start a bench clearing incident occurred resulting in the suspension of catcher Erik Kratz. (Bush was not on the mound during the incident).
Bottom 1 (Viva La Frandsen)
Keven “Viva La” Frandsen robbed Mauro Gomez (1B) of a sure RBI single with a dynamite play at SS. Seems the Phils have some great play at short so far this season.
Top 2 (Now 29 total LOB)
After Hector Luna flies out after back to back singles by Joe Thurston and Cody Overbeck, the ‘Pigs strand two as Derrick Mitchell grounds into a 5-4-3 double play.
Bottom 2 (Runs, Drips, and Errors)
Luis Exposito (C) lines a double to left and scores on a throwing error by Tuffy Gosewisch (C) after a bunt by Pedro Ceriaco (SS).
Josh Kroeger (CF) goes down swinging and Lavarnway (DH) grounds out to Luna leaving Ceriaco on 2nd following a stolen base.
Derrick Mitchell grabs an ice-cream cone pop-up to center to end the inning and stem the scoring onslaught. Pigs 0 – Sox 1
Top 3 (39.9% lead-off walk scores – not this time)
Kevin Frandsen grabs a lead-off walk only to have Dom Brown ground into a 4-6-3 double play. 2 down
Hector Luna pops out to end the inning. Pigs still down 1-0
Bottom 6 (Valdes spills)
Bush finishes with 5 strong innings giving up 2 hits, 2 BB, 2 SO and 1 (un)earned run.
Raul Valdes in to start the 6th.
Josh Kroeger (CF) singles to 2nd and Larvarnway blasts one to center that is tracked down at the wall by Mitchell. 1 out
Mauro Gomez (1B) proceeds to blast one over the left field fence to put the PawSox up 3-0.
Lars Anderson (LF) with a line shot to right – man on – one out. Valdes with not a strong start.
Will Middlebrooks (3B) launches another liner to left center – two on – still one out – Valdes struggling at this point.
Daniel Nava (RF) blasted a homer to left clearing the bases.
Nate Spears (2B) pops out and Luis Exposito is gunned down with a grounder to Thurston to end the inning but the damage has been done. PawSox 6 – Pigs zilch.
Top 7 (Spoon swoons)
Chorye Spoon on to pitch for Ohlendorf who went 6 stellar innings giving up 2 hits, 3 BB, 1 K and zero runs.
Frandsen is robbed by a diving SS Ciriaco. 1 out
Brown reaches on an error by first baseman Mauro Gomez.
Hector Luna grounds out into the 3rd ground ball double play to end the inning.
Bottom 7 (More Horst Power)
Jeremy Horst in to replace Valdes who leaked 5 hits and 5 runs.
Ciriaco grounds out to Thurston on a quick toss to first. 1 out
Kroeger grounds out to Overbeck. 2 out
Lavarnway grabbed a 2 out walk.
Gomez singles and Lars Anderson pops out to end the inning. PawSox 6 – ‘Pigs zip
Top 8 (Spoonerific)
Thurston grounds out to first. 1 out
Overbeck grounds out to short for the 2nd out
Mitchell grounds out to third to end the inning. Pigs still down 6-0
Bottom 8 (Horst put to pasture)
Middlebrooks launched one over right center – 7 nothing Pawsox.
Nava singles to left.
Spears flies out to center fielder Mitchell. 1-out
Exposito blasts one to left that gets over Brown’s head to bounce in the stands for a ground rule double scoring Nava. PawSox now up 8 nil.
Horst is lead to pasture and replaced by left-handed pitching David Purcey.
Ciriaco singles on a swinging bunt to pitcher Purcey and advances Exposito to third. 2 on 1 out
Josh Kroeger strikes out for the 2nd out of the inning.
Lavarnway pops out to Overbeck but not before further damage and the ‘Pigs are now down 8 – love.
Top 9 (no rally Cap required)
Garret Mock on the hill to begin the 9th.
Gosewisch and Suomi lead off with singles. 2 on – none out
Posednik lines out to left. 1 out
Frandsen flies to center for out number 2 – Tuffy to third on the tag-up.
Dom Brown pops out to short to end the misery. Final Sox 8 – Pigs 0
Click below for the Matt Provence IronPigs Radio Recap of the Game.
Tough day for the bullpen after a strong season start. As the Spring air warms, let’s hope the bats do the same. To look at the overall stats and note the record only bodes well for the future or perhaps not.
In the first 6 games the ‘Pigs are 32 for 164 at the plate for a sub-Mendoza line .195 average but are still 4-2 and at least in a tie for first in the IL North. (Note that all 6 games used the DH)
Be sure to rub your Ferrous bobble-belly for luck and Bring on the Chiefs and the NOISE!