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PawSox Have A Few Hot Hitters, But Fall Short In Close Games



PawSox Have A Few Hot Hitters With Castillo And De La Gurrra Hitting Over .350 In June, But Fall Short In Close Games With Team Losing Close Games Despite Having Runners In Scoring Position Late

The PawSox are back in action tonight at 6:15 pm with Teddy Stankiewicz on the bump taking on the Indianapolis Indians at McCoy Stadium.

Stankiewicz owns a 4-4 record with a 3.76 ERA in 10 starts for Pawtucket passing 52.2 innings and recording 40 strike-outs for the Triple-A Ballclub. Last time out he faced off with the Indians on the road back on 6/16 and tossed 7 innings of shutout baseball striking out a season high 7 batters en route to his 4th win of the season. 

Pawtucket enters the game with a 30-42 record and sit 12 game below .500 looking for their first win of the homestand. 

Three Up, Offensive Juggernauts For Three PawSox Hitters 

Sam Travis: The first-basemen turned utility man is hitting .314 over his last 10 games in 35 at-bats with an OPS of .911. On Friday night at McCoy he ran into a three-run home run in a hit that had tied the game. On the season with Pawtucket the former Hoosier is hitting .268 in 190 at-bats for the PawSox driving in 26 RBIS and hitting 4 home runs. Travis who has been on the Boston-Pawtucket shuttle for much of the last 3 or 4 years has appeared in 8 games in 2019 for Boston going 4-24 with an RBI and an OPS of .333. 

Rusney Castillo: Castillo has cooled off a bit since batting .600 in a week and earning IL Player of the Week honors. But in his last 10 games he is 18 for 37 with 9 RBIS and an OPS of 1.309. Pretty, pretty, good for Castillo. On the season he has 242 at-bats for Pawtucket with a .285 batting average and a .756 OPS. He has driven in 38 RBIS and 7 home runs. His month of June has been pretty special as well batting .355 and an OPS of .921 in 76 at-bats for Pawtucket. 

Chad De La Guerra: Chad has started to get on this list quite a bit and in his last 10 games he has an OPS of 1.120 going 12 for his last 37 and driving in 8 RBIS. Like Castillo, his month of June has been red hot. De La Guerra in the month of June is hitting .358 with an OPS of 1.254 going 24 for 67 in 19 games played. The home run ball has come around for De La Guerra too belting 7 home runs and driving in 18 RBIS in June. On the season he has had 116 at-bats with a .319 average and an OPS of 1.009. 

Three Down, A Rehabber Makes The List For The First Time

Tyler Thornburg, Photo Credit Tanner Rebelo

Tyler Thornburg:  Thornburg is on rehab assignment with Pawtucket dealing with a right hip impingement. The Houston, Texas native has struggled on the assignment allowing 8 earned runs in 4.2 innings pitched appearing in 5 games for Pawtucket. In that time frame he picked up 2 losses and failed to get through 1 inning on 3 occasions. Control has been his primary issue walking 7 batters and striking out just 6. 

Ryan Weber: Weber who popped up in Boston this season hasn’t really found his grove in Pawtucket. After his first two appearances with the PawSox he has allowed 3 or more earned run in every single one of his games. The last three times out for the PawSox he has allowed 4 or more earned runs. Weber two starts ago recorded just 4 outs while getting tagged for 6 earned runs. On the season he has a 7.36 ERA in 7 games for Pawtucket with 29.1 innings pitched. 

Runners In Scoring Position: The PawSox lineup has struggled when it comes to runners in scoring position. They have lacked the finishing hit at times.

Here are their last 10 games with RISP:

6/11: 3-for-10

6/12: 3-for-14

6/13: 6-for-17

6/14: 1-for-7

Game 1 At Indy: 2-for-7

Game 2 At Indy: 2-for-8

Game 1 Against Durham 6/19: 2-for-6

Game 2 Against Durham 6/19: 0-for-12

6/20: 4-for-19

6/21: 1-for-8

Total: 24-for-108 or .222 batting average with runners in scoring position

A lot of close games for Pawtucket this season, 1 or 2 runs and often have the runners on base to win or tie the game in the late innings. Have the offense for a breakout run, just haven’t seen it yet as they sit 12 games below .500. 

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Paw Sox Lose To Rail Riders As Erasmo Ramirez Struggled In The First Inning



Pawtucket Sox Lose To Rail Riders By A Score Of Five To One As Erasmo Ramirez Struggled In The First Inning

The Paw Sox kicked off their week of the Fourth of July set with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders at McCoy Stadium on Monday night. Erasmo Ramirez got the ball for the Paw Sox to start the night, and he struggled coming out of the gate. 

In the first inning, Ramirez struggled as he gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and walked a 1 batter in 23 pitches. But after that, Ramirez really settled down. Ramirez retired 8 straight batters after the first inning. In total, Ramirez gave up 4 runs on 9 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 4 batters on 98 pitches, 69 for strikes. This was over 6 innings of work. 

“The first inning proved to be too much to overcome” said Paw Sox manager Billy McMillon after the Paw Sox went on to lose by a score of 5 to 1. “The lefty gave us fits at the plate. He didn’t appear to have overwhelming or over powering stuff. Just enough to keep us off balance.”

Erasmo Ramirez Settled down After The First

After the a 23 pitch first inning for Erasmo Ramirez, where he gave up 3 runs on 3 base hits, and walked one batter, it looked like it was going to be a short night for the righty. But after that, he only gave up 1 run on 6 hits over his next 5 innings of work. 

“First inning, he had some hiccups there” said Billy McMillon after the game. “But to get us through six innings. We were kind of worried about sending him out there for the sixth, but then that was his best inning” added McMillon.  

After Ramirez was able to go 6 innings, Billy Mcmillon only had to use two relievers on the night. Dan Runzler was able to go 2 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits. He also struck out 2 batters. 

Travis Lakins was able to give a quick 1-2-3 inning in the 9th inning. He was able to strike out a batter as well on 16 pitches, 9 for strikes. 

Trevor Kelley Called Up To Boston

The Red Sox announced earlier today that the organization was calling up Trevor Kelley to their 25-man roster.  

“He’s got enough “funk”, that hopefully he gives some hitters up there some fits and stays up there for a long time,” said manager Billy McMillon after the game. 

Up next For The Paw Sox 

The Paw Sox will play their second game of their three game set with the Rail Riders on Tuesday night at McCoy Stadium. Kyle Hart will get the ball for the Paw Sox. He will be up against Raynel Espinal for the Rail Riders. On Wednesday night, Teddy Stankiewicz will start for the Paw Sox. The Rail Riders haven’t announced who is starting for them yet. 

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Red Sox Call Up Trevor Kelley From AAA Pawtucket



Boston Red Sox Call Up RHP Trevor Kelley From AAA Pawtucket Red Sox On Monday

The Boston Red Sox announced on Monday afternoon that the club has called up RHP Trevor Kelley from AAA Pawtucket. They also announced that Mike Shawaryn and Sam Travis was optioned back down to AAA Pawtucket. The team also announced that Steve Pearce had his injury rehab assignment recalled today. The final announcement was that Tzu-Wei Lin was reinstated from the injured list and was assigned to AAA Pawtucket.

”If ever a guy earned it, he did,” said PawSox Manager Billy McMillon. “What he did for the first three months of the season was tremendous here. ERA less than 1.00 with the new baseballs, the amount of home runs that are getting out. To see him compete and do well, couldn’t be happier for him.” 

Trevor Kelley has been lights out for the Paw Sox this season. In 28 appearances, Kelley has posted a 0.96 ERA in 37 and 2/3 innings pitched.

”He’s got enough “funk”, that hopefully he gives some hitters up there some fits and stays up there for a long time,” said McMillon. 

The most impressive stat from Kelley is his splits versus right handed batters and left handed batters. Right handed batters are batting .282 against Kelley this season at AAA Pawtucket. Left handed batters are hitting only .077 against Kelley and he hasn’t allowed an earned run to a left-handed hitter through 15.2 innings. 

The Red Sox still need to open up a 40-man roster spot to put Trevor Kelley on the 25 man roster. The Red Sox have an off day on Monday so they haven’t had to announced a corresponding move yet. We should expect to see a move at some point Tuesday afternoon. 


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PawSox Set To Host RailRiders In Fourth Of July Set



PawSox Set To Host RailRiders In Fourth Of July Set At McCoy Stadium In Another Red Sox Versus Yankees Affair

With the Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees London Series all wrapped up their Triple-A affiliates are getting set to play three-games at McCoy Stadium starting on Monday.

The Pawtucket Red Sox versus the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. 

Pawtucket enters the three-game Fourth of July set with a 33-47 record, 13 games back of first place Scranton who are 46-35 on the season. 

With the RailRiders comes a number of familiar names such as Clint Frazier and Logan Morrison.

Here is the probable pitching matchups for the three-game set, note TBA for RailRiders:

Monday: Erasmo Ramirez (3-4, 4.85) 6:05 pm on NESNplus

Tuesday: Kyle Hart (3-2, 3.44) 6:05 pm on YurviewTV

Wednesday: Teddy Stankiewicz (4-4, 3.90) 6:05 pm on YurView TV

Three Up: 

Josh Tobias, Photo Credit Tanner Rebelo

Chad De La Guerra: De La Guerra is hitting .324 on the season with an OPS of .999 in 145 at-bats. Had a 4-hit day in a PawSox win on Sunday

Trevor Kelley: IL All-star nod, most votes for a reliever and has continued to be solid. .96 ERA on the season in 37.2 innings pitched. Has only allowed 2 earned run in his last 10 outs, 12 innings pitched picking up 1 win and 3 saves. 

Josh Tobias: Hasn’t had a ton of action but is hitting .321 in his last 10 games with 28 at-bats. .305 average on the season with Pawtucket in 118 at-bats.

Three Down:

Dan Runzler: The veteran was selected by the IL league offices into the mid-season all-star game. Since then Runzler has gotten roughed up on the mound allowing 6 earned runs in one outing, and 3 earned runs in the outing before that. ERA is now 5.96 in 22.2 innings pitched for Pawtucket this season. 

Josh Ockimey: Ockimey hit his 16th home run of the year on Sunday but batted .214 in his last 10-games and .212 on the season in 226 at-bats. 

Jenrry Mejia: Mejia’s ERA on the season is 6.75 and is 12.10 in his last 10 games. Mejia has essentially cost Pawtucket a handful of games here with 4 losses in his last 10 games and worked his way out of the closer role only recording 7 saves in 13 opportunities. 

Get There Early

The PawSox will be hosting fireworks for all-three games and will have a special Rhode Island themed night on Monday. 

On Monday they will become the Hot Wieners for the second time this year and reveal a new one-night name change for a game that will be played in August. 

Last season this three-game set averaged over 10,000 fans per game. 

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