In the words of Aerosmith . . .
It’s the same old story, same old song and dance, my friend.
Those are Aerosmith’s words, not mine, but Friday’s 3-1 loss to Columbus followed a painfully familiar pattern.
Pawtucket’s pitching was good enough to win, but the offense sputtered. After back-to-back singles by Chris Carter and newcomer Chris Duncan produced a run in the first inning, the PawSox managed one hit and no runs over the final 8 innings.
Ready for an unbelievable stat: It marked the 16th time (in 96 games) that the PawSox have finished with 3-or-fewer hits.
There was a silver lining – another great start by Michael Bowden.
(photos courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)
Bowden pitched 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs with no walks and 5 strikeouts. He hit 94 mph on the stadium radar gun and threw several good sliders. In two starts since his midseason “sabbatical,” Michael has allowed 4 hits and 2 runs in 12 IP for a 1.50 ERA.
For the season, he’s 3-5 with a 3.09 ERA. Realistically, he should probably have about 9 wins. Not too shabby for a 22-year-old in his first full year of Triple-A.
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The word going around the clubhouse is that Jonathan Van Every has decided to leave the Red Sox organization.
Van Every’s season ended in mid-June due to knee surgery. Boston took him off of the 40-man roster on July 8th to make room for Jed Lowrie, and released Jonathan 10 days later when the waiver period ran out.
The Red Sox wanted to bring him back next season, but we’re hearing that Van Every has agreed to a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. If that’s the case, let’s hope that JV is 100% healthy when he arrives in spring training and that he and Brandon Moss are teammates in Pittsburgh next year.
Van Every led the team with 26 HR in 2008, and is one of the most graceful centerfielders we’ve had the pleasure to watch in recent years in Pawtucket. Kelly O’Connor took this great photo of a HR-stealing catch than JV made last season.
Best of luck to a great guy and a terrific player.
I was also bummed (but not surprised) that Mark Kotsay was the odd man out, when the Red Sox activated Adam LaRoche.
I nicknamed Kotsay “The Fonz” during his rehab stint with the PawSox and it seemed to stick. (you can read about it here)
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Saturday night should be rockin’ at McCoy Stadium for Jon Lester Bobblehead Night. I hope you’ll join us for the radio call beginning with the pre-game show at 5:50 on the PawSox radio network and PawSox.com.
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