The PawSox season-opening 8-game road trip is almost over and we know the team will come home with at least a .500 record after Wednesday night’s 4-2 win at Rochester.
Two newcomers made impressive debuts.
Second baseman Travis Denker went 2-for-4 with a double, and pitcher Rocky Cherry earned the win with 3 outstanding innings in relief.
Rocky, by the way, is Cherry’s given first name and that was the subject of last night’s Fantastic Fun Fact on the broadcast.
As the story goes, his dad was named Pat and his uncle was named Jan. Since both names could also be girl’s names, they apparently got teased as kids. So his uncle suggested giving the baby boy a tough-sounding name and thus, he became Rocky.
Kudos to pitcher Hunter Jones on his first promotion to the big leagues. In 3 outings with the PawSox, the lefty retired all 11 batters he faced. He’s got to be exhausted though, after flying from Rochester to Oakland to join the team on Wednesday morning, before flying right back across the country with the Red Sox after the game.
I can guarantee this — Hunter is not complaining!
The PawSox are expected to make another roster move on Thursday before their 1:35 game against Rochester. Jeff Corsaletti injured his arm trying to make a diving catch a couple of nights ago and will probably be placed on the DL. Sean “Spike” Danielson is expected to be activated off of the DL to take his place.
Also, Clay Buchholz has a strained hamstring and will have his next start pushed back a few days. As a result, 2008 International League Pitcher of the Year Charlie Zink will start the home opener on 3-days rest.
Steve Hyder came away with another win in “Stump Steve” last night to improve to 5-2. We played “PawSox Who Am I” and here were the clues:
1. I played for the PawSox in 1995 and spent time in the major leagues with the Red Sox, Cubs, and Astros.
2. My given name is Karl, but I am known by my nickname.
3. What Frank Robinson did a record 8 times in his career, I did 3 times in 1994.
4. After failing to make the Cincinnati Reds in spring training in 2006, I retired. But I made a comeback in 2007 in Japan.
5. I am the all-time foreign-born HR leader in Japan.
The answer is Tuffy Rhodes (who hit 3 opening day homers off of Doc Gooden in ’94), and Hydes got it on the 4th clue.
Don’t forget, some great tickets are still available for opening night at McCoy Stadium on Friday. The PawSox do opening night festivities as well as any team in minor league baseball, and the first 3,000 kids (14 & under) will get photo baseballs. If you can’t make it, we’ll have TV coverage throughout Rhode Island on Cox Sports. I look forward to working with my good pal Bob Montgomery for the first time this season.
But first, one more game in Rochester and Kris Johnson gets the ball this afternoon. I hope you’ll join us for the radio call beginning at 1:20 on the PawSox radio network and PawSox.com.
We’ll bus home right after the game and should arrive at McCoy before midnight.
I can’t wait to see this handsome lad: