Rotten In Rochester

The PawSox were awful on Monday night at Rochester.


Actually, I don’t think awful is a strong enough word.  How about atrocious?  Or ghastly? Or abysmal?


I think you get the picture.


In a 12-5 loss to the Red Wings, Pawtucket committed a season-high 5 errors, allowed 17 hits, and wasted a pair of home runs by Chris Carter.


That’s about as bad as it gets right?




Believe it or not, I’ve seen worse.  In fact, this wasn’t even the most painful loss I’ve witnessed in Rochester.


In my four years as a PawSox announcer, perhaps the strangest loss occurred on August 7, 2006 at Frontier Field.


Pawtucket had an 8-4 lead with one out to go, when Jermaine Van Buren got Andres Torres to ground out to second base for the final out of the game.


The PawSox poured out of the dugout and began the post-game handshake routine.  I had just blurted out my usual, “there’s a ‘W’ in Pawtucket tonight,” when I noticed home plate umpire Adrian Johnson frantically waving his arms.


The game wasn’t over.  The ump ruled that PawSox catcher Alberto Concepcion was guilty of catcher’s interference, negating the final out and sending Torres to first base to load the bases.


You can probably guess what happened next.  Terry Tiffee drilled a grand slam to force extra innings, and Pawtucket lost the game in the 10th on an RBI double by Quinton McCracken.


It’s the only time I’ve seen the losing team celebrate on the field.


Now that’s what I call abysmal.


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I received a great casting suggestion for “Heard if from Hoard” the movie.


In the role of Michael Bowden.


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(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)


We have actor Ewan McGregor.


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Keep the ideas coming!  You can post them in the comments section or e-mail them to


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I know it’s going to be a few years before he wears a Pawtucket uniform, but I’m excited to see how well Portsmouth’s Ryan Westmoreland is doing in his first professional season.


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(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)


Westmoreland, a 5th round draft pick last year, was 3-for-3 for the Lowell Spinners on Monday night with a single, triple, and home run.  For the season, he’s batting .293 with 3 HR, 17 RBI, and a .412 OBP.


I had the pleasure of broadcasting one of his high school basketball games on Cox Cable a couple of years ago.  Who knows, perhaps I’ll be broadcasting his baseball games in the future.


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I hope you’ll join us for the radio call on Tuesday as the PawSox look to bounce back against Rochester.  Pre-game coverage starts at 6:50 on the PawSox radio network and



  1. sittingstill

    I think “ghastly” works just fine for last night. It sounded grim; I suspect I should be grateful we listeners couldn’t SEE it!
    And I definitely agree with McGregor as Bowden. Not only does he have the right look, but I think he’s well qualified to play both the fiercely intense on-the-mound pitcher and the truly wonderful and friendly off-day player.

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