Here is pre-game and in-game information from the Mud Hens' game vs. Pawtucket at Fifth Third Field on Sunday, June 22. Make sure to press “refresh” for updates throughout the contest.
Pawtucket Red Sox (45-29) at Toledo Mud Hens (32-45)
First pitch: 6 p.m.
Radio: 1230 AM, WCWA. Click here to listen on the Internet.Gameday: Click here to follow the contest pitch-by-pitch.
PAWTUCKET: Leading off and playing CF is Jackie Bradley Jr., followed by Drew Sutton at 1B, Mitch Maier at DH, Bryce Brentz in LF, Alex Hassan in RF, Xander Bogaerts at SS, Jonathan Diaz at 3B, Justin Henry at 2B, Alberto Rosario at C and RHP Alfredo Aceves as the starting pitcher.
MUD HENS: Leading off and playing CF is Ben Guez, followed by Alex Avila at DH, Jordan Lennerton at 1B, Nick Castellanos in LF, Danny Dorn at RF, Mike Cervenak at 3B, Danny Worth at 2B, Brad Davis at C, Argenis Diaz at SS and LHP Pat Misch as the starting pitcher.
Once Pawtucket took Alfredo Aceves out of the game, the Mud Hens rumbled a little bit. Nick Castellanos doubled into the right-center gap, and Danny Dorn hit a bullet back up the middle that Red Sox reliever Chris Martin was lucky to knock down before getting the out at first. Then Mike Cervenak lined a shot up the middle that zipped past Martin for an RBI single. But that was it as the Hens lost to the Red Sox 7-2.
Pawtucket added a run in the ninth as Xander Bogaerts homered off the base of the scoreboard off Hens reliever Blaine Hardy. Toledo comes to bat in the bottom of the ninth trailing 7-1.
Pawtucket starter Alfredo Aceves gives up a one out double to Argenis Diaz, who now is 2-for-3 with a 13-game hit streak, but struck out the batters around Diaz. Then Alex Avila came to bat and took four straight pitches outside the strike zone for a four-pitch walk. Aceves finished off the inning with a called third strike on Jordan Lennerton (pitched looked low). We move to the ninth with the Red Sox in front 6-1.
Another Mud Hens debut in the eighth as Blaine Hardy entered the contest. Hardy gave up a leadoff single and a two-out double but escaped further damage.
The Mud Hens again are retired in 1-2-3 order with two more strikeouts by Alfredo Aceves. Aceves is at 92 pitches through seven, and no one is warming up in the bullpen. Pawtucket leads 6-1 as we move to the eighth.
Toledo starter Pat Misch does return and gives up a single before retiring the last batter he faced, former University of Toledo standout Mitch Maier. He was relieved by Justin Souza, who struck out the first batter he faced before struggling. Souza gave up a walk and an RBI single to Xander Bogaerts before getting the final out. As we move to the seventh-inning stretch, Pawtucket now leads 6-1.
SIXTH INNINGAlex Avila fouled off the first pitch he faced, then hit a fly ball deep to the track in left that was caught, making him 0-for-3 on the day. Pawtucket starter Alfredo Aceves then retired the next two hitters as well and has thrown just 76 pitches, 52 of which were strikes. The Red Sox lead 5-1 as we head to the seventh.
With one out Nick Castellanos made a nice running catch on a sinking line drive by Justin Henry, and with two outs Alberto Rosario singled. But that was it for the Red Sox in the sixth. Toledo starter Pat Misch has thrown 96 pitches through six innings, so his day may be ending soon.
The Mud Hens get a two-out single by Argenis Diaz, but that's it as Toledo trails 5-1 after five innings. Bad news for Toledo: Pawtucket starter Alfredo Aceves has thrown just 69 pitches through five innings, so he's not going anywhere.
Well, we don't have a 1-1 game any more as Pawtucket sent eight batters to the plate and scored four times. With one out Alberto Rosario slammed a home run to left center, and Jackie Bradley Jr. lined a double to deep right before scoring on a single by Drew Sutton. Then with two outs Bryce Brentz pounded a long home run to straight-away center. The Red Sox now lead 5-1.
Pawtucket's Xander Bogaerts is a talent, but he was a little over-aggressive in giving the Mud Hens a baserunner. With two outs and no one on Danny Dorn hit a bloop to center that Bogaerts and centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. both raced to. Bradley actually stopped as Bogaerts got to the ball ... and wasn't able to catch it. Generally the centerfielder makes that play. But it didn't hurt Pawtucket as we move to the fifth in a 1-1 game.
Mud Hens starter Pat Misch retired the Red Sox in 1-2-3 order and needed just 11 pitches to do it. Misch has thrown 65 pitches so far, 43 for strikes.
The Mud Hens tie the game and avoid a near costume malfunction. With one out Brad Davis lined a ball to deep center and seemed to be in danger of running out of his shirt as he ran around the bases. Davis kept his shirt on and made it to third safely, then scored on a groundout by Argenis Diaz (the infield was back). The Alex Avila at-bat in the third saw him take a strike and a ball before flying out to left. We're tied at 1-1 as we move to the fourth.
Pat Misch gave up a leadoff single to Jackie Bradley Jr., then a two-out wild pitch pushed a runner to second. But Misch collected two strikeouts and kept the game at 1-0 as the Mud Hens move to the third.
The Mud Hens again are retired in order, although Mike Cervenak hit a two-out smash to third base that Jonathan Diaz stopped with a fine play. The Red Sox lead 1-0 as we move to the third.
Pat Misch found trouble in the second when he gave up a single to Bryce Brentz and walked Alex Hassan. Misch got Xander Bogaerts to hit into a double play to alleviate the pressure, but then walked Jonathan Diaz. Misch seemed to escape the jam when he got Justin Henry to hit a grounder to second, but Danny Worth misplayed the ball for an error that allowed Brentz to score. Pawtucket takes a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the second.
Pawtucket starter Alfredo Aceves returned the favor in the bottom of the first, retiring the Hens in 1-2-3 order. The only problem for Aceves -- and it certainly wasn't a serious one -- came after two outs when Jordan Lennerton worked Aceves for a nine-pitch at-bat before taking a called third strike. No score as we move to the second. The Alex Avila at-bat in the first saw him a ball and foul off a pitch before hitting a high popup on the infield.
Mud Hens starter Pat Misch retired the Red Sox in 1-2-3 order in the first, using just 12 pitches to get the job done.
- Let's start with an apology to Mud Hens OF Nick Castellanos, who I took to task for his play in the outfield Saturday. Click here and read the second note if you want to see what I said.
Here's what I learned about the play in the ninth inning: Castellanos lost the ball in the lights. Given that, the fact that Castellanos kept coming for the ball and tried to make the catch is rather impressive -- he could have been hit anywhere on his body on that play, including his face. ... A more experienced outfielder in left may have known how to handle those lights, but Castellanos is still gaining that experience.
However ... as I read my analysis, I wish I would have mentioned a ball hit by Pawtucket's Bryce Brentz in the 10th. The situation was this: Mitch Maier was on first base with no one out when Brentz hit a fly ball to left. Maier went half-way to second, but the ball eventually dropped near the warming track for a single that moved Maier to second. I believe that ball needs to be caught. But let's end on this thought: Castellanos is still learning, and he has both good and bad days.
- Alex Avila has joined the Mud Hens on a rehab assignment. Toledo manager Phil Nevin said Avila will serve as the Hens' DH tonight and tomorrow, and he probably will catch Tuesday when Toledo begins its series in Pawtucket. Judging by that pattern, I'd say the idea is to give Avila to get sharp at the plate while allowing him to remain sharp at the plate -- while getting a little bit of a rest.
- Finally, here are a few links from Saturday’s game. Click here to read the game story. Click here to read the notebook from Saturday's contest, which includes a look at the Fifth Third Fanatic Freeze, All-Star voting, and more. Click here to view the in-game blog from the contest. And click here to view Jeremy Wadsworth’s photo gallery from the game.