PawSox reduce magic number to clinch division to three
PAWTUCKET â€“ With all roads leading to the PawSox qualifying for the Governorsâ€™ Cup playoffs for a third straight season, it raises the question of what kind of squad manager Gary DiSarcina will have at his disposal when the second season arrives.
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To that end, DiSarcina admitted Wednesday that heâ€™s had brief conversations with Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett about how many players Pawtucket stands to lose on Sept. 1, which is the first day Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters.
â€śI donâ€™t think internally theyâ€™ve decided on whoâ€™s going up, but Iâ€™m assuming that weâ€™ll lose some guys. I donâ€™t know how many and at what positions,â€ť DiSarcina said. â€śThatâ€™s the tough thing about being in Triple A and making the playoffs.â€ť
As DiSarcina has said on several occasions, the Red Sox arenâ€™t going to call up players for the simple reason of rewarding them for a job well done. To that end, the skipper didnâ€™t seem to disagree with the names of several candidates that figure to join the big club not long after Sept. 1.
From the bullpen, Rubby De La Rosa, Jose De La Torre and Pedro Beato appear locks. The third catching slot figures to get scooped by Ryan Lavarnway while Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. figure to be added for infield and outfield depth purposes, respectively.
â€śWeâ€™ve dealt with losing starters and position players all year, but the bottom line is for the Red Sox to win the World Series,â€ť said DiSarcina. â€śIf that means taking eight guys, then take eight guys and weâ€™ll deal with it as we go.â€ť
Thanks to Drew Suttonâ€™s timely home run, the PawSox took another positive step in securing the division title. Suttonâ€™s blast on the first pitch of the eighth inning helped snap a 4-all tie and propel the locals to a 5-4 triumph over Syracuse.
Pawtucketâ€™s magic number to clinch the I.L. North now stands at three games after Rochester took care of Buffalo, 5-2.
The PawSox enjoyed a 4-1 lead after two innings. Infielder Heiker Meneses tripled in two runs in the bottom of the second.
Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger was lifted after five innings of one-run ball and seven strikeouts. His bid to win his fifth game of the season went by the boards after the Chiefs scored three times in the seventh off of Pedro Beato.
Anthony Carter worked around a two-out base hit in the ninth on his way to locking down his 23rd save.
Brandon Snyderâ€™s first rehab game consisted of three hitless at-bats, two of which were strikeouts. DiSarcina said that Snyder is scheduled to see time in the field over the next three days before getting re-evaluated.
Clay Buchholz will be at McCoy Stadium Friday night, making the first of two expected rehab starts for the PawSox. The second one would take place the following Wednesday, which would be Game 1 of the Governorsâ€™ Cup semifinals. According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, Buchholz will throw between 50-55 pitches.
Anthony Ranaudo was originally in line to start for Pawtucket on Friday. Itâ€™s possible that he could piggyback Buchholz or get pushed back to make the start Saturday night. If Ranaudo does get an additional day of rest, that would translate into Allen Webster taking the mound Sunday in Lehigh Valley.
EXTRA BASES: Alex Wilson was all smiles after completing his second bullpen session in three days Wednesday. The right-hander hopes to appear in a game by the end of the week. The Red Sox never reset Wilsonâ€™s rehab clock, which expires this Friday â€¦ Alex Hassan (fractured right finger) ran the bases and hit Wednesday, a development that has DiSarcina optimistic that the outfielder could be nearing the end of his time on the disabled list. â€¦ Outfielder Quintin Berry, the player the Red Sox received from Kansas City in exchange for Clayton Mortensen, was expected to arrive at McCoy Stadium at some point Wednesday night. DiSarcina said that Berry will be added to the roster Thursday. The PawSox will have to make a second move to get pitcher Matt Barnes on the active roster, as the right-hander will make his Triple-A debut Thursday against the Chiefs.
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