By Scoop Fox
Happy Happy Hump Day folks. That's right, it's Wednesday. The Paw Sox have the day off today, but that won't stop you from getting your weekly PawSox update. So here we go...
State of the Paw
Right now, the Paw Sox are sitting pretty in first place of the North Division at 37-27, a full three games ahead of Buffalo. While they are only 17-14 at home, Pawtucket boasts a record of 20-13 on the road.
On the diamond, Top 10 prospect Bryce Brentz leads the team in at-bats (229), hits (64), home runs (12), and RBIs (45). Jeremy Hazelbaker still leads the team in steals with 16 swipes in 19 attempts (ties him for fifth in the IL) and strikeouts (58). Infielder Drew Sutton leads the team in walks (29), while Infielder Brandon Snyder leads the team in runs scored (32), batting average (.299). DH Mark Hamilton leads the team in slugging percentage (.529), OBP (.392) and OPS (.921).
On the mound, Allen Webster leads the way for all Pawsox starting pitchers with a 5-1 record, an ERA of 3.38 with 50 strikeouts. Starters Chris Hernandez is the workhorse of the rotation, putting in a team high with 63.1 innings pitched and is tied with Rubby De La Rosa for most games started with 9. Relief pitchers Pedro Beato and Ryan Rowland-Smith continue to shore up the bullpen, Beato is 4-1 in 19 appearances, and a 1.89 ERA, while Rowland-Smith is 3-0 in 19 appearances with a microscopic ERA of 0.76. Anthony Carter has been solid in the ninth inning, notching a team high 9 saves thus far as well as leading all pitchers with 23 game appearances.
The Paw Sox roster has been in flux lately, due to Boston's injuries as well as thereturn of Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino. The following moves took place this week:
6/8/13: Shane Victorino was called up to Boston after finishing his rehab assignment. Boston sent Jackie Bradley Jr. down to Pawtucket after just 9 days with the big club.
6/9/13: Paw Sox sent Ryan Dent down to the Portland Sea Dogs (AA).
6/11/13: Boston Red Sox called up PawSox RHP Jose De La Torre to replace RHP Clay Mortenson, who is on the DL with a right groin strain. This will be De La Torre's second stint up in Boston. He was called up May 9th and pitched in two games as a relief pitcher, going 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA, 1 BB, and 2 Ks in 2.0 innings.
Look to the Future
Though the Paw Sox have the day off today, they will pick things up with a quick four game homestand against their North Divisional rivals, the Buffalo Bison from June 13-16 Then it's an Ohio roadtrip as the Paw Sox will be in Columbus from June 16-20 to take on the Clippers and then in Toledo from June 21-24 to take on the Mud Hens. Their next home series will be June 25-27 when they face the Toledo Mud Hens.
This is Scoop Fox, signing off.
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