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Pregame preview: PawSox vs. Rochester, Game 3

Posted by Craig Forde  September 6, 2013 05:46 PM

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So far it has been first team to seven runs wins in the best-of-five first round matchup between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings. With the first two games on their home turf, Rochester took game one, 7-1, but feel last night, 7-2, as the PawSox squared the series at a game apiece.

The series now shifts to Pawtucket, with game three’s first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Knuckleballer Steven Wright gets the starting nod for the home team tonight and will be opposed by Boston College product Pat Dean. We will have a live, running blog of tonight's action, so please check back and feel free to leave comments as the PawSox look to defend their Governors' Cup title.

GAME NOTES: Matt Barnes was announced as the Saturday’s game four start for Pawtucket. He will be opposed by Rochester’s Scott Diamond who went 4-0 in six starts for the Red Wings. Barnes had a solid Triple-A debut versus Syracuse, striking out seven over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. “He pitched really well. Very similar to Ranaudo, very similar to Workman. Very aggressive, focused, threw strikes and he pitched a big game for us. He deserves [the start],” said PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina. “It’s a good experience for him.” … The team arrived back to the region at 5:30 a.m. following Thursday night’s win. “It was a little early,” said DiSarcina. “We’ve had 24, 25 games in a row where they are sort of like playoff games, so a lot of intense games. It’s good to make sure they get some rest.” … After 21 starts for Pawtucket this season, Allen Webster made his first relief appearance in the series opener, throwing one scoreless inning. It is a role that DiSarcina plans to keep him in through the duration of the playoffs. “He’s throwing strikes inside to right handed hitters,” said DiSarcina. “He looked comfortable, he looked confident and he threw strikes.” … As noted by the Rochester Red Wings, in the last eight seasons, 13 of 16 teams have gone on to win their first round series after winning game one. Pawtucket won the first game of their first round series versus Scranton/Wilkes-Barres last season and went on to sweep. In 2011 they lost their first round opener versus Lehigh Valley and were swept.

STARTING LINEUPS

Rochester Red Wings
RF Jermaine Mitchell
2B James Beresford
SS Eduardo Escobar
1B Chris Parmelee
DH Jeff Clement
CF Aaron Hicks
LF Eric Farris
3B Ray Olmedo
C Eric Fryer

LHP Pat Dean

Pawtucket Red Sox
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
1B Drew Sutton
LF Alex Hassan
DH Mark Hamilton
RF Bryce Brentz
C Dan Butler
2B Brock Holt
3B Jonathan Diaz
SS Heiker Meneses

RHP Steven Wright

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