PAWTUCKET â€” The soccer fields at the McKinnon/Alves complex can handle the kind of rain that pelted its plush grass on Tuesday afternoon.
â€śThe city really did a great job with these fields,â€ť Tolman coach Jack Couto said after his Tigers opened their league season with a 2-0 victory over Moses Brown. â€śIt was great we were able to get this game in today.â€ť
The Tigers and Quakers played through a scoreless first half before Tolmanâ€™s Manny Wongen, a speedy forward, broke through for a pair of goals in the second half.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. â€” Starting Wednesday night the Pawtucket Red Sox â€” whatâ€™s left of the club, that is â€” will dead aim at the Governorsâ€™ Cup trophy, which is presented to the top International League team following the conclusion of two best-of-five series.
Game 1 of the opening round brings the division champion PawSox to Allentown, Pa., home of fellow I.N. North foe and wild-card entry Lehigh Valley. The first two games are at Coca-Cola Park with the final three to be played at McCoy Stadium over the weekend.
PAWTUCKET â€” Bring on the IronPigs!
The playoff-bound Pawtucket Red Sox completed their regular season quietly on Monday afternoon, finishing 20 games above .500 at 81-61 after rolling to a 7-3 win over Rochester.
The PawSox will begin a best-of-five playoff series Wednesday night at Lehigh Valleyâ€™s field in Allentown, Pa. against an IronPigs team that lost 10 of 16 games to Pawtucket during the regular season. Lehigh Valley nailed down the wild-card with a 4-1 rain-shortened win over Syracuse on Monday.
PAWTUCKET â€” While the Pawtucket Red Sox were celebrating their International League North division championship on Saturday night, Club President Mike Tamburro found himself thinking about the franchiseâ€™s late owner, Ben Mondor.
â€śI was definitely thinking of Ben,â€ť Tamburro admitted on Monday. â€śI know heâ€™s somewhere up there celebrating.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Arnie Beyeler had everything figured out â€“ or so he believed prior to discussing his baseball career ambitions with Brad Mills a few years back during spring training.
At the time Beyeler was managing in Double-A Portland while Mills served as Terry Franconaâ€™s bench coach in Boston. One day the pair engaged in some casual chatter when the minor-league skipper revealed what he considered the pinnacle: coaching third base for a major league club.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Want to truly understand why the Pawtucket Red Sox are playing meaningful games in September for the first time in three years and are winners of the I.L. North for the first time since 2003? Here are several items that stand out based on the observations of this particular scribe.
1). Run prevention
PAWTUCKET â€“ As his players danced to loud music while taking swigs of beer in the other room, Arnie Beyeler stood in the managerâ€™s office, his t-shirt completely soaked after several players cornered him near the visitors dugout and dumped beer all over him.
The fruits of victory are sweet if youâ€™re the Pawtucket Red Sox. The locals clinched the I.L. North Saturday night after rallying for a 12-7 victory past Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The division title is the franchiseâ€™s first since 2003 and the fifth since 1991, when division play was introduced in the International League.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Some clubhouse reaction from Pawtucketâ€™s 4-3 win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday night, a win the leaves the locals a combination of one win and a Lehigh Valley loss away from clinching the I.L. North
Manager Arnie Beyeler on throw by centerfielder Che-Hsuan Lin in the eighth inning that cut down the potential tying run at third base:
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox will have to wait just a little bit longer to call themselves Northern Division champions.
The PawSox kept up their end of the bargain after holding on for a 4-3 win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday night at McCoy Stadium. Thanks to Lehigh Valley staging a 2-1 walk-off win over Buffalo, the magic number for the PawSox to officially clinch the division stands at a lone game.
Some things I think I think:
If the Gwinnett Braves earn the International League wild-card playoff berth this weekend, they probably wonâ€™t have ace pitcher Julio Teheran available for their first-round series against Pawtucket. The Atlanta Braves reportedly will use their top minor league prospect next Thursday in a doubleheader against the New York Mets.