PAWTUCKET – Some clubhouse reaction from Pawtucket’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:
“That’s a big play. To take the out right there … maybe (Lin) has a play at the plate, but to take the out when you’re up like that, that’s huge to get us out of the inning. Those are the little things you keep harping on. We watched J.D. Drew do that the other night and to see those guys do those sorts of things … those are things that need to be done at the big-league level. At this level it’s called development.”
Beyeler on Matt Fox gutting his way through five innings after throwing 50-plus pitches in the first two frames:
“For him to hang in there to give us five innings, that’s a veteran guy who helps his team out. Instead of going three and bailing and now we have to get into the ‘pen early … he did a nice job.”
Drew Sutton on his first game back after missing the previous month with a dislocated finger (Sutton served as Pawtucket’s DH Friday, going 1-for-3 with a run scored):
“There were a couple of worries, wondering how I would feel if I hit a ball off the end or like (Friday) when I got jammed and the bat broke. I really didn’t feel anything so that’s a good sign.
Sutton laughed when told by a reporter he looked like a deer when he went from first to home on Ryan Lavarnway’s double in the third inning.
“I’m trying to keep up with everything else. I’ve been running and hitting for a week, but I’ll completely take it after not seeing live pitching for a month.”
Beyeler says he expects that Sutton will play the field Saturday.
“You play a game and see how it feels. You play in the field and see how it feels after that, but (the finger) feels fine and the movement … I’m encouraged.”
Matt Fox on the PawSox having to wait another day before officially clinching a playoff spot.
“Everybody wants it to happen already so we can maybe prepare for the playoffs instead of worrying. It’s in our own hands. If we win, we’re in. We’re just going to take it one game at a time. Our goal is to win (Saturday) and we do that I think we have a pretty good shot of getting in. That’s the main goal.”