Pawtucket Red Sox (Brandon Duckworth 8-6, 3.94)
vs. Gwinnett Braves (Erik Cordier 4-8, 5.35)
Game of the Day – Red Sox vs. Braves – Now this was a toughy given all of the great options out there today, but I’m thinking even if any other local teams were playing that we’d still go with this one as things are getting hot and heavy in the I.L. North race. The PawSox (69-52) still maintain a ½ game lead over Lehigh Valley thanks to some well placed rain over the weekend that forced the IronPigs (69-53) to suspend two different games. Brandon Duckworth will look to follow up Matt Fox’s gem from yesterday and help the PawSox take 3 of 4 from Gwinnett. He has not factored into a decision in his last two starts after rattling off four straight wins. Tonight will be Duckworth’s 21st start of the year and first against the Braves. Gwinnett throw Erik Cordier at the PawSox bats, in hopes of splitting the four game set. In his last six starts he has a 2-3 record and has allowed 20 runs and 23 walks, but in the one game where he didn’t get a decision he allowed only one hit over six innings versus Norfolk, but also allowed 5 walks in the process. Since the All-Star break Cordier is 1-3 with a 7.53 ERA and he has a 17/19 strikeout-to-walk ratio…Pawtucket is 5-2 on their current road trip which wraps up tonight. They return to McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night to start a four game series against the Columbus Clippers (77-45) who own the best record in the International League. Pawtucket has 21 games remaining in the regular season, 12 of which will be played at McCoy.
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