Paw Sox Are Shutout Again As The Offense Scoring Slump Reaches 23 Innings
The Paw Sox offensive struggles continued on Tuesday night as they lost 7-0 to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. This was the first time the Paw Sox have been shutout in consecutive games since 8/6-7/2015. Those were 4-0 and 5-0 losses at McCoy Stadium to the Syracuse Chiefs. The Paw Sox haven’t scored since the 2nd inning of game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Rochester Red Wings. That is 23 consecutive scoreless innings for the Paw Sox offense.
The only bright spot for the Paw Sox offense was Rusney Castillo who had 3 base hits. This is after his 16 game hitting streak was snapped on Monday night. Hit only out tonight was a loud fly ball to deep right field.
Paw Sox starting pitcher Jalen Beeks looked really impressive tonight. He went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, and 9 strikeouts on 105 pitches (63 strikes). He pitched very well, and none of those runs should have counted.
Iron Pigs Scoring
The Iron Pigs started their scoring in the 5th inning as Pedro Florimon hit a 2 run double. You could have made the argument that it should have never happened. When Florimon hit the fly ball towards the right field line, Brian Bogusevic had to make a running catch to try to catch to get the out. The ball ended up bouncing off his glove which allowed 2 runs to score.
Then in the 7th inning, Beeks gave up a lead off single to Hector Gomez. After a strike out to Angelo Mora, Beeks was lifted from the game for Jamie Callahan. Later in the inning with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd, J.P. Crawford hit a single up the middle to allow Gomez to score. However, on that same play Osmel Aguila was thrown out trying to get to 3rd base on the 8-5 fielders choice.
The Iron Pigs ended up scoring 3 runs off of Callahan in the 8th inning. Then in the 9th inning, they scored another run off of Noe Ramirez.
Paw Sox Slumping Offense
“We’re expanding the zone at this point. We have to get ourselves back on track. I think the effort level has ticking up a little bit, and some of our at bats aren’t very competitive at this point. i think its a little bit self induced. i think we’re trying to do a little bit too much and we’re seeing guys press a little bit right now. But I think we’re a better offensive club then what we have show the last few days.”- said Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles after the game
You have to assume that this bad offensive showing isn’t going to last long for the Paw Sox. They have hit extremely well at home before this home stand. You have to assume that this wont continue much longer. We will find out tomorrow night at 6:05pm as the Paw Sox look to avoid the sweep form Lehigh Valley. Marcus Walden pitches for the Paw Sox as Cesar Ramos pitches for the Iron Pigs.