PAWTUCKET (30-32) at SYRACUSE (28-34) 6:35 pm
Pawtucket Red Sox LHP Jalen Beeks (3-3, 2.56) vs. Syracuse Chiefs RHP John Simms (2-1, 2.67)
Sweep Dreams - The Pawtucket Red Sox bid for a 3-game sweep of the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA-Washington) when they close out the first stop on their 7-game roadtrip tonight at 6:35 pm at NBT Bank Stadium in downtown Syracuse. The PawSox have won the first two games the past two nights by 3-1 and 5-3 scores (rallying for 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning last night for the victory). Pawtucket has posted two 3-game sweeps this season…the first coming at home from April 20-22 vs. Gwinnett and the other in Norfolk over the Tides from May 29-31. That 3-game sweep in Norfolk marked Pawtucket's first such on the road since June 17-19, 2016 at Louisville. The Sox did sweep a 4-game series on the road last season (July 13-16, 2017) at Syracuse. The Sox have also swept a 2-game series this season (May 5 & 6 at home vs. Scranton/WB). They are 7-10-4 in their first 21 series of the season (7 wins, 10 losses, and 4 splits) having already clinched this series in Syracuse no matter the outcome tonight.
Coming Up Winners - Pawtucket has presently won 3 in a row, 5 of 7, and 11 of their last 16 games since May 27. A victory tonight would give them their second longest winning streak of the year behind only their season-high 5-game winning streak from May 27-31. The Sox have also won 3 straight on the road to match their longest road winning streak of the year (3 straight from May 29-31). The PawSox are presently 11-5 in their last 16 games since May 27. Before that, the Sox had lost 15 of their previous 19 games from May 7-26.
Moving On Up - The PawSox are now alone in 3rd-place in the IL North and just 5-games behind 1st-place Lehigh Valley…the Sox head to Allentown, PA to face the front-running IronPigs for 4-games beginning tomorrow night. The PawSox - who came into this series tied for 4th-place with the Chiefs - have worked their way up from 6th (last) place just over one week ago (June 5) to sole possession of 3rd-place which is their highest point in the division standings since May 11 when they were tied for 2nd-place.
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