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Paronto Tosses Gem Against Quebec Capitales

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Former UMass hurler Chad Paronto tossed a gem on Wednesday night, throwing all nine innings as the Pittsfield Colonials earned their first win of the second half with a 10-1 rout of the Quebec Capitales.

Paronto, who is 5-4 on the year, set a career high with nine innings pitched. He scattered 10 hits allowing just one run and tied a career high with nine strikeouts in the contest.

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Berkshire Eagle: Paronto Powers Colonials To Victory

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Chad Paronto lost his first three starts for the Pittsfield Colonials, but kept on saying that things would get better. This must be what he meant.

The right-hander (3-3) won his third straight start to even his record as the Colonials rallied to beat the Newark Bears 5-3 on Tuesday.

Paronto went six innings Tuesday, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits. T.J. Wink, the fourth Pittsfield pitcher, threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his first professional save.

In his last three starts, Paronto has pitched 20 2/3 innings and has given up four earned runs on 18 hits, for an earned-run average of 1.75. That compares most favorably with the righty's first three starts, where he gave up 14 earned runs in 16 innings and had an ERA of 7.88.

On Tuesday, Paronto walked only two and struck out seven. He threw 112 pitches, 72 for strikes.

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Paronto Tosses First Career Complete Game Shutout

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Chad Paronto pitched the first complete game shutout of his 16-year professional career in game one of a doubleheader as the Pittsfield Colonials defeated the New Jersey Jackals 9-0 on Wednesday.

He threw 87 pitches, on the night, 63 of them strikes. He did not walk a batter and struck out four for the win. Paronto (1-3) allowed six hits, with no walks and six strikeouts in his first complete game since July 9, 2000.

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The New England Collegiate baseball league opened last night with current UMass catcher Tom Conley helping the Keene Swamp Bats to a 7-0 win in a rain-shortened contest against the Vermont Mountaineers. Conley hit fifth in the order and was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

On the day his younger brother was drafted, former Minuteman hurler Mike Gedman unfortunately took the loss for the Worcester Tornadoes after walking the leadoff hitter on a 3-2 pitch in the eighth inning vs. Chad Paronto's Pittsfield Colonials. The Colonials rallied for a 6-4 win.

Finally, Matt Torra will be on the bump tonight as the Reno Aces open a four-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Torra will put his 4-0 record on the line against Sky Sox RHP Esmil Rogers (0-0, No ERA), who is on a Major League rehab assignment.

An Entertaining Blog Entry On Paronto

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Dan Hoard's, tv/radio broadcaster for the Pawtucket Red Sox, latest blog post is an interesting read on former PawSox pitcher, UMass' own, Chad Paronto, who will be making his debut with the Pittsfield Colonials this thursday night as the team's opening night starter.

"The 35-year-old pitcher, who has appeared in 177 major league games with the Orioles, Indians, Braves, and Astros, has agreed to come out of retirement to be a player/coach for the Colonials. Chad lives in Pittsfield with his wife and two children.

'I really wanted to coach-slash-teach,' Paronto said.  'I guess I'm called the pitching coach, but I just want to teach guys how to pitch a little bit, and share some of the ideologies that I've come across in the 16 years that I've played.  I think it's going to be exciting...and the stadium is only about eight-tenths of a mile from my house.'

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Republican: Former Minuteman is now a Colonial

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Bill Buckner won't be the only former big leaguer in town Saturday when the Brockton Rox meet the Pittsfield Colonials in a Can-Am League exhibition at Forest Park (2 p.m.)

Buckner's the major celebrity as manager of the Rox. As for the Colonials, they have Chad Paronto, a former University of Massachusetts pitcher who spent parts of seven seasons in the majors as a middle reliever.

Paronto, 35, has a dual role as pitcher and pitching coach.

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After pitching seven season in the major leagues, Chad Paronto is coming home.

The 35-year-old city resident signed a contract with the Pittsfield Colonials in dual roles as pitching coach and starter.

Despite having been invited to spring training by multiple professional clubs, Paronto decided to hang up his professional career to be closer to his family.

"I know that I can pitch in the big leagues but that's the least of my concerns," Paronto said at a press conference Friday. "I chose to retire for my family."

Last season, Paronto led the Pawtucket Red Sox in appearances with 54 and posted a 4.22 ERA out of the bullpen. But at the end of the year, he said he began thinking of retiring in order to spend more time with his children.

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An Entertaining Blog Entry On Chad Paronto

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Pawtucket Red Sox TV/radio broadcaster Dan Hoard's latest entry on his blog, Heard It From Hoard, is entirely dedicated to former Minuteman pitcher Chad Paronto, who was a member of the PawSox this past season.

Paronto had a weekly radio segment on the team's radio broadcasts called "Hangin' With Chad" that featured him interviewing his teammates. (Listen to the segments here)

Click here to read the blog posting, which includes a link to this video, which prominently features Paronto.

Examiner Roundup of UMass Minutemen Playing Pro Baseball

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This past summer, seven former UMass baseball players were in action in the minor leagues, including Nick Serino and Bryan Leigh, who both spent their first summers in pro ball.

Serino and Leigh joined Mitchell Clegg, Matt Torra, Ron Villone, Chad Paronto, and Nick Gorneault as former Minutemen getting paid to play the national past time.

Check out this piece from, recapping the 2010 minor league season for all seven UMass baseball alumni.

Paronto Helps PawSox Win Fifth Straight

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Former Minuteman Chad Paronto helped the Pawtucket Red Sox to their fifth straight win over the weekend, pitching one hitless inning of relief in a 2-0 victory over the Rochester Red Wings.

Paronto is currently 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 71.0 innings pitched on the season.

Chad Paronto Presents Teammate With Unusual Award

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Former UMass hurler Chad Paronto is mentioned in this piece on PawSox teammate Jarrod Saltalamacchia who was just called up to the Red Sox and has the longest surname in Major League Baseball history.

Gordon Edes writes that, "Saltalamacchia learned about his call-up around 2:30 a.m., after the PawSox arrived by bus in Allentown, Pa., from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. For the ride, he wore a special sweater, acquired by Pawtucket pitcher Chad Paronto, awarded in the clubhouse to the player deemed the star of the game.

'It's a sweater he made, bought in a convenience store,' Saltalamacchia said, momentariliy abashed by the sweater's notoriety. "It says 'Meowy Christmas.' [PawSox pitcher] Rich Hill loves cats, but we decided to make it a team thing. The first night Rich Hill won it, which was good. Last night it was me. I was very excited, thrilled."

Torra Leads Pacific Coast League In Innings Pitched

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According to the Diamondbacks Farm Report on, former UMass pitcher Matt Torra has won his last three starts and leads the league with 147.1 innings pitched. Torra is 8-6 on the season with a 3.97 ERA.

Another UMass baseball alum playing in AAA, Chad Paronto, threw two shutout innings of relief for the Pawtucket Red Sox in a 2-1 loss to the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees last night. Paronto is 3-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 64.0 innings pitched.

Clegg Featured In Springfield Republican

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The Springfield Republican has a sensational feature on UMass alum Mitchell Clegg. The 2009 alum is 8-1 this year with an ERA of 2.60 in 16 games, including nine starts, for Hagerstown. In 72.2 innings he allowed 69 hits and 15 walks with 43 strikeouts. The story also mentions UMass' other products in the minors: Matt Torra, Chad Paronto, Nick Gorneault and Doug Clark.

Chad Paronto Leads PawSox In Appearances

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The Manchester Union Leader mentions that Woodsville, N.H., native, former Minuteman Chad Paronto leads the Pawtucket Red Sox with 37 appearances. Paronto is 3-5 with a 4.12 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 54.2 innings pitched.

Paronto Has 1.17 ERA In Last 10 Games With PawSox

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Checking in on veteran Chad Paronto with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Paronto has allowed just one run in his last six games and has a 1.17 ERA in his last 10 games. That has lowered his overall ERA to 4.03 along with the 3-5 record.
UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Syracuse Chiefs vs. the Pawtucket Red Sox and fellow alum Chad Paronto. The PawSox won the game though, 8-2 on Thursday. Villone has 5.97 ERA for Syracuse.

Chad Paronto In Pawtucket Times

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Chad Paronto, currently relieving for the Pawtucket Red Sox, is mentioned in this column in the Pawtucket Times.

Chad Paronto Contributes to PawSox Shutout

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Chad Paronto worked 1.2 innings in a combined 8-0 shutout of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Saturday.