PawSox Score Early and Often and Win
The Pawtucket Red Sox scored single runs in the first through fourth
innings on Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis,
and hung on for the 4-2 win. The teams played under extreme conditions, with
temperatures that reached 98 degrees. In the first, Ryan Kalish smacked a
leadoff double, stole third base and scored on a single by Jose Iglesias. In
the second, a pair of Indians errors lead to the second run. In the third, Andy
LaRoche doubled and came home on a sacrifice fly by Scott Podsednik. In the
fourth, Nate Spears capped the scoring with a booming home run over the right
field fence. It was his eighth homer of the season. Indy scored both its' runs in
Veteran righthander Nelson Figueroa was a success in his Pawtucket debut. Figueroa worked into the sixth inning, surendering 2 runs on 5 hits. He earned the win. Alex Wilson, Clay Mortensen and another newcomer, Jose De La Torre cleaned up from the bullpen. De La Torre earned the save.
The win could prove to be costly for Pawtucket. Catcher Mike Rivera left the game in the third after being hit on the hand by a pitch. In the ninth, J.C. Linares was also hit by a pitch. He remained in the game.