ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Rochester plated six first inning runs and cruised to a four-game sweep of the PawSox by winning the finale by a final score of 12-7 at Frontier Field.
Trying to avoid their first four-game sweep of the season, the PawSox and starter Rubby De La Rosa came out flat in the bottom of the 1st. After a lead-off walk to Antoan Richardson, he took off for second base as Doug Bernier hit a soft liner to shortstop Xander Bogaerts. The shortstop fielded the ball and threw off balance past first base allowing Richardson to score all the way from first base to make it a 1-0 game two batters in. A walk loaded the bases before De La Rosa struck out his lone batter. Jermaine Mitchell followed with a two-run single and Brian Dinkelman hit a ground-rule double to knock De La Rosa from the game after just a third of an inning.
Chris Carpenter entered with one out in the first an hit the first batter he faced before walking in a run. A Richardson RBI single capped the scoring in the first and gave Rochester a 6-0 lead. De La Rosa was tabbed with all six runs, all earned, in his shortest outing of the season.
Pawtucket got on the board in the 3rd against starter Vance Worley as Drew Sutton lined a double with two outs and Will Middlebrooks followed with an RBI single to make it a 6-1 game.
The Red Wings answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the third on RBI singles by Eric Fryer and James Beresford to bring the lead to 8-1 for Rochester.
The PawSox pushed another run across in the 5th. Jeremy Hazel led off with a single and moved to second on a ground out. Jackie Bradley Jr. then reached on an infield single and an error on the second baseman, who tried to bare hand the grounder, allowed Hazelbaker to score making it an 8-2 score.
Xander Bogaerts delivered a two-out RBI single in the 6th to cut the deficit to 8-3.
Rochester added two more runs to their tally in the 6th as Jermaine Mitchell launched a two-run homer, his first as a Red Wing, to bring the score to 10-3. PawSox reliever Clayton Mortensen had thrown two scoreless frames prior to the homer. He was removed after giving up the round-tripper in favor of the recently optioned infielder Jonathan Diaz. Diaz would not allow a run for the rest of the 6th inning but gave up two in the 7th to trail 12-3.
Pawtucket mounted a comeback in the 8th as Mark Hamilton led off with a solo homer to right. After a pair of singles, Xander Bogaerts blasted a three-run homer, his 5th of the season, to bring the Sox within five runs, 12-7.
That is how the game would end, in a 12-7 final. On a bright side, infielders Jonathan Diaz and Drew Sutton threw a combined three innings allowing just two runs, Sutton a perfect 1-2-3 8th.
The PawSox will head to Lehigh Valley to begin a four-game, three-day series beginning with a doubleheader tomorrow at 6:05pm with the conclusion of a suspended game from April 10th followed immediately by the regularly scheduled game.
Pawtucket will return to McCoy Stadium for a four game homestand prior to the All-Star Break against Rochester beginning Thursday, July 11th at 7:05pm through Sunday July 14th.