Clippers Come Back To Beat PawSox Sunday, Earn Four-Game Series Split
Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — In front of a third consecutive sell-out crowd, the Pawtucket Red Sox fell to the Columbus Clippers, 5-2, in the series finale on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium.
The PawSox (59-61) opened up a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but Columbus (63-58) scored a run in the sixth, two in the eighth and two more insurance tallied in the ninth to split the four-game set. Following sell-out crowds of 10,059 (Friday) and 11,515 (Saturday), the PawSox welcomed 10,065 more fans through the gates — the 10th sellout of the season. The three-day attendance total of 31,639 marks the largest August weekend attendance total at McCoy Stadium in seven years — since August 13-15 of 2010, when a total of 32,378 fans attended those three games at McCoy.
PawSox starter Jalen Beeks dazzled again in six innings of one-run ball in which he only ceded two hits and notched six more strikeouts. Between the first and sixth innings, the 24-year old southpaw retired 14 consecutive Columbus batters. Relievers Chandler Shepherd (L, 0-5) and Noe Ramirez each allowed two runs.
Clippers veteran starter Chris Narveson yielded two runs in his five innings, while four relievers, including Louis Head (W, 3-0) and Shawn Armstrong (S, 10), combined to quiet the PawSox.
The bottom third of Pawtucket’s order — shortstop Deven Marrero (2-for-4, R), second baseman Mike Miller (2-for-4) and catcher Jake Romanski (2-for-3, RBI, BB) — produced six of the offense’s nine hits.
PawSox right fielder Steve Selsky led off the bottom of the second inning by drilling a solo home run through the gusting wind to left field. Three batters later, Romanski supplied an RBI single to center to double the lead to 2-0.
In the sixth, Columbus cut the gap in half, 2-1, on an RBI groundout from No. 3 hitter Tyler Naquin.
Then in the eighth inning, the Clippers struck for a pair of two-out runs to surge ahead, 3-2, thanks to RBI singles from shortstop Michael Martinez and Naquin. Columbus added insurance in the ninth on an RBI single from center fielder Jordan Smith and a sacrifice fly from third baseman Yandy Diaz.
Following an off day Monday, the PawSox open up a seven-game road trip, beginning with Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Louisville Bats at 5:30 p.m. PawSox right-handers Justin Haley (2-0, 2.92) and Marcus Walden (10-4, 3.26) are scheduled to oppose Bats righties Tyler Mahle (2-3, 2.66) and Rookie Davis (1-2, 5.83). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the PawSox Pre-Game Show at 5:00 p.m.
The PawSox return home for the final homestand of the season August 21-27 (Monday-Sunday). Good seats are available, and fans can visit the McCoy Stadium box office, which is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., and during all home games. Fans can also call (401) 724-7300 or log on to PawSox.com for tickets.