Red Wings Jump Out To Early Lead In Win Over PawSox
Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Despite long balls from Brian Bogusevic and Matt Dominguez and a rally in the ninth inning, the Pawtucket Red Sox could not overcome an early offensive outburst from the Rochester Red Wings in a 6-4 loss Friday night at Frontier Field.
Down in a 5-0 hole after two innings, the PawSox (65-74) cut within two runs in the third and again in the eighth, only to fall to Rochester (79-60) in the opener of the season-ending four-game series. Pawtucket placed runners at first and second with two outs in the ninth inning, and Dominguez bounced a ball to third base, where Rochester’s Leonardo Reginatto fielded and fired to second to narrowly get a forceout on Bogusevic who slid in on a bang-bang play.
Dominguez (2-for-5, HR) recorded his third straight multi-hit game, a stretch in which he’s now 7-for-14, upping his average to .265 and his OPS to .712. Bogusevic (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI), meanwhile, launched his three-run blast in the third to keep Pawtucket within striking distance.
Pawtucket starter Brian Johnson (L, 3-4) scuffled early — eventually yielding five runs on seven hits and a walk in his six innings — but only allowed a pair of baserunners over his final four frames.
Rochester starter Aaron Slegers (W, 15-4), a former college teammate of Red Sox first baseman Sam Travis at Indiana, piled up 10 strikeouts over 6.2 innings of three-run ball. Twins rehabbing southpaw Dietrich Enns (1.2 IP) and righty Alex Wimmers (S, 7) helped cement the victory.
Rochester snatched a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run homer to left field from cleanup man Byung-Ho Park.
In the second, the Red Wings loaded the bases for leadoff man Matt Hague, who hooked a two-run double into the left-field corner to double the lead to 4-0. Center fielder Levi Michael then lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to make it 5-0.
After Pawtucket catcher Jake Romanski and shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin singled consecutively in the third, Bogusevic smoked a three-run shot to right-center field, trimming the deficit to 5-3.
Rochester stocked the bases full again in the bottom of the seventh, and Park supplied a sacrifice fly to center to extend the lead to 6-3.
Leading off the top of the eighth inning against Twins rehabber Dietrich Enns, Dominguez rapped a solo homer down the right-field line to make it a two-run deficit.
The PawSox continue their four-game series in Rochester on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. PawSox right-hander Héctor Velázquez (8-4, 2.23) is scheduled to oppose Red Wings righty Felix Jorge (0-1, 4.50). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with PawSox Insider at 4:35 p.m.