Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release
MOOSIC, Penn. — Pawtucket Red Sox catcher Mike Ohlman bashed a pair of home runs to pair with six shutout innings from his batterymate William Cuevas, as the PawSox rebounded late and held on to defeat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 5-4, on Friday night at PNC Field.
Ohlman, who has now hit safely in six straight games as the team’s backup catcher, supplied the only offense through six innings with a pair of solo blasts, notching the first multi-homer game for a Pawtucket player so far this season. But the RailRiders (13-14) dug out of a 3-0 hole to tie the game in the seventh, only for the PawSox (13-12) to respond with a pair of runs in the eighth. The RailRiders threatened in the ninth, but the PawSox escaped with a thrilling win in the second matchup of the home-and-home, four-game series.
Cuevas, for his part, spun six shutout innings and only yielded three hits and a walk to go along with four strikeouts. The 27-year old right-hander has logged at least five innings and hasn’t allowed more than two runs in four of his five starts. Cuevas retired 10 straight RailRiders from the second through fifth innings before allowing a slow-roller behind the mound for an infield single with two outs in the fifth. Cuevas had to navigate stormy waters in the sixth, as the RailRiders placed runners at second and third on an error and walk. But Cuevas went off-speed to strike out Scranton/Wilkes-Barre designated hitter Kyle Higashioka and preserve the lead through six stanzas.
PawSox reliever Kyle Martin (W, 3-1) retired all four batters he faced for a second consecutive outing. Fellow righty Ryan Brasier (S, 2) allowed a run in the ninth but stranded two to secure the victory.
RailRiders starter Chance Adams, who turned in a sterling 2017 season, dealt six innings of two-run work, but reliever Brady Lail (L, 3-1) walked four and allowed two runs and two hits in an inning.
Ohlman started the scoring in the top of the first when he tagged a solo home run the opposite way to make it 1-0.
The teams swapped zeroes through the middle innings until Ohlman led off the top of the sixth by drilling the second pitch of the frame for another solo jack to left-center.
PawSox designated hitter Jeremy Barfield (2-for-3, R, 2B, BB) greeted longtime big leaguer Oliver Perez in the seventh by clubbing a one-out double to the left-center wall. Barfield then scored when shortstop Chad De La Guerra slapped a single into left field, where Scranton’s Zack Zehner committed an error that made it 3-0.
The RailRiders cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single from Zehner that scored third baseman Billy Fleming, who had advanced to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later, No. 2 hitter and second baseman Thairo Estrada delivered a game-tying, two-run single on a hit-and-run that reeled in the trail baserunner, Tyler Wade, from first base.
After surrendering the lead, Pawtucket promptly reclaimed it. With runners at first and second with one out, third baseman Jordan Betts laced an RBI double down the left-field line to push the PawSox ahead, 4-3. On the very next pitch, left fielder Ramon Flores raced home from third on a wild pitch that skipped toward the first-base dugout.
In the bottom of the ninth, longtime MLB veteran Adam Lind poked an RBI pinch-hit single through the middle to cut Scranton’s deficit to one, 5-4.
The PawSox continue the four-game, home-and-home series with the RailRiders on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at McCoy Stadium with fireworks to follow. Pawtucket right-hander Chandler Shepherd (0-2, 7.36 ERA) is scheduled to oppose RailRiders lefty Josh Rogers (2-2, 3.00 ERA). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM and 104.7 FM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with PawSox Insider at 4:45 p.m.
The PawSox complete the home-and-home series, hosting the RailRiders on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Both games are part of the “Evil Empire Weekend” during which fans named Joe or Kelly will be admitted for free to the games, while fans self-identifying as Tylers or Austins will be banned from the premises. 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.