Butler Home Run Too Late As PawSox Fall To Bisons

Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release


Buffalo, NY – Buffalo starting pitcher Liam Hendriks retired 17 of the 18 batters he faced in a dominant outing and the Bisons held off a late rally to beat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field to win their second straight in the four-game series. 

Hendriks (2-0) combined with reliever Rob Rasmussen to retire 15 consecutive PawSox batters between the second and seventh innings. The right-hander allowed only a two-out single to Garin Cecchini in the second and struck out four to win in his first start as a Blue Jays farmhand.

Pawtucket catcher Dan Butler clubbed a two-run home run (1) with two out in the eighth against reliever Marcus Walden to bring the deficit down to one run, but the PawSox were retired in order by Chad Jenkins in the ninth to finish the Buffalo win. Jenkins recorded his first career save.

The Bisons scored one run in the third and two more in the fourth against Pawtucket starter Chris Hernandez (0-1). Steve Tolleson's two-out RBI single opened the scoring in the third, then Kevin Pillar's run-scoring triple with one out in the fourth doubled the lead.

The next batter was Jared Goedert, who grounded an RBI single just past a drawn-in infield on the left side to plate Pillar with the Bisons' final run of the day. Hernandez earned a quality start by throwing six innings and allowing three runs on five hits.

Butler, Ryan Lavarnway, Cecchini and Christian Vazquez collected the four hits for Pawtucket. No Bisons batter collected more than one of the team's six hits.

The finale of the series is slated for a 1:05 pm first pitch on Sunday afternoon, as Buffalo tries to win three out of four. Right-hander Allen Webster (1-1, 2.79) will get the start for Pawtucket, while lefty Sean Nolin (1-0, 1.59) is expected to start for the Bisons. Radio coverage on 920 AM (WHJJ) and also streaming online begins at 12:50 pm.

Following the eight-game road trip the PawSox return to McCoy Stadium for eight straight beginning Friday night, April 18 against Buffalo. Limited tickets are available for all of the upcoming games at the McCoy Stadium box office, by calling (401) 724-7300 or by visiting pawsox.com.