Eight Runs In Eighth Inning Pushes Clippers Past PawSox

Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release

Columbus, OH – Despite back-to-back home runs from Blake Swihart and Deven Marrero and six strong innings from starting pitcher Hector Velazquez, the Columbus Clippers used an eight-run eighth inning to come from behind and defeat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 11-4 on Friday night at Huntington Park.

Pawtucket (60-65) held a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, but the Clippers (65-60) would send 13 batters to the plate against two hurlers who were pressed unexpectedly into action for the PawSox. 

The rally gave Columbus the final 11 runs in the contest after Swihart and Marrero’s fourth-inning blasts against Clippers starter Julian Merryweather made it 4-0 Pawtucket.  Carson Smith, in his fourth appearance with the PawSox during his injury rehab assignment from Boston, tossed a scoreless inning in relief.

After cruising through the first three innings, Merryweather wobbled in the fourth.  After the right-hander issued consecutive walks to Bryce Brentz and Ryan Court, Swihart blasted a three-run homer to right (4) that put the PawSox ahead, 3-0.  It was his first since returning from the disabled list on Sunday.

The next hitter Deven Marrero then slammed a solo shot to right field, and the PawSox led, 4-0.  Marrero (2-for-4) was involved in back-to-back homers against the Clippers for the second time in a week, as he followed Dan Butler for a long ball last Saturday at McCoy.

Velazquez yielded a pair of infield hits with one out in the bottom of the fourth and paid a hefty price.  Richie Shaeffer lofted a three-run, opposite-field home run (27) that brought the Clippers within a run.

Marcus Walden (10-6)- who started the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday in Louisville – was pressed into action because of lack of available relievers and took the mound in the eighth inning.  Nellie Rodriguez led off the inning with an opposite-field home run that tied the game, 4-4. 

Michael Martinez then reached on a ground ball to second before Walden retired Yandy Diaz on a grounder to first.  After Tyler Naquin walked, Ronny Rodriguez singled to left to plate Martinez and push the Clippers ahead, 5-4.  Eric Stamets’ two-run double pushed Columbus to a 7-4 advantage; a passed ball gave them an eighth tally.

After Walden walked Adam Moore – the ninth hitter of the inning – infielder Mike Miller was summoned from the bullpen.  In his fourth pitching appearance of the season, Miller allowed an RBI single to Martinez and a two run double to Diaz that capped the scoring and gave the Clippers an 11-4 lead.

The PawSox continue their three-game series with the Columbus Clippers on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at Huntington Park. PawSox left-hander Jalen Beeks is scheduled to start. Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the PawSox Insider Show at 5:45 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.