Error Costs PawSox in 10th, Lose 3-2
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – After scoring in the top of the 10th
to take a 2-1 lead, Rochester came back and scored twice in the bottom
half to walk-off on the PawSox for the second straight night, this time a
3-2 victory at Frontier Field.
After being shutout in 10 innings the previous night, the PawSox
wasted no time getting on the scoreboard early Saturday night. Jackie
Bradley Jr. led off with a single and Drew Sutton followed suit with a
single. A groundout moved both runners up a base before Will
Middlebrooks singled up the middle to score Bradley Jr. and give the Sox
a 1-0 lead.
Starter Steven Wright would dominate from there tossing seven
scoreless innings allowing just five total base runners. He incurred
just two jams, one in the 4th where a dazzling catch by Jackie Bradley Jr. got Wright out of trouble. And in the 5th
a runner reached second base with one out, but Wright did not allow the
runner to move further. Wright has now thrown 17.2 scoreless innings
dating back to June 26 against Toledo.
Anthony Carter, one of two PawSox All-Stars, came in out of the bullpen in the 8th
and promptly allowed a lead-off double to Ray Olmedo. A sacrifice bunt
saw runners reach first and third as the Sox tried to get the lead
runner and failed. After a pop out, Doug Bernier blooped a single into
shallow right scoring Olmedo to tie the game 1-1.
The PawSox mounted a threat in the 9th as Bradley Jr. led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but a strikeout and a ground ended the inning.
Anthony Carter allowed a one out walk, a steal and tossed a wild
pitch to put the winning run at third with two outs, but got a groundout
to send the game to extra innings for the second straight night.
Pawtucket received a one our walk from Justin Henry and Xander
Bogaerts, on a hit and run, singled to left putting runners on the
corners. Alberto Rosario laid down a perfect squeeze bunt scoring Henry
to give the Sox a 2-1 lead. After another walk loaded the bases with two
outs, Drew Sutton bounced out to end the inning, but the PawSox held a
Pedro Beato entered for Pawtucket in the 10th and walked
the lead-off batter. After a sacrifice advanced the runner to second,
Beato struck out Bernier for the second out. Chris Colabello was
intentionally walked to set the stage for last night's hero, Jeff
Clement. On a 1-0 pitch, Clement singled to right to score the tying run
and put the winning run at third. A walk loaded the bases for Eric
Farris. On a 1-1 pitch, Farris hit a ground ball to Justin Henry at
second base which would have ended the inning with the game tied, but
Henry had the grounder hit the palm of his glove and kick away far
enough for the winning run to score.
It was the second straight night that Pawtucket received a great
start from a starting pitcher, but the bullpen could not hold the lead
on this night in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings.
The PawSox will conclude their four game series with Rochester, and
try to avoid a four-game sweep, tomorrow afternoon at 1:05pm. Pawtucket
will send All-Star Rubby De La Rosa (2-1) to the mound against Vance
Worley (5-3) of Rochester in the series finale.
Pawtucket will return to McCoy Stadium for a four game homestand
prior to the All-Star Break against Rochester beginning Thursday, July
11th at 7:05pm through Sunday July 14th.