Moreland Plays Five Innings, PawSox Hold Off Knights Friday

Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Josh Smith tossed 6 shutout innings as the Pawtucket Red Sox (40-57) took game one of this three game series with the Charlotte Knights (52-46) by a 4-3 final.

Smith went 6 innings for a second-straight start. The righty did not allow a walk, but he allowed only 2 hits. Charlotte did not get a runner to second base against Smith.

Pawtucket got a pair in the fifth to break the scoreless tie on a two-out, two-run single from Rusney Castillo.

They got two more in the sixth inning thanks to a two-run, line-drive home run to left-center field for Bryce Brentz.

In the seventh, Charlotte scored three runs and got the tying and go-ahead run to scoring position, but Bobby Poyner struck out Luis Robert, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the fifth-best prospect in all of baseball, to strike out.

The PawSox pitching staff (Smith, Shawaryn, Poyner, and Kelley) struck out 13 Knights, tying a season-high for the staff.

Playing for a second time on his rehab assignment, Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland (right quad strain) went 0-for-2 with a walk.

The PawSox continue this three-game series with the Knights tomorrow at 6:15 p.m.

Tom, the first 3,000 fans will receive an Alex Cora World Series Champion Bobblehead, thanks to Bristol County Savings Bank and WEEI-FM. Margaritaville-themed fireworks will follow the game.

Pawtucket left-hander Kyle Hart (5-3, 3.18) is scheduled to oppose Knights lefty Kyle Kubat (1-1, 6.00).

The game will be televised live on myRITV and Charter TV3. Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM and 104.7 FM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the pre-game show at 5:45 p.m.

This 12-game homestand represents the longest scheduled homestand for the PawSox in 27 years – since a 12-game homestand in 1992 (from July 29 – August 9). 

Sunday, July 21, is another Family Funday, which will include pre-game catch on the field from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and post-game run the bases. Sunday also marks the annual Touch a Truck event presented by Advance Auto Parts.

Good tickets 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 for tickets.