PawSox Beat Bisons 3-1

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Charlie Haeger and the spectacular
defense of Jonathan Diaz aided the PawSox in their 3-1 victory over
Buffalo in front of 10,455 fans at McCoy Stadium Sunday afternoon.

After three and a half scoreless innings, the PawSox were the first
to strike. Jonathan Diaz would draw a lead-off walk from lefty Sean
Nolin, making his Triple-A debut, in the 4th inning. He'd
move to second base on a deep fly ball to center with two outs. Drew
Sutton then singled back up the middle with two strikes to score Diaz
and put PawSox in front 1-0.

Pawtucket added to their lead in the 5th as Jackie Bradley Jr. collected an RBI single scoring Jeremy Hazelbaker, who had singled and stole second base, making it 2-0.

Charlie Haeger was un-scored upon through the first five innings and
retired 15 of 17 batters before Clint Robinson lifted a solo home run,
his 2nd with Buffalo, to cut the PawSox lead in half, 2-1.

Haeger would end his outing after six strong innings of work allowing just a run on three hits while striking out five.  

In the 7th, Jackie Bradley Jr. blasted a solo homer, his 10th, to put Pawtucket in front by a pair, 3-1. It was his 2nd home run in the last eight days and his 2nd since returning from the disabled list.

The PawSox bullpen took it from there with Chris Martin tossing two
scoreless innings, Ryan Rowland-Smith retiring the only man he faced and
Anthony Carter recording the final two outs of the game to pick up his
19th save of the season.

Jonathan Diaz was hitless at the plate, but took away three potential
hits due to his stellar defense at shortstop. Jackie Bradley Jr. led
the way on offense with two hits and two RBI, while Drew Sutton had two
singles and an RBI, his 6th RBI in his last four games.    

The PawSox will continue a crucial four-game series with the Buffalo
Bisons Monday night at 7:05pm. Pawtucket currently leads Buffalo in the
Wild Card standings by 1.5 games with only 15 games remaining on the
schedule. Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 2.70) will start for the PawSox against
righty Kyle Drabek (1-0, 1.80) for the Bisons. The two teams have split
the first 14 games they've played, with Pawtucket going 4-2 at McCoy
Stadium.

The first 4,000 youngsters (aged 14 & under) coming to McCoy this
Tuesday night when the PawSox play Buffalo at 7:05 pm will take home a
PawSox back-to-school kit compliments of Citizens Bank, Pepsi, and LITE
Rock 105. The kit contains PawSox items such as a ruler, pencil, eraser
and other back-to-school items.

NOTES: The PawSox have won seven of their last eight, despite
snapping their six game winning streak Saturday night…With just 15 games
left on the regular season schedule, the PawSox will have nine of those
contests at home. All come against divisional rivals… Pawtucket is 2nd
in the league in Team Fielding Pct. as the Sox have made just 2 errors
in their last 8 games.