PawSox Beat Chiefs with Big Bats and Solid Pitching

PawSox news release…

(Pawtucket, RI) – Allen Webster pitched six shutout innings allowing only three hits and Justin Henry and Ryan Lavarnway clubbed back-to-back home runs as the Pawtucket Red Sox topped the Syracuse Chiefs, 7-1, Tuesday night in front of 2,675 fans at McCoy Stadium. 

The PawSox (4-2) have taken the first two contests of the three-game series and clinched a winning seven-game homestand with their fourth victory.  Webster (1-1) recorded ten groundball outs as he bounced back from a loss in the season opener on Thursday.  He walked two and struck out three in his 83-pitch outing.

Pawtucket struck early against Syracuse starter Omar Poveda (0-1) by scoring three times in the first inning.  After consecutive walks to Brock Holt and Alex Hassan, Poveda allowed an RBI double to Henry.  One batter later Bryce Brentz lined a two-run double off the center field fence to make the score 3-0.

After a sacrifice fly from Peter Hissey in the fourth inning plated the PawSox' fourth run, Pawtucket erupted for three quick runs in the fifth to knock Poveda from the game.  Hassan led off with a double and Henry followed with a two-run blast to right, his first of the season.  Lavarnway then homered to right into the visiting bullpen to complete the PawSox scoring.

Tommy Layne followed Webster with two scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth innings, and Drake Britton allowed a run on a bases loaded walk to Manny Burris in the ninth that broke up the shutout bid.

The series and homestand finale will be an afternoon matinee Wednesday with first pitch slated for 12:05 pm.  Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo (0-0, 2.25) will get the ball for manager Kevin Boles, while lefty Danny Rosenbaum (0-1, 7.20) is expected to start for the Chiefs.