PawSox Beat Mud Hens to Finish Off 7 and 1 Road Trip

Ken Bell

kbell@abc6.com

PawSox news release…

TOLEDO,
OHIO — The Pawtucket Red Sox improved upon the International League's
best road record on Monday, concluding a 7-1 trip with a 5-4 win over
the Toledo Mud Hens in front of 9,587 at Fifth Third Field.

Pawtucket climbed a season-high 18 games over .500 with a 47-29 record
overall, while improving to 27-14 away from home.  On their just
completed swing into Ohio, the Sox swept a four-game series at Columbus
and lost the opener in Toledo, before winning the
next three.

The Sox captured their latest victory despite walking nine Mud Hens and,
in large part, because they drew seven walks of their own.  Bases on
balls figured prominently in Pawtucket's early scoring and late
insurance.

Against Toledo starter Ramon Garcia in the second inning, an infield
hit, walk and hit batsman loaded the bases for catcher Dan Butler, who
plated all three teammates with a double into the left-centerfield gap.

But wildness by Chris Hernandez, who entered in relief of rehabbing
starter Clayton Mortensen, enabled the Hens to erase the 3-0 deficit. 
An error, balk and four walks by Hernandez helped Toledo score twice in
the third inning alone.

The Hens tied the game in the fifth, following a two-out walk by another
reliever, Terry Doyle, who then surrendered a run-scoring double by
Mike Cervenak.

A half inning later, Xander Bogaerts singled off Garcia (L, 2-7),
prompting a pitching change.  Jess Todd entered for Toledo and
eventually allowed a go-ahead single by Jeremy Hazelbaker to make it
4-3.

The PawSox added the eventual decisive run in the eighth inning, thanks to four walks by three different Mud Hens.

Ahead 5-3, Anthony Carter opened the ninth bidding for his 12th save in
13 opportunities.  But three singles, including an RBI knock by Danny
Dorn, closed the difference to 5-4.  Carter (S, 12) induced a liner to
center by Cervenak, stranding runners on the
corners and preserving the decision for Doyle (W, 5-5).

It marked the PawSox's 12th one-run victory of 2013 and sealed the 20th one-run defeat for the Mud Hens.

The same teams shift their series to Pawtucket, where the Sox open a
season-long nine-game homestand Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  Brandon Workman
(2-1, 1.89) is scheduled to deliver the fist pitch, matched up with
Toledo's Shawn Hill (1-9, 5.61).