PawSox Club Bulls In Saltalamachia’s Debut
PawSox Bull Their Way to 12-0 Win
There was one out in the bottom of the first inning at McCoy Stadium and the fans in attendance who looked up saw that the scoreboard was already reading 7-0 Pawtucket.
The game could have ended there, and essentially did, but instead the PawSox tacked on five more runs over the final eight innings to beat the Durham Bulls 12-0 and snap the Bulls' 11-game win streak.
Nine of the first ten batters to come to the plate for Pawtucket reached base in that first inning, and centerfielder Josh Reddick had a pair of hits to pace the seven-run explosion.
The seven runs scored in the first inning were the second most runs scored in an inning this season for Pawtucket. In the sixth inning of the game on May 9 at Charlotte, the PawSox plated eight runs in what was ultimately an 8-3 Pawtucket victory.
Pawtucket knocked Durham Bulls' starting pitcher Brian Baker around for ten runs, nine of which were earned, to tag the lanky righty with his second loss of the season. Baker entered the game with a 7-1 record before absorbing the loss and saw his ERA go from 2.56 at the beginning of the game, to 3.58 when his night was over. Baker threw 79 pitches over three innings of work, surrendering eight hits and walking four and left with his team trailing 10-0.
The evening's offensive star for Pawtucket was Reddick who recorded four hits and was robbed of a fifth by Durham's shortstop Elliot Johnson on a sensational diving stop on a hot-shot, one-hopper in the hole. Reddick had a single, two doubles and a home run, and he finished the game with five RBI and two runs scored to cap off his four-hit night. Robert Coello, Pawtucket's starting pitcher, had his outing overshadowed by the PawSox offense coming to life early in the ballgame. In six innings of work Coello scattered five base-runners on two hits, one walk, and two HBP. None of those five runners crossed the plate. Coello struck out nine Bulls, and his nine strikeouts was one shy of his season high of ten which came June 22 against Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
The game marked the debut of two new PawSox. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, acquired by the Red Sox organization Sunday in a trade deadline trade from the Texas Rangers organization, walked in his first plate appearance but was retired in his next four trips to the plate to record an 0-for-4 in his first appearance as Pawtucket's newest catcher.
Yamaico Navarro was called-up from double-A Portland just prior to the ballgame and entered as a defensive replacement for shortstop Gil Velazquez in the seventh inning. In his lone at-bat Navarro popped-up to the catcher for the second out of the eighth inning. The 12 runs scored by the PawSox equaled the season-high 12 runs scored in a 12-4 victory May 7 at Charlotte. The 12-run margin of victory was Pawtucket's largest of the season.
Pawtucket and Durham will conclude their four-game series Tuesday afternoon beginning at 12:05 p.m. Starting for the PawSox will be Adam Mills (2-7, 4.47 ERA) while the starter for the Bulls is projected to be Joe Bateman (3-0, 2.10 ERA).