PawSox Club the Mud Hens in Toledo

PawSox news release…

(Toledo, OH) – Pawtucket sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the seventh inning to blow open a close game and propel the PawSox past the Toledo Mud Hens, 11-2, Thursday night at Fifth Third Field in the opener of a four-game series. 

After leading the game 2-1 through six innings, the Pawtucket collected six hits and drew three walks in the seventh against three different Toledo pitchers.  Corey Brown (two walks) and Mike McCoy (single, two-run double) each reached base twice in the seventh inning.

Pawtucket (50-46) won its fourth consecutive game for just the third time this season.  All-Star Anthony Ranaudo (10-4) started and pitched five stressful innings as he became just the second pitcher in the International League to reach double-digit victories.  Ranaudo allowed a first-inning run (Tyler Collins RBI double) and a total of six total hits with four strikeouts.

Brown’s RBI double in the second against Toledo starter Kyle Lobstein (6-9) tied the score at 1, then Ryan Roberts RBI single in the third put the PawSox in front for the first time.  The score remained 2-1 until the seventh inning, when the first six batters reached base for Pawtucket on a leadoff walk to Brown and five consecutive hits.

Jonathan Herrera’s RBI single plated Brown to make the score 3-1, then after an Andre Torres single loaded the bases Travis Shaw grounded a two-run single to right.  Roberts followed with an RBI double for the fourth run of the rally, and two outs later Brown’s bases-loaded walk made the score 7-1.  McCoy capped the 42-minute half inning with a two-run double.

Brown finished off the night with a two-run home run (13) in the ninth against position player Danny Worth of Toledo.  He drove home four runs while Herrera and Torres each collected three of the PawSox’ 16 hits.

Game two of the series is scheduled for Friday night with first pitch at 7:00 pm.  Left-hander Chris Hernandez (4-7, 3.63) is slated to start for the PawSox against Toledo righty Drew VerHagen (6-7, 3.66).