PawSox Drop Saturday Night Showdown With Indianapolis
Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release
INDIANAPOLIS — A late rally fell short for the Pawtucket Red Sox with the would-be tying and go-ahead runs aboard in the ninth, as the Indianapolis Indians hung on for a 5-3 win Saturday night at Victory Field.
The Indians (58-49) scored a run in each of the first five innings, after which the PawSox (54-52) scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to cut within two and loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth. Indianapolis, however, secured its first win in the third matchup of the four-game series.
Pawtucket’s second, third, and fourth hitters in the lineup — first baseman Ryan Court (3-for-4, 2 R, BB), designated hitter Sam Travis (2-for-5, R, RBI) and left fielder Bryce Brentz (2-for-4, 2 RBI) — led the 12-hit outburst.
PawSox starter Héctor Velázquez (L, 6-3) surrendered five runs on eight hits in five frames, while All-Star left-hander Edgar Olmos contributed two perfect innings.
Indianapolis starter Nick Kingham (W, 5-6) cruised through seven innings of one-run ball in which he scattered eight hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a Pawtucket hitter, and righty reliever Dovydas Neverauskas (S, 11) sidestepped danger in the ninth.
Indianapolis began the scoring in the bottom of the first when right fielder Joey Terdoslavich delivered an RBI double to make it 1-0.
In the second, Indians shortstop Gift Ngoepe stroked an RBI triple. Then in the third, cleanup man Danny Ortiz connected on a solo homer to stretch the advantage to 3-0.
Pawtucket climbed on the board in the fourth when Court scored from third on an RBI groundout from Brentz.
Indianapolis nabbed a run back to vault ahead 4-1 in the home half of the fourth when Ngoepe pulled a solo shot to left.
Indians first baseman Edwin Espinal bounced an RBI single up the middle in the fifth for his first Triple-A hit.
The PawSox inched within two, 5-3, in the top of the eighth when Court, Travis and Brentz strung together three consecutive doubles.
Pawtucket loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth for Travis, who bounced a ground ball up the middle, where Ngoepe ranged well behind the second-base bag and threw from the right side of the base to complete a smooth play to cement the Indians victory.
Pawtucket concludes its eight-game road trip Sunday at 1:35 p.m. against Indianapolis at Victory Field. PawSox right-hander Justin Haley (1-0, 3.63 with Rochester) is scheduled to oppose Indians righty Tyler Glasnow (6-0, 1.46). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the PawSox Pre-Game Show at 1:05 p.m.
The PawSox return home Tuesday to begin a three-game series through Thursday. Good seats are available, and fans can visit the McCoy Stadium box office, which is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., and during all home games. Fans can also call (401) 724-7300 or log on to PawSox.com for tickets.