PawSox End Road Trip by Winning 7 of 8 Games

PawSox news release…

(Lawrenceville, GA) – Pawtucket’s Matt Barnes pitched a career-high eight innings and allowed only one run while Travis Shaw’s three-run home run paced the offense as the PawSox topped the Gwinnett Braves, 5-1, Thursday night at Coolray Field to win the four-game series and finish a 7-1 road trip. 

Barnes limited the Braves to seven hits and did not walk a batter while striking out three.  The right-hander tossed 102 pitches.  Shaw blasted a three-run shot (10) down the line in right against Gwinnett starter Kanekoa Texeira (3-4) to open the scoring in the top of the third.

With the victory, Pawtucket (71-55) moved a season-high 16 games above .500 and to within a half game of first place behind Syracuse in the North Division, pending the result of the Chiefs game against Charlotte.  The squad moved 2.5 games ahead of Rochester in the IL wildcard standings pending the results of the Red Wings contest against Durham.

Alex Hassan lined a solo home run in the fifth (7) against Texeira, who was charged with four runs and eight hits in his 6.2 innings of work.  Garin Cecchini provided an insurance run with an RBI double in the eighth off of reliever Gus Schlosser.

Brayan Villarreal pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning including a strikeout to finish the series victory.  The PawSox have now won four of their five road series since the All-Star break and have the league’s best road record at 38-28.

Pawtucket next returns to McCoy Stadium for an eight-game homestand beginning Friday night with the opener of a four-game series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The PawSox are slated to start lefty Henry Owens (1-0, 3.09) while Scranton will counter with righty Bryan Mitchell (3-1, 2.88).