PawSox Hold Off Tides for Win at McCoy

PawSox news release…

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Pawtucket plated an 8th inning run on Justin Henry's sacrifice fly and held off the Norfolk Tides 5-4 to take game one of the four-game series at McCoy Stadium in front of 5,248 fans.


Falling into second place in the North Division for the first time since May 16th, the PawSox hosted the Norfolk Tides at McCoy in hopes getting back into the win column.


Pawtucket would strike early in the first inning against knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa. After three straight walks with one out, Drew Sutton drove home two with a single to right field to give the PawSox a 2-0 lead.


The PawSox sent their 2nd knuckleballer, Charlie Haeger, to the hill and he got off to a hot start allowing just two base runners over the first four innings. But, on the first pitch of the 5th, Jonathan Schoop blasted a solo homer (#5) to cut the Pawtucket lead to 2-1.


In the bottom of the 5th, Pawtucket answered with a pair of runs, one on an RBI single by Will Middlebrooks and plated another as Mark Hamilton bounced into a double play giving the PawSox a 4-1 advantage.


Norfolk scored got within two in the 6th as Jason Pridie led off the inning with a triple and scored on a ground out by Yamaico Navarro to bring the tally to 4-2 in favor of the PawSox.


The PawSox loaded the bases in the bottom of the 6th with nobody out, but a ground out to third and a pair of strikeouts by former PawSox reliever Manny Delcarmen ended the frame with Pawtucket coming away empty.


Haeger began the 7th getting the lead-off batter, but allowed a solo homer to Ronny Paulino (#1) to make it just a one run game, 4-3.  Ryan Rowland-Smith, just activated from the disabled list Monday after missing a month with an appendicitis, walked the first man he faced. After a ground out, he walked another before throwing a wild pitch. But, a strikeout of Navarro kept Norfolk behind the PawSox 4-3.


Major League Rehabber Alex Wilson came in for the PawSox in the 8th and promptly allowed a single and a one-out RBI double to Alex Liddi to even the score 4-4.  With the go-ahead run at third and less than two out, Wilson got tough by striking out Schoop and getting Xavier Avery to ground out to maintain the tie.


The PawSox came right back in the bottom of the 8th as Dan Butler doubled and was pinch run for by Jonathan Diaz. After a ground out to second moved Diaz to third, Justin Henry delivered a sacrifice fly to give Pawtucket a 5-4 lead.


Veteran Brandon Lyon came in to convert the save chance allowing just a two-out single before striking out Eric Thames to end the game with Pawtucket holding off Norfolk 5-4.


Drew Sutton and Dan Butler each had a pair of hits to lead the Pawtucket 10 hit effort.   


The four-game series with Norfolk will continue Wednesday afternoon at 12:05pm. Pawtucket will send righty Allen Webster (5-3, 4.27) to the mound against Tsuyoshi Wada (2-5, 5.54) of the Tides.