PawSox MagicNumber at 3 after Win over Chiefs
PawSox news release…
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Drew Sutton's solo homer in the bottom of the 8th gave the PawSox a 5-4 victory over Syracuse in front of 6,022 fans at McCoy Stadium Wednesday night.
Syracuse wasted no time getting to PawSox starter Charlie Haeger in the 1st inning. Lead-off man Eury Perez singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Jeff Kobernus to take a 1-0 lead.
The PawSox would respond in the bottom half of the 1st as Jackie Bradley Jr. reached on an error. Another error by Syracuse put runners on the corners when Ryan Lavarnway bounced into a double play to tie the game 1-1.
In the 2nd, Pawtucket had runners at first and second with two outs when Heiker Meneses tripled to right field scoring a pair and giving the PawSox a 3-1 lead. Bradley Jr. followed with an RBI single to left to make it 4-1.
Haeger got out of a huge jam in the 4th after he loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. But, the knuckleballer notched a pair of strikeouts to escape trouble with no damage done. He allowed a couple of base runners in the 5th as well, but a fly out and strikeout got him through five frames allowing just the 1st inning run. He would match a season high with seven strikeouts while walking three and allowing seven hits. Syracuse stranded eight men on base while Haeger was on the mound.
Pedro Beato pitched a scoreless 6th before encountering trouble in the 7th. Danny Espinosa led off with a single, and, with one out, Beato Walked a man and allowed another single load the bases. Jose De La Torre would enter out of the bullpen and allow a sacrifice fly to Zach Walters to bring the score to 4-2. Josh Johnson then singled to right with two strikes to score two runs and tie the game 4-4.
In the 8th, Drew Sutton blasted the first pitch he saw from reliever Mark Lowe over the right field fence for a solo homer, his 2nd of the year, to give Pawtucket a 5-4 lead.
Anthony Carter wrapped up the victory allowing just a single in a spotless 9th picking up his 23rd save of the season.
The PawSox will continue their four-game series with Syracuse on Thursday night at 7:05. Pawtucket's starting pitcher is still to be determined, but the Chiefs will have righty Yunesky Maya (8-7, 3.91) on the hill.