PawSox Outlast Bisons In Extra Innings

Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release

 

Buffalo, NY – Pawtucket rallied for two runs in the top of the twelfth and six hurlers combined on a 12-inning three-hitter as the PawSox defeated the Buffalo Bisons, 7-5, in a four-hour marathon Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field to salvage a split in the four-game series. 

After Christian Vazquez's sac fly and Heiker Meneses' RBI double gave Pawtucket the lead, position player Justin Henry came in to pitch the bottom of the twelfth and retired the side in order on only six pitches to earn a save in his first career pitching appearance. 

Pitchers Allen Webster, Dalier Hinjosa, Drake Britton and Brayan Villarreal at one point combined to retire 16 consecutive Bisons hitters between the fourth and ninth innings. Buffalo did not record a base hit after the leadoff batter in the fourth.

With the game tied at 5 in the twelfth, Dan Butler led off with a walk against reliever Chad Jenkins (0-1). Garin Cecchini then drove a ball to left field that hit off the glove of Brett Carroll and fell to the ground leaving runners on second and third with none out.

Vazquez followed by lifting his sacrifice fly to left to plate Butler with the go-ahead run. After Mike McCoy struck out, Meneses delivered his third hit of the game, an opposite field double to right that gave Henry an insurance run to work with.

Pawtucket had earlier lost three separate one-run leads, 1-0 after the top of the third, 4-3 after the top of the fourth and 5-4 after the top of the seventh. The PawSox carried that 5-4 edge into the bottom of the ninth, but the Bisons loaded the bases against Villarreal on three consecutive one-out walks.

Buffalo tied the score when Chris Resop got Steve Tolleson to ground out to first on Ryan Lavarnway's diving stop for the second out of the inning. Resop later pitched a scoreless tenth, while lefty Tommy Layne (1-1) pitched a perfect eleventh to earn the win.

Mike McCoy contributed a big two-out, three-run double in the fourth to bring the PawSox (6-5) back from an early 3-1 deficit. Lavarnway's RBI single in the seventh gave Pawtucket the lead against Mickey Storey.

The eight-game road trip continues for the PawSox with a trip to Rochester for four games against the Red Wings. Monday's opener is scheduled for a 7:05 pm first pitch, with right-hander Brandon Workman (NR) starting against righty Trevor May (0-0, 1.81). Radio coverage on 920 AM (WHJJ) and also streaming online begins at 6:50 pm.

Following the eight-game road trip the PawSox return to McCoy Stadium for eight straight beginning Friday night, April 18 against Buffalo. Limited tickets are available for all of the upcoming games at the McCoy Stadium box office, by calling (401) 724-7300 or by visiting pawsox.com.