PawSox Pair of 3-Run Homers Beat Bats
PawSox news release…
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Three-run homers by Xander Bogaerts and Mark Hamilton gave the PawSox enough of a boost to defeat the Louisville by a 6-5 final in front of 7,615 fans at McCoy Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
After trading zeroes for the first two and a half innings, the PawSox cracked the score column in the bottom of the 3rd. Jeremy Hazelbaker, celebrating his 26th birthday, walked to start the frame, stole second and moved to third on a ground out. An out later, Jackie Bradley Jr. drew a walk before Xander Bogaerts blasted a two-out, three-run homer, his 9th, to give Pawtucket a 3-0 lead.
Louisville responded in the top of the 4th against starter Clayton Mortensen getting a single and a walk to start the inning. A fly out and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners before Kris Negron singled to right to plate the Bats' first run of the game to make it a 3-1 contest.
Pawtucket added to their lead in the 6th as Bogaerts and Jonathan Diaz singled with one out before Mark Hamilton launched a three-run homer, his 12th, to make it a 6-1 game.
Clayton Mortensen would work a season high six innings allowing just one run on six hits while striking out three.
In the 7th, Jose De La Torre entered out of the PawSox bullpen and did not retire a batter allowing five straight hits including a pair of RBI doubles courtesy of Derrick Robinson and Neftali Soto. After a Felix Perez single scored Soto to make it a 6-5 game, De La Torre was removed in favor of Pedro Beato who allowed a single to the first man he faced before retiring the next three batters to maintain a one run lead at the stretch.
Newcomer Brayan Villarreal, acquired by the Red Sox in the Jose Iglesias trade two weeks ago, pitched out of a first and third jam in the 8th by getting a strikeout and a ground out to keep the game 6-5. Anthony Carter would toss a perfect 9th to pick up his 17th save.
Bogaerts and Hamilton each had a pair of hits including a three run homer for each to pace the offense. Hamilton has driven in 11 runs over his last three games.
The PawSox will continue their four game series with the Louisville Bats Thursday night at 7:05pm. Pawtucket will send Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 3.27) to the mound in his McCoy Stadium debut against righty Greg Reynolds (11-3, 2.50) of the Bats.
The first 3,000 youngsters (aged 14 & under) entering McCoy Thursday when the PawSox play the Louisville Bats will receive a PawSox back-to-school notebook compliments of the Rhode Island Shrine, 630 WPRO and 99.7 FM. The notebook features PawSox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. on the cover.