PawSox Rally to Beat Bats in 10 Innings

PawSox news release…

(Pawtucket, RI) – Pawtucket catcher Dan Butler lofted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth inning to complete a comeback from a pair of two-run deficits as PawSox defeated the Louisville Bats, 4-3, Tuesday afternoon in front of 4,311 fans at McCoy Stadium to win their first series in four weeks. 

Pawtucket starter Felix Doubront, making a Major League injury rehab appearance, allowed two runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.  The PawSox trailed 2-0 after three innings and 3-1 after six, but rallied to score a pair in the seventh and tie the game before winning it in the 11th.

With one out in the 11th, Bats reliever Carlos Marmol allowed a single to Garin Cecchini and then uncorked a wild pitch with Christian Vazquez at bat to advance Cecchini to second.  Marmol then intentionally walked Vazquez and threw another wild pitch with Shannon Wilkerson hitting to put runners on second and third.

Wilkerson then drew a walk to load the bases, setting the stage for Butler who hit his fly ball to left field plenty deep enough for Cecchini to tag and score the winning run.  Pawtucket (33-34) took three of four in the series and won its first four-game set at McCoy Stadium of the season.

Pawtucket tied the game in the seventh against reliever Curtis Partch on three hits and one costly error.  Mookie Betts delivered an RBI single to make the score 3-2, then three batters later Carlos Rivero drove a sac fly to center to plate the third PawSox run.

Tommy Layne (5-1), Pawtucket’s sixth pitcher of the day, pitched a scoreless tenth inning to earn the victory.  Rich Hill (seventh inning), Jeremy Kehrt (eighth), Drake Britton (ninth) also tossed an inning of scoreless relief.  Dalier Hinojosa permitted a run in the sixth behind Doubront on Felix Perez’s pinch-hit RBI single.

Following a day off on Wednesday, the PawSox welcome Charlotte to McCoy Stadium for a four-game series that begins Thursday night at 7:05 pm.  Knuckleball-throwing right-hander Steven Wright (0-1, 1.38) will get the ball for manager Kevin Boles, while righty Erik Johnson (1-3, 6.49) is expected to start for the Knights.