PawSox Slug Three Home Runs In Game One, Edged By Red Wings In Game Two For Doubleheader Split

Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release

(Pawtucket, RI) – The Pawtucket Red Sox dominated the first 10 innings of Saturday’s doubleheader at McCoy Stadium, outhitting the Rochester Red Wings, 16-1, but after grabbing an 8-0 victory in game one, the Wings salvaged a split with a 3-2 win in the nightcap.

Pawtucket (14-15) pitching held Rocheste (14-16) hitless for nine straight innings, beginning in the second inning of the first game, cruising to a victory in the opener thanks to a pair of big innings.

The PawSox wasted no time in jumping on the Red Wings in game one, stringing together four straight hits and four runs before Rochester starter David Martinez (0-1) could record an out.

Deven Marrero pulled a leadoff single and Marco Hernandez followed with his first home run of the season, a shot into the Rochester bullpen. A similar pattern followed, as Sam Travis singled and Chris Marrero drove him home with his third home run (5) in the last four games. It was Pawtucket’s first multi-homer inning of the season.

The 4-0 lead was never in danger thanks to starter William Cuevas (4-1) and reliever Anthony Varvaro, who combined on a one-hit shutout, the lowest hit total allowed in a game by the PawSox in nearly seven years.

Cuevas scattered a first-inning single and five walks over 5.1 innings of work, retiring nine straight batters at one point. He recorded seven strikeouts, tied for his highest total in a Triple-A appearance. He also earned the win for his fourth straight start and his seventh win in his last eight decisions dating to last season.

“Sandy Leon did a terrific job trying to get on the same page as Cuevas and getting him through choppy waters,” said manager Kevin Boles. “But terrific job by Willy, you know what you’re going to get every time he goes out there.”

Cuevas exited the game with an 8-0 lead thanks to Pawtucket’s second four-run frame of the game in the fifth inning.

The PawSox bested their first-inning rally with five consecutive hits in the fifth. With one out, Jantzen Witte blasted his first career Triple-A home run over the left field fence.

“It feels good to get that first home run off your back,” said Witte. “I think I’ve been swinging the bat pretty well lately and for the most part, the whole team has,”

The three round-trippers in the game set a new season high for Pawtucket.

Deven Marrero followed with a single, Marco Hernandez doubled and Marrero would score on a passed ball. Marrero recorded a season high-tying three hits in the game and Hernandez extended his on-base streak to 18 games, tied for the second-longest in the International League this season.

The next batter, Travis, looped an RBI single into right and Chris Marrero tacked on a single to left. Blake Swihart nearly delivered Pawtucket’s sixth straight hit, but instead collected a sacrifice fly on a deep flyball to center field. Bryce Brentz, making his season debut for the PawSox, collected a two-out single to make it a season high-tying six hits in the inning for Pawtucket.

The first four hitters in the Red Sox lineup went a combined 9-for-14 with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and seven (of the eight) runs scored in game one.

In total, Martinez allowed 12 hits and three home runs to the PawSox.

Varvaro set down each of the five hitters he faced to close out the victory in game one for Pawtucket.

The PawSox jumped out to a lead in the nightcap with their second multi-run first inning of the day. With two outs, Rusney Castillo flared a double into right field that drove home Ryan LaMarre and Chris Marrero.

Rochester starter Jason Wheeler (1-1) settled down after that, allowing only three baserunners—all walks—for the remaining four innings of his outing.

Robby Scott, making his second spot start against Rochester of the season, held the Red Wings without a hit over the first three innings. Max Kepler’s leadoff triple to center field in the fourth ended the nine-inning hit drought for Rochester.

After Noe Ramirez (0-3) relieved Scott with one out in the fourth, John Ryan Murphy delivered an RBI single to score Kepler and cut the Pawtucket lead to 2-1.

The run was charged to Scott, snapping his 11-inning scoreless streak. It was also his first run allowed as a starter this season.

With two outs in the fifth inning, Vargas stroked a two-run double off the wall in right-center field that put the Wings ahead 3-2.

The PawSox threatened with a pair of one-out singles in the sixth inning, but a pinch-hitting Swihart grounded out to end the inning.

Marcus Walden did not allow a run in the sixth or seventh inning, earning his second save in as many days. Pawtucket did not record a hit outside of the first and sixth innings in game two.

The Sox have split both of their doubleheaders this season.

The PawSox wrap up the series with their fourth game in 48 hours against the Red Wings tomorrow at McCoy Stadium beginning at 1:05 pm. A pair of southpaws are scheduled to do battle, as Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1, 4.66) makes his third rehabilitation start for Pawtucket against Rochester’s Logan Darnell (2-3, 4.66). Radio coverage begins on WHJJ 920 AM and throughout the PawSox radio network at 12:35 pm.

Good seats are still available at the McCoy Stadium box office, by calling (401) 724-7300 or by visiting pawsox.com.