PawSox Sweep Pair at Indianapolis

PawSox news release…

INDIANAPOLIS — Starting pitchers Marcus Walden and Shawn Haviland propelled the Pawtucket Red Sox to a doubleheader sweep of the Indianapolis Indians on Friday evening at Victory Field.

In the first game, Walden dazzled in a seven-inning shutout and received a five-run first inning for plenty of support in the 5-0 win.

Haviland set the tone over six innings in the nightcap, and the PawSox (54-51) broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth to grab a 2-1 win to kick off the four-game series with the Indians (57-49).

First Game

Walden (W, 9-4) fired a seven-inning shutout in which he struck out six, walked one and scattered five hits. The gem marked the second professional shutout for Walden, who spun a nine-inning shutout in June 2013 with Double-A New Hampshire. The 28-year old hadn’t logged seven innings in an outing since May 2014 with Triple-A Sacramento.

Indianapolis starter Drew Hutchison (L, 6-6) ceded the five runs in the first inning but ended up working all seven innings and allowing eight hits in total.

Pawtucket left fielder Bryce Brentz (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and shortstop Heiker Meneses (2-for-3, 2 RBI) paced the offense.

The PawSox loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning, and Brentz rolled a two-run single up the middle to make it 2-0. Three batters later, Meneses pulled a two-run double off the left-field wall. Second baseman Mike Miller then followed with a sacrifice fly to center to stretch the gap to 5-0.

Second Game

Pawtucket starter Shawn Haviland (W, 6-6) piled up seven strikeouts (against just one walk) over six sterling innings of one-run ball, and righty Chandler Shephered (S, 1) buzzed through a 1-2-3 seventh inning with a pair of punchouts.

On a bullpen day, a trio of Indians relievers, including starter Johnny Barbato (L, 0-2), allowed seven eight to the PawSox.

In the bottom of the second inning, Pawtucket right fielder Brian Bogusevic (2-for-3, 2B, HR) — who was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day — muscled an opposite-field solo home run to left field.

Indianapolis promptly tied the game, 1-1, in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly from left fielder Chris Bostick.

The PawSox loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth, but a pair of Indians pitchers responded with a pair of strikeouts to end the threat.

Pawtucket placed runners at second and third with one out in the fifth, when designated hitter Sam Travis worked the count full and smoked the seventh pitch of the at-bat for an RBI single into right field to push the PawSox in front, 2-1.

Pawtucket continues its eight-game road trip Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against Indianapolis at Victory Field. PawSox right-hander Héctor Velázquez (6-2, 1.58) is scheduled to oppose Indians righty Nick Kingham (4-6, 4.75). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with PawSox Insider at 5:35 p.m.

The PawSox return home Tuesday (August 1) to begin a three-game series through Thursday.