PawSox Swept in Rochester, Lose 12-7

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Rochester plated six first inning
runs and cruised to a four-game sweep of the PawSox by winning the
finale by a final score of 12-7 at Frontier Field.

Trying to avoid their first four-game sweep of the season, the PawSox
and starter Rubby De La Rosa came out flat in the bottom of the 1st.
After a lead-off walk to Antoan Richardson, he took off for second base
as Doug Bernier hit a soft liner to shortstop Xander Bogaerts. The
shortstop fielded the ball and threw off balance past first base
allowing Richardson to score all the way from first base to make it a
1-0 game two batters in. A walk loaded the bases before De La Rosa
struck out his lone batter. Jermaine Mitchell followed with a two-run
single and Brian Dinkelman hit a ground-rule double to knock De La Rosa
from the game after just a third of an inning.

Chris Carpenter entered with one out in the first an hit the first
batter he faced before walking in a run. A Richardson RBI single capped
the scoring in the first and gave Rochester a 6-0 lead. De La Rosa was
tabbed with all six runs, all earned, in his shortest outing of the
season.

Pawtucket got on the board in the 3rd against starter
Vance Worley as Drew Sutton lined a double with two outs and Will
Middlebrooks followed with an RBI single to make it a 6-1 game.

The Red Wings answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half
of the third on RBI singles by Eric Fryer and James Beresford to bring
the lead to 8-1 for Rochester.

The PawSox pushed another run across in the 5th. Jeremy
Hazel led off with a single and moved to second on a ground out. Jackie
Bradley Jr. then reached on an infield single and an error on the second
baseman, who tried to bare hand the grounder, allowed Hazelbaker to
score making it an 8-2 score.

Xander Bogaerts delivered a two-out RBI single in the 6th to cut the deficit to 8-3. 

Rochester added two more runs to their tally in the 6th as
Jermaine Mitchell launched a two-run homer, his first as a Red Wing, to
bring the score to 10-3. PawSox reliever Clayton Mortensen had thrown
two scoreless frames prior to the homer. He was removed after giving up
the round-tripper in favor of the recently optioned infielder Jonathan
Diaz. Diaz would not allow a run for the rest of the 6th inning but gave up two in the 7th to trail 12-3.

Pawtucket mounted a comeback in the 8th as Mark Hamilton led off with a solo homer to right. After a pair of singles, Xander Bogaerts blasted a three-run homer, his 5th of the season, to bring the Sox within five runs, 12-7.

That is how the game would end, in a 12-7 final. On a bright side,
infielders Jonathan Diaz and Drew Sutton threw a combined three innings
allowing just two runs, Sutton a perfect 1-2-3 8th.  

The PawSox will head to Lehigh Valley to begin a four-game, three-day
series beginning with a doubleheader tomorrow at 6:05pm with the
conclusion of a suspended game from April 10th followed immediately by the regularly scheduled game.     

Pawtucket will return to McCoy Stadium for a four game homestand
prior to the All-Star Break against Rochester beginning Thursday, July
11th at 7:05pm through Sunday July 14th.