PawSox Take a Pair from Syracuse for Three-Game Sweep

PawSox news release…

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Behind a pair of outstanding pitching efforts, the Pawtucket Red Sox swept their doubleheader against the Syracuse Chiefs and completed a three-game series sweep Wednesday afternoon at McCoy Stadium.

In game one, PawSox starter Henry Owens didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and was buoyed by a bout of early offense and late insurance, as Pawtucket (27-27) won 6-1.

PawSox pitchers, headlined by lefty Edgar Olmos, carried a combined no-hitter into the final frame of the seven-inning game in the nightcap and spearheaded a 3-0 win over the Chiefs (17-37).

Game One

Owens worked 4.1 innings of one-run ball and allowed a pair of hits, walked three and hit two with three punchouts on 103 pitches. The southpaw didn’t surrender a hit until Chiefs No. 9 hitter Irving Falu blooped a single into shallow center field between a trio of PawSox in the top of the fifth.

“It looked like the leg kick was a little higher,” Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles said. “That’s the one thing that stood out. It looked like he was getting a little bit more pace to that delivery.”

Reliever Marcus Walden (W, 5-2) followed Owens and tossed 1.2 frames of scoreless work, and fellow righty Jamie Callahan worked a 1-2-3 seventh to finish the victory.

Syracuse starter Greg Ross (L, 2-4) yielded four runs on five hits and a pair of walks in 4.1 innings.

The PawSox grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when left fielder Bryce Brentz scorched a single up the middle and right fielder Brian Bogusevic followed with a two-run blast to right-center.

In the fourth, first baseman Allen Craig (2-for-2, 2 2B) hammered an RBI double to deep center to plate catcher Blake Swihart and extend the advantage to 3-0.

After Owens departed in the top of the fifth with two aboard, Syracuse loaded the bases and scored its first run on a wild pitch from Walden.

Pawtucket snatched the run back in the fifth when, with runners at the corners, designated hitter Steve Selsky pulled an RBI single into left field to make it 4-1.

With two runners on via walks in the sixth, PawSox second baseman Mike Miller laced an RBI single to left-center to score Swihart. Center fielder Rusney Castillo then stretched the lead to 6-1 with an RBI double down the left-field line.

Game Two

Starting pitcher Héctor Velázquez tossed only his one planned inning — a 1-2-3 first on just seven pitches — in an effort to preserve potential depth for the big-league club and was lifted for Olmos (W, 3-1) in the second. The left-hander hit the first man he faced and walked two in the third before retiring the final 11 he faced.

“Terrific. Command was a little bit off to start, righted the ship a little bit, and he got in there and started using that mix,” Boles said. “I thought he spun a pretty good breaking ball. Showed better command. He was beating hitters consistently .”

Right-hander Kyle Martin (S, 1) entered in the seventh and ceded the first hit when Brandon Snyder shot a line drive up the middle past the dive of PawSox shortstop Ryan Court. Martin loaded the bases but worked out of trouble to secure the save and the sweep.

Syracuse starter Kyle McGowin (L, 1-5) worked all six innings and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk.

In the second inning, the PawSox loaded the bases with three consecutive singles. Catcher Dan Butler then drew a walk to score Bogusevic and prop up Pawtucket to a 1-0 lead. Second baseman Heiker Meneses then muscled a single up the middle to make it 2-0 and record his first RBI with Pawtucket this season. Castillo made it 3-0 when he bounced sharply into a 5-4-3 double play, scoring first baseman Jantzen Witte from third.

The PawSox continue their homestand with the start of a four-game series against the Buffalo Bisons on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at McCoy Stadium. PawSox right-hander Shawn Haviland (2-4, 3.74) is scheduled to oppose Bisons lefty T.J. House (5-4, 3.20).