Peguero Homers Twice Including Grand Slam to Lift PawSox Over Gwinnett

PawSox news release…

(Lawrenceville, GA) – Carlos Peguero blasted two home runs and drove in six to power the Pawtucket Red Sox to a 7-5 win over the Gwinnett Braves on Friday night at CoolRay Field.  Peguero belted the PawSox’ second grand slam of the season for four of his six RBIs, the most by a Pawtucket hitter this season, and Pawtucket snapped a four-game losing streak in front of 5,904.

Jonathan Aro earned the save with nine enormous outs in relief of starter Brian Johnson.  Aro inherited a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the seventh.  Gwinnett plated a pair of runs on a broken-bat, bloop single and a groundout, but Aro struck out two and kept the Sox ahead. 

Johnson (8-4) received seven runs of support for the second straight start and won his league-leading eighth game.  But the lefthander was victimized by some misfortune and charged with five runs (four of which were earned) on ten hits, three of which were on the infield.

By the time Aro was summoned, Peguero and the PawSox had pummeled Gwinnett starter Mike Foltynewicz (0-4).  After a two-out walk to Allen Craig, Peguero blasted his firsrt homer to push Pawtucket ahead, 2-0.

The G-Braves tied it in the second inning.  Christian Bethancourt ripped a leadoff homer, which was followed by an infield hit from Todd Cunningham.  With two outs, Johnson walked Mycal Jones; Eric Young, Jr.’s single to left knotted the game, 2-2.

In the top of the third, the PawSox erupted.  A leadoff single by Mike Miller was followed by walks to Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Quintin Berry.   Allen Craig then singled to push the Sox ahead, 3-2.  Peguero then crushed a line-drive grand slam off the batters’ eye in centerfield and Pawtucket lefd by five. 

Gwinnett scored an unearned run in the sixth and mounted an enormous rally in the seventh.  Johnson allowed hits to Young and Jose Peraza, then walked Joey Terdaslovich and was lifted from the game.  Aro shattered the bat of Adonis Garcia, but the ball blooped into left field and scored a run. 

Aro then struck out Bethancourt and got Todd Cunningham to ground into a force-out; on the Cunningham grounder to short, Peraza scored and it was 7-5.   Aro punched out Sean Kazmar to end the inning.

The righthander Aro worked around a hit and a walk in the eighth and retired the Braves in order in the ninth to earn his first save.  Aro fanned five over three innings and allowed only two hits.

The PawSox continue the series in Gwinnett on Saturday night at 7:05 P.M. The lefthander Henry Owens (2-5, 3,45) will be opposed by righty Cody Martin (1-2, 1.88). Radio coverage on 920 AM (WHJJ) and also streaming online begins at 6:50 pm. 

Pawtucket returns home on Monday, June 22nd to begin a seven-game homestand.