Sean O’Sullivan Roughed Up in Second Inning in PawSox Loss at Rochester

PawSox news release…

(Rochester, NY) – Much like in their last game against the Pawtucket Red Sox last Thursday, the Rochester Red Wings pulled away with a big second inning against starter Sean O’Sullivan, ultimately grabbing a 6-3 win on Tuesday night at Frontier Field.

O’Sullivan (6-4) made his second rehabilitation start for the PawSox (57-53) after allowing six runs, all of which came in the second inning, in three innings against the Red Wings (63-48) last week.

O’Sullivan again pitched a scoreless first inning but surrendered five straight hits to open the second inning.

The rehabbing Trevor Plouffe singled and then Adam Walker blasted his league-leading 21st home run of the season over the left field fence.

Logan Schafer then lined a single to left field, stole second and scored on Wilfredo Tovar’s double into left. Tovar scored the fourth and final run of the frame on John Ryan Murphy’s single to center.

After a visit from the trainer, Sean O’Sullivan slowly walked off the mound and exited the game with no outs in the second inning.

William Cuevas took over and retired the first six batters he faced, holding Rochester off the board through the end of the fourth inning. This allowed the Pawtucket offense to claw its way back into the game, much as it did on last week’s 6-1 homestand.

The PawSox held the lead for the first three half innings thanks to a first-inning run against Red Wings starter Jason Wheeler (9-2). Rusney Castillo led off the game with a double and Marco Hernandez drove him home with a single to center.

Despite four third-inning singles, Pawtucket was only able to scratch out one additional run to cut the Rochester lead to 4-2.

Rusney Castillo tripped rounding first base after a single and was tagged out, impeding a larger rally. Ryan LaMarre’s sacrifice fly brought home the lone run of the inning.

Despite Castillo’s out on the bases, he has four two-hit performances in his last six games.

In the fourth inning, Henry Ramos grounded an RBI double down the left field line to pull the PawSox within a run.

However, that was as close as Pawtucket would get. The Red Wings responded with the final two runs of the game in the fifth inning against Cuevas.

Ramos and Chris Marrero could not track down Daniel Palka’s flyball into shallow right field and then Ramos could not catch up to a flyball down the right field line from the next batter, Byungho Park.

With two outs and Park on third base, Logan Schafer bunted a ball down the third base line. Jantzen Witte’s throw to first base was wide of the mark and Schafer’s RBI put Rochester ahead, 6-3.

Schafer went 3-for-3 with a walk in the contest.

PawSox reliever Roman Mendez did not allow a run in 1.2 innings of relief, extending his scoreless streak to 19.2 innings.

Pawtucket dropped its sixth road game in a row.

The PawSox continue their brief three-game road trip in Rochester tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. Pawtucket lefthander Henry Owens (6-5, 4.17) is scheduled to take the mound against Rochester lefthander Pat Dean (4-6, 5.29). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox radio network begins at 6:35 p.m.

The PawSox return home on Friday for a six-game homestand against the Buffalo Bisons and Durham Bulls. The first two games of the homestand both feature post-game fireworks shows.