Stephen Drew Begins Play at McCoy On His Way Back to Boston

PawSox news release…

(Pawtucket, RI) – Chris Hernandez pitched seven shutout innings to start a three-hit shutout and Pawtucket snapped a scoreless tie with a three-run seventh inning as the PawSox blanked the Gwinnett Braves, 3-0, in front of 3,590 fans on a chilly Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium. 

Stephen Drew, attempting to advance his way back to the Boston Red Sox after being signed last week, was promoted to Pawtucket before the game and batted 1-for-3 while playing seven innings at shortstop.

Pawtucket (27-27) has taken two of the first three games of the series, winning Wednesday thanks in large to the efforts of Hernandez (2-5), who held the Braves off the scoreboard for seven innings and allowed only three hits and three walks while fanning eight.  He threw 105 pitches in his second start since joining the rotation in place of Brandon Workman.

The PawSox were blanked themselves for six innings by Gwinnett starter Yunesky Maya, but rallied to score three times in the seventh against reliever Kameron Loe (0-1).  Christian Vazquez led off with a single, and after Alex Hassan struck out Dan Butler was hit by a pitch putting runners on first and second base.

Shannon Wilkerson followed with an RBI double to left to break the scoreless draw, plating Vazquez and advancing Butler to third.  Ryan Roberts then lined a two-run single past a drawn-in infield to make the score 3-0 and chase Loe from the game.

Dalier Hinojosa pitched the final two innings behind Hernandez to record his second save of the season.  He retired all six batters he faced including two strikeouts to finish the shutout.  Gwinnett did not record a single hit after the fourth inning.

The PawSox will go for the series win in game four on Thursday night.  First pitch is slated for 7:05 pm, with right-hander Rubby De La Rosa (2-3, 3.04) starting for Pawtucket against against righty Zach Stewart (2-2, 4.08).