Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Gorkys Hernández and Chad De La Guerra continued their torrid pace as the Pawtucket Red Sox (25-31) won their season-best fourth in a row, topping Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (28-27) on Tuesday by a 7-5 final.

Playing once again as the Osos Polares de Pawtucket as part of Minor League Baseball’s “Copa De la Diversión,” Pawtucket scored in the very first inning.

Gorkys Hernández kicked off the scoring with an opposite-field homer to make it 1-0. The 31-year-old’s second long ball of the game came in the sixth inning. Hernández now has 4 home runs over his last 5 games. Over that span, he is 8-for-17 with the 4 homers, 5 RBI and a stolen base.

The Iron Pigs tied the game at one in the third inning on Gift Ngoepe’s fifth home run of the season.

Ngoepe gave his team a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run double to center.

Lehigh Valley added another run in the sixth thanks to a sacrifice fly off the bat of Matt McBride.

Along with Hernández’s homer in the bottom half of the inning, Pawtucket got to within a run after Rusney Castillo doubled home a run.

In the seventh inning, Pawtucket erupted for four runs to take a 7-4 lead, two of those runs coming on De La Guerra’s second homer in as many games.

Making his second rehab appearance with the PawSox, left-hander Brian Johnson started and went the first 3 innings. Johnson allowed 2 hits, one earned run, 2 walks and a strikeout. He threw 48 pitches, with 27 of them for strikes.

Southpaw Kyle Hart followed Johnson in his second Triple-A appearance. Hart picked up his second-consecutive win, going the final 6 innings and allowing 4 earned runs.

The PawSox head to Lehigh Valley for a brief two-game series with the Iron Pigs at Coca-Cola Park beginning tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Pawtucket right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz (2-4, 4.98 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Iron Pigs righty Enyel De Los Santos (2-1, 3.86 ERA). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM and 104.7 FM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the pre-game show at 6:35 p.m.

Pawtucket returns home for a four-game series with the Rochester Red Wings starting Friday, June 7, which begins with a doubleheader at 5:05 p.m. On Friday, the first 3,000 fans will receive a Mookie Betts MVP bobblehead. Saturday, June 8 is Star Wars firework night. Sunday, June 9 is Bark in the Park, as well as another Family FUNday, which includes a pre-game catch on the field and post-game run the bases.

Good tickets are available, and fans can visit the McCoy Stadium box office, which is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., and during all home games. Fans can also call (401) 724-7300 or log on to PawSox.com for tickets.