Will Middlebrooks Homers as PawSox Beat the Bisons at McCoy

 PawSox news release…

(Pawtucket, RI) – Pawtucket starter Brandon Workman combined with three relievers on a five-hitter with 14 strikeouts while Will Middlebrooks continued his MLB rehab assignment with a home run as the PawSox dropped the Buffalo Bisons, 3-1, Saturday night in front of 10,289 fans at McCoy Stadium to win their fourth straight game. 

Middlebrooks, playing in the second game of his most recent injury rehab stint, lasted the entire game at third base and went 2-for-4 with a homer that put Pawtucket in front 2-0 in the fifth.  The 25-year-old, on the disabled list since May 16th, is attempting to return to Boston from finger and wrist injuries and is now 2-for-6 with a sacrifice fly over the last two nights.

Workman (5-1) blanked Buffalo for five innings, scattering three hits and two walks and fanning six.  Pawtucket (54-48) has won the first three games in the series and eight of ten overall to move six games above .500 for the first time since May 18th.

PawSox relievers John Ely (1 1/3 innings, one hit, one run) and Ryan Verdugo (1 2/3 innings, one hit, four strikeouts) bridged the gap between Workman and Miguel Celestino, who recorded a 1-2-3 save in the ninth (2).  Celestino struck out the final two batters to finish the victory.

Carlos Rivero’s solo home run (3) against Buffalo starter Raul Valdes (3-3) opened the scoring in the fourth.  Rivero went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored on the night.  Middlebrooks solo shot in the fifth (2) against Valdes doubled the lead.

Pawtucket plated its final run against reliever Kyle Drabek in the sixth when Deven Marrero singled home Rivero with one out.  Bisons pitching combined to strike out 11 PawSox batters in the contest.

Game four of the series is slated for a 1:05 pm first pitch on Sunday afternoon, as Pawtucket looks for its first sweep of the season.  Righty Anthony Ranaudo (10-4, 2.62) will get the ball for manager Kevin Boles, while Buffalo counters with right-hander P.J. Walters (2-1, 5.13).