Paw Sox Beat Bisons 3-2 Behind Great Start By Marcus Walden
Paw Sox got back to their winning ways this afternoon as they beat the Buffalo Bisons 3-2 in front of 8,615 at McCoy Stadium. Marcus Walden picked up the win as Luis Santos suffered the loss. Austin Maddox picked up his 1st save of the season for the Paw Sox.
Marcus Walden was pitching for the Paw Sox this afternoon. In his last two apperancs, he has come out of the bullpen for the Paw Sox. The last appearance came on June 7th in game 1 of a double header against the Syracuse Chiefs. He earned the win in a 6-1 Paw Sox win.
The scoring started in the 2nd inning for both teams. For the Bisons, it started with Jason Leblebijian getting hit with a 1-2 pitch. Then with the hit and run on, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a single to right field which got Leblebijian to 3rd base. Then Raffy Lopez hit a fly ball to center field, but Rusney Castillo came in for a nice sliding catch for the out. That did bring in Lebleijian from 3rd base to give the Bisons a 1-0 lead.
Paw Sox Use The Long Ball
For the Paw Sox, they tied the game quickly in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Bryce Brentz hit his 10th home run of the season to the back of the Bisons bullpen. This tied the game at 1.
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In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Paw Sox took a 2-1 lead thanks to Steve Selsky. With 1 out, Steve Selsky hit his 9th home run of the season off the roof of the concession stand behind the Bisons bullpen.
Steve Selsky goes oppo as well! pic.twitter.com/txB0LicPuY
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The Paw Sox did score in the bottom of the 6th to extend their lead to 3-1. With 2 outs, Mike Miller hit a single to left field to drive in Bryce Brentz. Unfortunately, Steve Seksky was throw out on the bases to end the inning.
Paw Sox Close It Out
The Bisons tried to make a game out of it in the 8th inning. Raffy Lopez hit a lead off home run off of Kyle Martin deep into the right field patio. That solo shot made it a 3-2 ball game, but that is all the Bisons would get thanks to 2 outstanding plays by Heiker Meneses.
In the 9th inning, Kyle Martin came in for the save for the Paw Sox. He finished the inning while picking up 1 strike out as the Paw Sox won 3-2.
Rough Day For Sam Travis
Sam Travis had a rough afternoon all around. After striking out in his first 2 at bats, he took strike 3 looking in his third at bat on the third pitch. Clearly, he didn’t agree with the call as he said something to the umpire that got him ejected from the game. It was frustration from Travis that that got him thrown out of the game.
Game Wrap Up
Marcus Walden pitched very well this afternoon for the Paw Sox. In 6 innings, he gave up 1 run on 2 hits, while striking out 3 on 62 pitches (44 strikes). Manager Kevin Boles was trying to get 60-65 pitches out of Walden in maybe 5 innings. He gave the Paw Sox 6 strong innings.
“This is some of the hottest weather that we’ve had, but he looked fresh the whole time. It didn’t look like he was laboring, and to get us through 6 with the limits that he had was a terrific job by him” said manager Kevin Boles after the game.
The Paw Sox finished the home stand winning 6 of 7 games from Syracuse and Buffalo. The Paw Sox will back in action on Tuesday night in Syracuse as they have a double header beginning at 5:35pm. Kyle Kendrick will get the ball in game 1. In game 2, they haven’t officially announced a starter. But Edgar Olmos is being seen as a strong possibility.