Paw Sox Destroy Bisons 11-0 Behind Shawn Haviland Complete Game Shutout
The Paw Sox began their 4 game series against the Buffalo Bisons, the AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night. The Bisons come in at 31-26 on the season, while the Paw Sox are 27-27. Home field advantage has been big for the Paw Sox recently, as they are winners of 8 straight games at McCoy Stadium. Shawn Haviland was pitching for the Paw Sox tonight against T.J. House for the Bisons. Haviland was making his first start since May 29th when he gave up 1 run in 6 innings against the Durham Bulls.
Haviland was put onto the 7 day disabled list on June 3rd, retroactive to May 31st. He was activated off the DL on Wednesday June 7th.
Paw Sox Offense
In the 3rd inning, the Paw Sox started their slug-fest for the night. With 1 out, Ryan Court got the offense going with a solo home run off the center field building to give the Paw Sox a 1-0 lead on the night.
In the 4th inning, the Paw Sox started to blow this game open. The Paw Sox first loaded the bases, thanks to a lead off walk to Bryce Brentz, then back to back hit by pitches to Brian Bogusevic and Blake Swihart. Allen Craig then hit a single up the middle to drive in a run. Jantzen Witte then hit a ball back to the pitcher who went to 1st base to bring in another run. To finish the scoring in the 4th inning, Mike Miller hit a double to drive in 2 runs. This gave the Paw Sox a 5-0 lead.
Ryan Court CRUSHES his 5th HR of the season — this off the batter’s eye! pic.twitter.com/1vCOwnW8US
— PawSox (@PawSox) June 8, 2017
After the Paw Sox took a 6-0 lead in the 6th inning, the Paw Sox blew this game open completely in the 7th inning. The Paw Sox put up a 5 spot on the score board, thanks to lots of walks and singles. The big hit in the inning was a single to right field by Rusney Castillo that brought in 2 runs. Then a single up the middle by Steve Selsky made it an 11-0 ballgame.
Shawn Haviland Brilliant Pitching
The story of the night however was Shawn Haviland who had a complete game shutout on 94 pitches (66 strikes). His final pitching line was 9 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, and 7 strikes outs. This was the first Paw Sox complete game shutout since Steven Wright did it on July 28th, 2013 against the Louisville Bats.
“He was outstanding tonight. He set the tone with those 5 strike outs in a row, through the first 6 hitters. I thought his breaking ball was a plus pitch for him today. Best outing we’ve seen from him so far” said manager Kevin Boles after the game.
“It gives a different look, it’s a mental edge. It gets in the back of hitters minds when he’s going to drop down. I think it makes him a lot more effective on right handed hitters, it creates a little more deception” said Boles regarding Havilands’ ability to change his arm slot during the game, “to be able to throw strikes with it and quality with it, I think that’s a credit to him“.
Haviland improved his record on the season to 3-4 with last nights win. T.J. House suffered the loss as his record is now 5-5 on the season. The Paw Sox continue the home stand tonight against the Buffalo Bisons at 7:05pm. Jalen Beeks is pitching for the Paw Sox as he makes his 2nd start at the AAA level.