Paw Sox Sweep Bulls Behind The Bat Of Ryan Court
The Paw Sox went for the four game sweep this afternoon against the Durham Bulls at cold and dreary McCoy Stadium. The pitching match up was Shawn Haviland for the Paw Sox against Yonny Chirinos for the Bulls. Going into Monday’s game, Shawn Haviland was 2-4 with a 4.01 ERA in 49.1 innings for the Paw Sox. Chirinos was 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 32 innings with the Durham Bulls.
Effective Pitching From Both Sides
In the first 5 innings, you could tell that both of these teams were tying to have a quick game. Batters were swinging at early in the counts as they tried to get this game going. The one glimmer of offense came off the bat of Steve Selsky in the 3rd inning. In the 3rd inning, Selsky hit a long fly ball down the left field line that the umpires ruled foul. It was difficult to tell if it was fair or foul, but based on the reaction by the Paw Sox bullpen, it was fair.
Paw Sox Begin The Scoring
In the 5th inning, the Paw Sox finally got the scoring started. With 1 out, Bryce Brentz hit a double down the left field line to get himself into scoring position. The next batter, Jantzen Witte, hit a single up the middle to drive in Brentz to put the Paw Sox up 1-0.
But the lead didn’t last long for the Paw Sox however. In the top of the 6th, Shane Peterson hit a 1 out double to put himself into scoring position. After a strikeout of Casey Gillaspie, Mike Marajama hits a left field to tie the game at 1. Haviland then struck out Johnny Field looking to end the 6th. That ended Haviland’s day. He went 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 6 K’s on 97 pitches (65 strikes).
Ryan Court Comes Up Big
To begin the 7th inning, Brandon Workmen, who was the counter move to Price being activate today. He pitched well in 2 innings of work today, giving up only 1 base runner, which was a walk to Patrick Leonard in the 8th inning. He ended up with the win this afternoon as the Paw Sox took the lead for good in the 7th inning as Ryan Court hit a lead off home run into the Bulls bullpen.
Ryan Court goes oppo on a line to give us the lead once again!
2-1 in the 7th pic.twitter.com/VEFKOHpXJf
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The Paw Sox then added an insurance run in the 8th inning. It began as Pablo Sandoval hit a double into the gap in right-center field. Later in the inning, Ryan Court came up with a big single up the middle to give the Paw Sox a 3-1 lead. It could have been more runs by the Paw Sox, but Blake Swihart grounded into a 6-3 double play with runners on the corners to end the inning.
Pablo Sandoval cracks a double into the gap in the 8th inning, his third two-bagger of his rehab assignment. pic.twitter.com/SSnW5bwC9Q
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In the 9th inning, Noe Ramirez came in to close out the game on 18 pitches as the Paw Sox won 3-1 in a quick game time of 2:34 in front of 3,147 fans. Brandon Workmen got the win as Neil Wagner got the loss for the Bulls.
The Paw Sox begin a 6 game road trip that takes them to Norfolk, Virginia to take on the Norfolk Tides in a 3 game series. They will then go to Durham, North Carolina as the have a 3 more games against the Bulls. It all begins tomorrow night as they take on the Norfolk Tides at 6:35pm with the pitching match up being Marcus Walden for the Paw Sox and Gabriel Ynoa for the Tide.