Paw Sox Win 7-0 In Rain Shortened Game, Kyle Kendrick Shuts Down Chiefs
The Paw Sox and the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, the Syracuse Chiefs, began their 3 game series at cold and rainy McCoy Stadium tonight. The pitching match-up was Kyle Kendrick against Austin Voth for the Chiefs. Kyle Kendrick did not pitch well his last time out on May 31st. In that game, he went 5.2 innings, giving up 8 hits, 7 runs, 3 home runs, and 1 walk. The Paw Sox lost that game 9-7 in 11 innings at Norfolk. This year, Voth is 1-6 with a 5.82 ERA in 51 innings.
After a brief 24 minute rain delay to begin the game, the Paw Sox came wanting to score early. With one out in the 1st inning, Ryan Court dropped a bunt single down the 3rd base line. Following another single by Bryce Brentz, Allen Craig hit a single to left field to bring in Court. Craig advanced to 2nd on the throw home. Blake Swihart then hit a solid single up the middle to bring in 2 more runners for the Paw Sox.
The Paw Sox had their chances to blow this game open but double plays took their toll on the Paw Sox. In the 2nd inning, Rusney Castillo hit into a 6-4-3 DP to end the inning. In the 3rd inning, Allen Craig hit into a 5-4-3 DP to end the inning. That was after back to back singles from Steve Selsky and Bryce Brentz. Then again in the 4th inning, Matt Dominguez single, Jantzen Witte hit into a 5-4-3 DP to end the inning again for the Paw Sox.
When the 5th inning started, and the Paw Sox leading 3-0, the rain started coming down in sheets. As the Paw Sox tired to make this an official game in the top of the 5th inning, Blake Swihart made a great play in foul territory. Clint Robinson, who bats lefty, hit a foul ball down the 3rd base line. Since the Paw Sox were playing in the shift, Swihart was the only one who had a chance at the play. He ran around 100 feet for the catch. After a walk to Pedro Severino, Andrew Stevenson hit into a 3-6-3 double play to make it an official game.
Blake Swihart getting his steps in tonight on this catch … A long way to go with the shift on and the wind breezing. pic.twitter.com/pSzrO2djxO
— PawSox (@PawSox) June 6, 2017
In the bottom of the 5th, Steve Selsky gave the Paw Sox a couple of insurance runs. After a 1 out single by Rusney Castillo, Steve Selsky hit a 2 run shot into the berm in left field. At least it appears it was into the berm. With rain coming down in sheets, it was difficult to tell where the ball actually landed. Either way, this was an absolute shot. Especially with the rain coming down in sheets, the wind gusting in from right field, and it being so cold tonight at McCoy Stadium.
In the 7th inning, Austin Adams replaced Chiefs starter Austin Voth pitching. Voths’ final pitching line was 6 innings, 9 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, and 2 strike outs. With Adams in the game, he loaded bases with no outs for the Paw Sox. The Chiefs then brought in Matt Grace. Following a strikeout of Ryan Court, Steve Selsky hit a single up the middle to drive in 2 runs for the Paw Sox. That was all the Paw Sox would get.
Before the top of the 8th inning, the umpires called for the tarp to come out, and that was the end of the game. The Paw Sox won 7-0 in 7 innings over the Syracuse Chiefs. The game was officially called at 10:14pm. Game time was 2:02 with the paid attendance tonight 2,851. I said paid attendance because around 2,800 of them ate their tickets tonight. Kyle Kendrick got the win improving his record to 2-3 on the season while Austin Voth got the loss.
Kyle Kendrick definitely turned it around tonight after his poor performance last time out against the Norfolk Tides. Tonight, he was pitching to contact and getting quick outs for the Paw Sox. His final pitching line was 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, and 2 strike outs on 71 pitches (52 strikes). If there was no rain tonight, Kendrick would have had a shot at a complete game. But Kendrick came up big and pitched the complete game which saved the bullpen after it was hit hard over the weekend in Durham.
He did get some help in the field and the playing conditions however. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Brandon Snyder hit an absolute shot to center field. But the rain and wind knocked it down. Then to end the 7th inning for Kendrick, Matt Dominguez made a terrific play by catching a line drive hit by Pedro Severino to end the inning. Other then that, it was soft contact all night for the Chiefs. A great sign for Kendrick.
The Paw Sox will attempt to continue their 3 game series with the Syracuse Chiefs tomorrow at 7:05pm. Unfortunately the forecast does not look too promising as the forecast calls for rain pretty much all day and night. If they do play ball tomorrow night, the pitching match-up will be Hector Velázquez for the Paw Sox and Greg Ross for the Chiefs.