Paw Sox Win A Wild One At McCoy 9-8 After 8 Run 1st By Toledo
The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Toledo Mud Hens played a wild one at McCoy stadium tonight as the Paw Sox won 9-8 in front of 3,804 Fans.
The Mud Hens got off to a quick 8-0 lead in the first inning. That Drove Paw Sox starting pitcher Edgar Olmos out of the game. Olmos only went 2/3 of an inning before Shawn Haviland went the next 6 1/3.
The Paw Sox battled back thanks to 3 home runs. 1 by Ryan Court in the 3rd inning. Then by a pair of home runs by Dan Butler. a 2 run home run in the 4th inning. Then a 3 run home run in the 5th inning.
Mud Hens Big 1st Inning
The Mud Hens got out to a quick 8-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Olmos struggled. After sharp singles by Omar Infante and Jacoby Jones, John Hicks hit a booming double to the left-center gap to make it a 2-0 game. Following a walk of Efren Navarro, Olmos gave up back to back double to Juan Perez and Jason Krizan to give the Mud Hens a 5-0 lead. After Tyler Collins hit a single to make it 6-0, Olmos walked Infante. That’s when Olmos was pulled from the game. Shawn Haviland came into the game.
With Olmos out of the game, Haviland walked Jones to load the bases for Jim Adduci. Adduci hit a single to right field to make it an 8-0 lead for the Mud Hens. Haviland then struck out John Hicks to end the inning. In total, the Mud Hens sent 13 batters to the plate.
Edgar Olmos was not good tonight. In 2/3 of an inning, he gave up 6 hits, 8 runs, 2 walks and 0 strikes outs on 41 pitches (23 strikes). 2 of his earned runs came in once Haviland came into the game.
Paw Sox Comeback
The Paw Sox began their comeback in the bottom of the 2nd. With 1 out, Matt Dominguez hit a 2 run double to make it a 8-2 game. That is all the scoring the Sox had in the 2nd.
In the 3rd, Ryan Court hit a lead off home run that landed in the flowerbed in left-center field. That made it an 8-3 game.
Then in the 4th inning, Dan Butler hit a 2 run shot to make it an 8-5 game. Then in the 5th inning, he hit another home run that hit the back advertisement signs in left field just under the scoreboard to tie the game. Coming into the night Butler had 1 home run on the season. Tonight he had 2. This completed the comeback for the Paw Sox. Below you can see the 3 run home run that tied the game for the Paw Sox in the 5th.
From 8-0 to 8-8, thanks to Dan Butler’s second HR in as many innings!
Butler: 2-for-2, 2 HR, 5 RBI, BB pic.twitter.com/t61PBJ8yWp
— PawSox (@PawSox) July 18, 2017
The Paw Sox then took the lead in the bottom of the 7th inning. With Rafael Devers drawing a lead off walk, Dan Butler hit a squib hit to the first basemen. With the pitcher covering 1st base, Navarro threw the ball away. That allowed Devers to come in to score to give the Paw Sox a 9-8 lead.
Bullpen Closes It Out
When Haviland came into the game in the 1st inning, he saved the pen. Haviland went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts on 93 pitches (59 strikes). His work earned him the win.
“Terrific [job by Haviland]. Especially coming off the DL, and giving us the length. Olmos had a rough start. The first couple of batters, ran into some trouble there, but he was able to settle in and give us that length. He came up big tonight”. Says Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles Regarding Shawn Havilands’ outing tonight.
After Haviland, Ben Taylor came in for the 8th inning. In his inning of work, he had 2 walks and 1 strikeout on 24 pitches (12 strikes).
Then Noe Ramirez got the save for the Paw Sox as he had 2 strikeouts in 1 inning of work. That was on 13 pitches (9 strikes). That was the 4th save of the year for Ramirez as the Paw Sox went on to win 9-8 in a wild one at McCoy Stadium.