Paw Sox Win Game 1 Of Doubleheader 6-1 Behind Henry Owens
The Paw Sox continued their three game series this morning at McCoy stadium with a straight double header against the Syracuse Chiefs. In game 1, Henry Owens was pitching against Greg Ross for the Chiefs. Owens is coming off a horrible outing last time out on Friday against the Durham Bulls. In that start he went 2/3 of an inning, giving up 6 hits, and 6 runs. This raised his ERA on the season from 2.98 to 4.04. Ross meanwhile pitched well against the Gwinnett Braves last time out. In that start on the May 29th, he went 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, and 3 K’s. That was a 4-3 Braves win in 10 innings.
Owens did not get off to a good start. The first pitch of the game hit the backstop. Fortunately for Owens, that wasn’t a foreshadow of how the start of the game would go. In the 1st inning, he walked 1, and struck out 1. Most importantly, he didn’t give up a run. Compared to his last start, that’s major progress.
Going into the 5th inning, Henry Owens did not give up a hit. But, the lead off hitter Irving Falu hit a popup in the Bermuda triangle in center field for the first hit for the Chiefs on the afternoon. After a popup for Adrian Sanchez, Henry Owens gave up a double down the left field line to Brandon Snyder. That would be in on the afternoon for Owens. Owens went 4.1 innings, giving up 1 run, 2 hits, 3 walks, 3 strike outs and he hit 2 batters on 103 pitches (56 strikes).
When Owens left the game today, he was responsible for runners at 2nd and 3rd base. When Walden came in, he allowed Falu to score on a wild pitch. That run was charged to Owens.
Paw Sox Offense
Paw Sox got a lead in the bottom of the 2nd for Owens. Bryce Brentz continued his current hot streak, thanks to his new toe tap, with a lead off single up the middle. Brian Bogusevic then hit one into the right field bleachers over the outstretched glove of Joey Butler for a 2 run home run.
Here’s the 2-run shot from Brian Bogusevic! pic.twitter.com/U4ePMcKfWN
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Offensively, the MVP award goes to Allen Craig in game 1. For the game, he went 2 for 2 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, and 1 walk. In his first at bat, he hit a line shot into the left center gap. Then in the 4th inning, he hit a double over the center fielders head. That drove in Blake Swihart for an RBI double. Both balls were hit very well off the bat and just carried. Especially the RBI double in the 4th inning.
The Paw Sox put the game away in the bottom of the 5th and 6th innings. In the 5th inning, Steve Selsky hit an RBI single to left to make it a 4-1 game. Then in the 6th inning, Mike Miller hit an RBI single to make it a 5-1 game. Rusney Castillo followed it with his first hit of the game with a RBI double down the left field line to give the Paw Sox a 6-1 lead.
Paw Sox Win
In the top of the 7th inning, Jamie Callahan came in to close out the game for the Paw Sox. He retired the side on 15 pitches to give the Paw Sox a 6-1 win in game 1 of the doubleheader. Marcus Walden picked up the win, improving his record to 5-2. Greg Ross suffered the loss, his record is now 2-4 on the season.