Pawtucket Red Sox Beat Durham Bulls In 12 On Bryce Brentz Walkoff
The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Durham Bulls, the Tampa Bay Rays AAA affiliate, began their four game series tonight after a 25 minute rain delay at a cold, dreary McCoy Stadium tonight. Kyle Kendrick started for the Paw Sox tonight against Blake Snell in front of 6,501 fans.
In the 1st inning, speed was the story for the Bulls against Kendrick. It began with an infield single for Mallex Smith off home plate. Smith then stole 2nd, and went to 3rd on a pickoff attempt from Kendrick that went into center field. Smith then came in on a single by Willi Adames. In the 2nd inning, the Bulls scored again on a ground ball to Pablo Sandoval, who went to 1st base for the force out.
Beginning in the 2nd inning, after an error throw by Pablo Sandoval, Kendrick really settled into the game. Kendrick retired 16 straight batters before Shane Peterson hit a single into right field. Casey Gillaspie followed that with a 2 run shot off the advertisements, behind the metal bleachers in right-center field to tie the game at 4. Kendricks’ final pitching line on the night was 7 innings pitched, 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, and 5 K’s on 91 pitches (60 strikes).
This is a step in the right direction for Kendrick who struggled in his two starts with the Boston Red Sox earlier this year. This was his second start with the Paw Sox since his demotion back to the Paw Sox on May 11th. Kendrick, in his last start, went 3 innings, giving up 7 runs at Scranton Wilkes-Barre on May 18th.
Blake Snell was impressive in the 1st inning, striking out Ryan Court, Blake Swihart, and Pablo Sandoval. With 2 outs in the 2nd inning, Snell gave up a single to Allen Craig and walked Bryce Brentz, Matt Dominguez then hit his fourth home run of the season into the Paw Sox bullpen to give the Paw Sox a 3-2 lead.
In the 4th inning, Allen Craig led off with a double down the left field line. After a walk by Bryce Brentz, Matt Dominguez and Mike Miller had back to back sac fly’s which moved Craig to 3rd base then home to give the Paw Sox a 4-2 lead. The final pitching line on Snell was 6.1 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks, and 9 K’s on 112 pitches (67 strikes). Snell had his fastball was clocked as high as 96 tonight.
Blake Swihart played in his first game tonight since being activated from the disabled list with a finger injury. With Snell being a lefty, he In his 1st at bat, he struck out on 3 pitches against Blake Snell. His 2nd at bat was a little more patient by walking on 7 pitches. His 3rd AB, Snell worked him down and in to strike him out on 4 pitches.
Jeff Ames then came in to face Swihart in his 4th at bat of the night. This turned Swihart to the other side of the plate. He hit a line drive to the right fielder for an out. Then in the 9th inning, Swihart hit a rocket to the 3rd basemen Pat Leonard and Swihart was safe at 1st with an error. Swihart also came up in the 11th inning with the winning run at 2nd base. He hit a weak ground ball to the 2nd basemen to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 12th inning, Heiker Meneses hit a single to right field to lead off the inning. Steve Selsky then hit a single to left field to put runners at 1st and 2nd base with no outs. Jantzen Witte attempted a sacrifice bunt down the 3rd baseline. The ball hugged along the line and the 3rd basemen Pat Leonard let the ball go, hoping it would go foul. It didn’t. The bases were loaded for Allen Craig. Craig who was 2 for 5 on the night, struck out looking. Bryce Brentz who was 2 for 3 on the night with 3 walks, hit a single up the middle to drive in Meneses. The Paw Sox won the game 5-4. Noe Ramirez got the win and Adam Kolarek got the loss for the Bulls.