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Pawtucket Red Sox Get Doors Blown Off In 9th

Pawtucket Red Sox Get Doors Blown Off In 9th At McCoy Stadium On Saturday Night

The Pawtucket Red Sox took on the Norfolk Tides at McCoy Stadium on Saturday. Pawtucket lost to Norfolk 6-4.

Pawtucket had a 4-2 lead heading into the top of the ninth inning. But a grand slam off Austin Maddox made it a 6-4 game. Pawtucket came within one out of a win.

The starter tonight Shawn Haviland was on the mound for Pawtucket and Chris Lee for Norfolk.

Haviland’s Start

Haviland on the night pitched 6.2 innings giving up 1 earned run on 5 base hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

Shawn Haviland started with a 1-2-3 first inning and had the help of his defense to thank for that. Center fielder Aneury Tavarez recorded two outs in the inning including a super hero catch in the gap in left-center.

Right out of the gate the home plate umpire, Roberto Ortiz, was giving both sides a wide strike zone. A strike zone that led to a lot of early strikeouts for both starters.

Haviland’s first hit allowed came in the second inning with one out. He gave up back-to-back singles to Chance Sisco and Craig Gentry. He was able to work out of it by getting his third strikeout of the game and a grounder to short.

To start his outing, Haviland’s velocity with his fastball was sitting around¬†90 mph with it topping out at 92 mph.

The third hit allowed by him came in the top of the 4th on an absolute stinger by Pedro Alvarez up the middle with one out in the inning. Haviland then walked the next batter and forcing him to try and work out of his second jam of the night. The left-hander was able to get the next batter to fly out to center.

With David Washington at the plate, Haviland got him to what could have been an inning ending pop out in foul territory. But Rafael Devers failed to track it down at third. Fortunately for Devers, Haviland ended up getting Washington to strikeout to get out of the inning.

The fourth hit allowed by Haviland was the first extra base hit by either side with Logan Schafer cracking a double into the game in right-center field.

Haviland was able to get Luis Sardinas out. But he gave up a single to Paul Janish who drove in the first run of the game to make it 1-0 in favor of the Tides.

Haviland pitched well though the majority of his outing, working quickly and efficiently for Pawtucket.

Bullpen Gets Smashed In The 9th

In relief, Manager Kevin Boles started off by using Jamie Callahan. Callahan started his relief appearance shaky by giving up two base hits in a row. He was able to get a fly ball to end the inning and escape without giving up a run.

Callahan worked the 8th inning as well. He got a routine fly ball to left to start the inning. But Ryan Court lost the ball in the lights giving the Tides a runner on 2nd with no-men out. A pitch in the dirt advanced the runner to third with no-men out. Callahan got another pop-up, this time behind second base, but once again the ball was lost in the lights by Josh Rutledge this time.

That caused the runner to score from third. There were three Pawtucket fielders around the last ball, none of them saw it clearly. Callahan got the third fly ball in a row and this time Tavarez reeled it in out in dead center field.

Callahan went 1.1 innings giving up 1 earned run on 4 base hits. Both balls int he lights were ruled as hits.

After Callahan, Boles used Austin Maddox. Maddox pitched the 9th.

Maddox struck out the first batter of the inning. But then issued a walk with the rain coming down. He then got Sardinas to fly out to left before giving up a single to Janish. With two-outs Maddox walked his second batter of the inning to load the bases.

With the bases loaded, Maddox gave up a grand slam to Pedro Alveraz with one out to go in the ballgame. Pawtucket headed to the home half of the 9th down 6-4.

Offensive Side Of The Ball

Pawtucket’s offense came out slow. Not recording a hit in 3 full innings of baseball before Tavarez was able to leg out an infield single to start the fourth inning for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Pawtucket’s first run of the game came when slugger Bryce Brentz launched a solo home run to start the home half of 5 to tie the game at 1-1. After a Devers and a Steve Selsky single, Heiker Meneses hit a grounder that got through on a fielding error by the second basemen to score Devers.

Following up Meneses, catcher Dan Butler singled up the left side to score Selsky to make it 3-1 Pawtucket. Keeping the offensive assault going was Tavarez. Tavarez singled to make it a 4-1 ball game and force Tides starter Chris Lee from the game.

Pawtucket’s offense collected 9 hits on the night driving in 4 runs.

Storylines:

Red Sox top prospect Rafael Devers grounded out in his first at-bat of the night.

Devers faired better in his second at-bat of the night with an infield single where he showed off his speed.

In Devers third at-bat of the night, the third basemen struck out to end the home half of the sixth inning.

In his fourth and final at-bat, the prospect struck out for the second time in the game. Devers went 1-for-4 with a single.

The rehabbing Josh Rutledge went 0-for-3.

Next up for the Pawtucket Red Sox is a 1:35 PM game with the Tides to finish the four game series. Prior to the game the Pawtucket Red Sox will be inducting Joe Morgan and Mo Vaughn into their Hall of Fame.

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