Pawtucket Red Sox Win Behind First Basemen Jantzen Witte Walk-Off In Extra Innings In Game 1 Of A Double-Header
Saturday’s 4:35 game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings started off a 25-hour period where 4 games would be played between the two teams at McCoy stadium. The game started with Pawtucket getting held hitless for six innings and tied up the ball-game at 1-1 in the seventh inning.
Pawtucket defeated the Red Wings 2-1 behind a walk-off home run by PawSox first basemen Jantzen Witte.
Game 1’s starter for the Pawtucket Red Sox was Kyle Kendrick, and for the Rochester Red Wings, Yohan Pino. Both have major league experience and currently serve as depth starters in their respective organization.
Kendrick had a solid outing but played with fire having to work around 7 hits and 1 walk in 5 innings of work. Behind Kendrick the PawSox defense turned two double-plays. All things considering he could have let up way more than the 1 run he ended up getting tagged for.
Noe Ramirez was the only PawSox reliever used and the right-hander pitched three scoreless innings. Ramirez gave up two hits and struck out three Red Wing batters.
Rochester starter, Yohan Pino had a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh inning only for it to be broken up by Rusney Castillo whose hard hit single got just past the glove of Red Wings shorts-stop Engelb Vielma. Pino then got a quick double-play to only allow Steve Selsky get a single followed up by a Bryce Brentz double to the gap to make it a 1-1 ball-game and draw extra innings.
In the bottom half of the eight inning with two-outs Witte launched a solo home run to the grass area behind the left field wall to win the game 2-1. Pino ended up pitching 7.2 innings allowing 2 runs on four base hits while walking two runners. Despite 6 no-hit innings Pino received the loss in the game with Noe Ramirez earning his third win of the year.
Game two will follow game one shortly.