PawSox Bounce Back, Even Series 1-1
Clay Buchholz looked sharp, in what is widely thought of as his last rehab appearance with Pawtucket, in Game Two of the Governors’ Cup Semi-Finals against Rochester in a 7-2 victory. The righty, rehabbing a neck strain, tossed 3.2 innings allowing a pair of runs on four hits while walking two and striking out five. Most impressive was his command as 52 of his 71 total pitches were strikes.
The bullpen was sensational as five relievers, Brayan Villarreal, Alex Wilson, Chris Martin, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Anthony Carter, combined to throw 5.1 scoreless frames allowing just four total base runners (three hits and a walk) while striking out five. They held Rochester to just one hit with runners in scoring position (Ray Olmedo’s RBI single in the 4th) in nine at-bats.
Pawtucket took advantage of a couple of Rochester errors that led to the PawSox scoring five unearned runs. After not having a hit with runners in scoring position in Game One, Pawtucket went 4-for-10 in Game Two including clutch two-out RBI singles from Brock Holt and Christian Vazquez.
Game Three shifts the series to McCoy Stadium Friday night as Pawtucket will send knuckleballer Steven Wright to the hill (8-7, 3.46 ERA) against lefty Pat Dean (3-2, 2.03 ERA in 6 starts). Wright made one start against the Red Wings in the regular season (July 6th in Rochester) throwing seven scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and striking out six in a no decision.
Again, some more photos from Game Two courtesy of Jillian Souza.
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