The weather and Bats RHP Matt Latos washed away the PawSox's opportunity for victory tonight
Ryan Fox (@Spider_Fox87)
On a cloudy, overcast day at McCoy, the Pawtucket Red Sox squared off in Game 3 of their series against the Louisville Bats. Coming off their second straight victory against the Bats (a 4-3 win back on Sunday), the PawSox were looking to get their third consecutive victory of the series.
With the clouds looming into the sky, the PawSox and Bats took to the diamond to play Game 3 of the series. The Bats got on the scoreboard first in the top of the 2nd inning with a RBI double by C Tucker Barnhart to grab a 1-0 early lead. The Bats managed to take on two more runs in the following inning on a 2-run shot by 2B Ruben Gotay to make it 3-0.
The PawSox were able to answer back in the bottom of the 6th inning. After getting on base by a walk, 2B Mike McCoy stole 2 consecutive bases to get into scoring position. He then came home on an RBI single by SS Carlos Rivero to make it 3-1. But by then, the rain had gone from a drizzle in the 4th inning to a full blown down pour.
The umpires converged at the pitcher’s mound before pausing the game due to the rain. After a delay of 1 hour and 7 minutes, game officials called the game off at 10:02 p.m. with the PawSox losing in 6 innings to the Bats 3-1. Matt Latos ended up picking up his second victory for the Bats while Allen Webster ended up with his third loss of the season.
This was the 5th time this season that a game was called short due to weather. The last game that was called off due to weather was back on May 13 at Indianapolis where the PawSox lost to the Indians 6-2 after 6 innings due to rain. The last PawSox home game that was called off due to weather was back on May 1 in a 3-2 loss to the Indianapolis Indians where the game was called off due to heavy fog.
The next game will played on June 10 at 12:05 p.m. The pitching matchup will be either LHP Felix Doubront (on rehab assignment) or RHP Steven Wright (0-1, 1.38) taking the mound for the PawSox against RHP Brent Marshall (0-1, 13.50) of the Louisville Bats.
(*=Prospect rankings according to MLB.com)
#2 Mookie Betts
Prospect Ranking: #5
Stat Line: 0-for-2, BB
Game Summary: This marks the second game of the series where Mookie did not register a hit. He did, however, looking impressive in the outfield as he was able to cover a lot of ground on a couple of flyouts.
#3 Garin Cecchini
Prospect Ranking: #4
Played: Third Base
Stat Line: 1-for-2, K
Game Summary: Was able to display some defensive awareness, snagging two fly balls in foul territory. Ironically enough, if the game had not been called off due to rain Cecchini would have been the next batter of the inning.
#15 Christian Vazquez
Prospect Ranking: #10
Stat Line: 0-for-2, K
Game Summary: Not a good night for Vazquez behind the plate. He ended up hitting into a costly double play in the 2nd inning to kill the offensive momentum of the PawSox in that inning while striking out in his next at-bat.
#22 Allen Webster
Prospect Ranking: #2
Played: Starting Pitcher
Stat Line: L, 6.0 IP, 3H, 3R (3ER), 3BB, 8K, 89 pitches (54 for strikes)
Game Summary: Webster ended up picking up his third loss of the season in this game. He struggled mightily in the 2nd and 3rd inning with control of his pitches, including giving up that 2-run shot in the 3rd inning. Afterwards, Webster was able to settle down and proceeded to strike out 2 batters in each of the following innings up to game cancellation.
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