Man, woman, child, and canine were all in attendance for the Annual 'Bark at the Park' at McCoy Stadium. The original game was scheduled to be played at 1:05 p.m. ET. However due to yesterday's game being cancelled due to rain, the Pawsox and the Rochester Red Wings played a double-header feature today at 12:05 p.m. and then at 3:00 p.m. ET.
The first game was a no-contest win for Pawtucket, a 7-1 blowout against the Red Wings in a shortened 7-inning game. The Red Wings got on the board early in the top of the 1st inning with a RBI single by LF/1B Chris Colabello off of Pawsox starter Terry Doyle. After giving up that early run, Doyle went on to shut down the Red Wings. He went 5 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 run (earned), walked only 1 batter while striking out 5 for the No-Decision. It was Relief Pitcher Oscar Villareal who got the win, going 1 inning while just giving up only 1 hit. Red Wings reliever Anthony Slama was tagged for the loss, going 1/3 inning and giving up 2 hits, walking 2 batters, and gave up 4 runs (all earned).
At the plate, the Pawsox loaded the bases in 4 innings, including a stretch from the 4th inning to the 6th inning where at one point the bases were loaded. The first 3 times, the Pawsox couldn't capitalize on the opportunity. But in the bottom of the 6th, their fortune changed. During that inning, starting from the #8 hitter in the lineup (CF J.C. Linares) and looping back to him, the entire batting order of the Pawsox got to bat at least once with 7 of the 9 batters reaching base. INF Drew Sutton and DH David Ortiz (who is down in Pawtucket on rehab assignment) each lead the way with 2 RBIs apiece as the team scored a season-high 6 runs in that inning.
In the second game, it was the same result: a score of 7-1 in favor of the Pawsox in 7-innings of play. Chris Colabello of the Red Wings again scored the only run for his team in the top of the first, a 1-run homer off of Paw Sox starter Rubby de La Rosa. Rubby went only 2 1/3 inning, giving up one hit and earned run (the homer to Colabello) while walking 2 and striking out 3. Relief Pitcher Graham Godfrey got the win, going 3 2/3 inning and gave up no hits or runs during that timeframe, walked just 1 batter, and struckout 5. His Red Wing counterpart, Virgil Vasquez, did not have the same sort of success, going 4 innings while giving up 7 hits and 3 runs (all earned), walking 1 Pawsox and striking out 3 and was tabbed for the loss.
Again the Pwsox had tremendous success in the 6th inning, scoring a majority of their runs (4) then. Leading the way was LF Mark Hamilton with a double that drove in 3 Runs that inning. He finished the day going 2-3 with 4 RBIs, 1 BB, and 1 SO. Teammate DH Jeremy Hazelbaker contributed in the win with a solo home run in the 4th inning to get things starts. He finished the game going 2-2 with a HR, 1 RBI, and 2 runs scored, including one in the 6th inning.
The last game of the series will be at 1:05 p.m. ET. Then the two teams don't see each other until April 19th-22nd when they play at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY while the next Pawsox homestand against Rochester will be in 3 months exact in July from the 11th-14th (Thusrday to Sunday).
-Ryan L. Fox
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