By Ryan "Scoop" Fox
The summer heat is closing in on us as we get closer to the midpoint of the Triple-A International League 2013 season. Already things are looking high for the Pawtucket Red Sox, coming off a roadtrip where they went 5-3. now they come back to McCoy for another 8 game series. And greeting them at McCoy are another division foe: the Syracuse Chiefs.
For those who do not know, the Chiefs are the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. From May 31st and into June 4th both teams will be matching up at McCoy in their first 4-game series of the season.
Game 1 kicked things off with a bang. Temperatures were scorching in the mid-80s before the game's first pitch. But when the weather heats up, it only means one thing: time for the long balls. Both teams combined for 17 runs on 27 hits as the PawSox took the first game in 12 innings by a score of 9-8. The winning pitcher was Ryan Rowland-Smith, picking up his 3rd win after pitching a shutout 12th inning. The offensive stars for the PawSox was 3B Johnathan Diaz who went 3-4 including a 2RBIs as well as 1B Drew Sutton and CF Mitch Maier, who each had a HR apiece.
The PawSox will continue their series with the Chiefs on Saturday at 6:05 pm as the PawSox will be having Star Wars night. Then the series continues on into Sunday at 1:05 pm followed by the series finale on Monday at 7:05 pm.
After that a 4-game series at home against the Charlotte Knights, the PawSox will face the Chiefs again at Syracuse from June 8th to the 11th. The next time these two teams meet up at McCoy will be from August 28th to the 31st, the last home stand for the PawSox of the season. This is Scoop Fox, signing off.
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