Ryan L. Fox
On a cool Wednesday evening, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Louisville Bats took to McCoy for their second game of a 3-game series. In the first game on Tuesday night, the Bats scored 3-runs in the top of the 9th inning to break a 4-4 tie before winning the game with the final score of 7-4.
Looking to help the PawSox get back on the winning track was RHP William Cuevas (2-3, 3.56) while the Bats countered with RHP Robert Stephenson (4-4, 3.52) to get them the second win of the series.
and were primed for a Both teams initially went scoreless after 1 inning of play with each team leaving men on base. After that, the bats awoke. Fortunately it was the bats of the PawSox.
In the bottom of the 2nd inning after two of the first three PawSox batters got on base, C Dan Butler was up to bat. On a 1-2 pitch, he homered deep to right to give his team the early 3-0 lead. After 2B Mike Miller got on base, SS Tzu-Wei Lin drove him home with an RBI double to the right corner of McCoy Stadium to push the lead to 4-0.
During the following inning, bottom 3rd, with two outs in the inning LF Aneury Tavarez hit a solo shot to center right field to extend the lead to 5-0.
The Bats were able to get on the scoreboard in the top of the 6th inning as C Tony Cruz hit a solo home run to left center field to make it 5-1. After a pitching change for the PawSox, the Bats were able to get two more men on base and were primed to make a comeback. However PawSox LHP Williams Jerez got SS Blake Trahan to ground into a fielder’s choice with teammate Josh Vanmeter getting out at second base.
Then in the bottom of the 7th inning, the PawSox loaded the bases with 2 outs. Then Tavarez came to bat in the inning. Facing a full count, Tavarez knocked the next pitch he saw into the left corner of McCoy for a double. Two runs ended up coming across the plate as the PawSox lead extended to 7-1.
An RBI single up the middle by PawSox DH Adam Lind added another run in the bottom of the 8th inning to push the lead to 8-1 as the Bats couldn’t muster anything after that. PawSox ended up winning the game by the final score of 8-1.
Cuevas picked up the win for the PawSox, his 3rd of the year. He went 5.1 innings, giving up just 1 hit, 1 run (it was earned), hit 1 batter, walked 3 batters, and struck out 4 more on a season-high 105 pitches with 68 for strikes. He also lowered his ERA from 3.39.
Both teams will face each other for the rubber match of the series on Thursday at 11:05 a.m.
After the game, PawSox Manager Kevin Boles sat down with the media for his postgame Q & A.
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