Ryan L. Fox
The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Gwinnett Braves took to the diamond this past Saturday for a doubleheader, the second of the week and the fourth for the month of April. Those in attendance for both games were treated to two pitching duel performances, including a nailbiter finisher in Game 2.
Game 1 pitted PawSox SP Shawn Haviland (2-1, 3.38) against Gwinnett Braves SP Andrew Albers (1-0, 2.38). Albers outdueled Haviland as the Gwinnett Braves took Game 1 on the final score of 2-1. Braves scored on an RBI double by Mel Rojas Jr. in thetop of the 1st and a solo shot by 3B Rio Ruiz in the top of the 4th. The lone PawSox run came in the bottom of the 3rd as 2B Ryan Court scored on a sac fly by SS Deven Marrero.
Following a short break, Game 2 started to make up for the washout game back on 4/21 down in Lawrenceville, GA. The PawSox were the ‘away’ team in this contest as taking the mound was SP Marcus Walden (0-2, 3.97) while Enderson Franco (0-0, 2.79) took the mound for the ‘home’ team. For the first 5 innings, it was a pitching duel between Walden and Franco. Gwinnett didn’t get on the board until in the bottom of the 6th with an RBI double by LF Matt Tuiasosopo to make it 1-0. PawSox rallied in the top of the 7th as C Dan Butler drove in the tying run to knot things up at 1-1. However in the bottom of the 9th, Braves 3B Rio Ruiz broke the hearts of the McCoy faithful with a 2-run blast to right to give his team a 3-1 victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.
After the game, PawSox manager Kevin Boles sat down and spoke with the media to talk about the two games, his team's performance, and more.
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