Ryan L. Fox
It was a beautiful evening down on 1 Columbus Avenue as the hometown Pawtucket Red Sox kicked off their home opener for the 2017 season. After the pre-game ceremonies, the boys of Pawtucket summer began their opening homestand by welcoming in their International North divisional rivals, the Syracuse Chiefs.
Taking the mound for the PawSox was Kyle Kendricks, making his own season debut for the team. The home team was able to get on the board first with a solo HR by CF Rusney Castillo in the bottom of the first inning. However, the Chiefs blew things open with a 3-run top of the second inning and didn’t look back for the rest of the contest. They tacked on 8 more runs in the later innings to make it 11-2 by the time we hit the 7th inning stretch.
The PawSox were able to score 2 runs in the eighth inning and were able to get the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, scoring a run in the process. However it was too little too late as the PawSox fell to the Chiefs with the final score of 13-4 in favor of the visitors, suffering their worst home opener loss in 25 years.
After the game, PawSox manager Kevin Boles sat down with the media to discuss what happened during the game, including his team’s offense performance, the debut of SP Kyle Kendricks, and much more.
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