Credit: Holy Cross
Buffalo, NY-The Worcester Red Sox of Pawtucket are back at .500 after they beat the Buffalo Bisons 6-4 last night. The big hit came in the 5th on a 3-run blast by Rusney Castillo, which made the score 6-1. It was a breakout night for former Holy Cross star, Nick Lovullo, who went 3-4. The former Crusader's first AAA hit knocked in the Sox first run of the game in the 3rd. Later that inning Lovullo would score on a Gorkys Hernandez sacrifice fly. A wild pitch by Bisons starter, Jacob Waguespack scored Mike Miller, making the score 3-0.
Sox starter Mike Shawaryn pitched a great game. His breaking ball was fooling hitters all night. He went 6 innings, giving up just 1 run on 6 hits. He struck out 7 while only gave up 1 walk en route to picking up his first win of the season. The bullpen wasn't so hot. Domingo Tapia pitched 2 innings in relief. In the 7th a Jordan Paterson double drove in Andy Burns, making the score 6-2. Patrick Cantwell would later single of Tapia driving in Paterson adding another run for Buffalo.
In the 9th Manager Billy McMillion brought in Bobby Poyner to close this one out. Poyner, who will be getting a World Series ring of his own before the PawSox home opener, started off a little shaky. He give up a run on 2 hits before settling down and striking out the next 3 consecutive batters for the save.
The Sox win 6-4 and improve their record to 3-3. Congrats to Nick Lovullo, whose dad is former Red Sox Bench Coach and current Diamondbacks Manager Torey Lovullo, for collecting his first AAA hit, stolen base, and run. The Sox close out the series today at 1 before heading home for Thursday's home opener at McCoy.
274 more games until WooSox baseball.