August 19, 2017 - International League (IL) - Pawtucket Red Sox
Columbus, OH - Tzu-Wei Lin blasted a two-run home run that broke a 2-2, seventh-inning tie and sent the Pawtucket Red Sox to a 4-2 win over the Columbus Clippers on Saturday night at Huntington Park.
Lin's blast - his first AAA homer - came immediately after a pitching change that put lefthander Kyle Crockett on the mound and served as the decisive blow for an offense that backed a strong start from Jalen Beeks (6-4). The victory served as the PawSox' first in Columbus since 2014.
Pawtucket (61-65) and Columbus (65-61) traded big two-run swings in the first six innings of the game. In the opening inning, the PawSox made Columbus starter Chris Narveson pay for a bout of wildness. After Sam Travis and Bryce Brentz walked, Ryan Court ripped a fastball into the gap in left-center field to score both and give the PawSox their first lead at 2-0.
In the bottom of the sixth, Beeks made his only mistake of the night and paid a heavy price. After Michael Martinez reached on an infield single, the Major-League rehabbing Lonnie Chisenhall hit a game-tying home run to right field.
Immediately following the homer, Beeks allowed an infield hit to Yandy Diaz and a bunt single to Ronny Rodriguez; thereafter, he made his biggest pitches of the night. With two aboard and no outs, Beeks retired Erik Gonzalez, Richie Shaffer and Daniel Robertson to keep the game tied and set the table for Lin's heroics.
Prior to the Chisenhall blast, Beeks was typically stingy. The PawSox' lefthander allowed a pair of hits in the bottom of the first but induced an inning-ending double playoff the bat of Ronny Rodriguez. Beeks then retired the Clippers in order in the second, worked around a double in the third and fanned two more in a scoreless fourth.
Narveson, meanwhile, settled in after the Court double. The veteran southpaw allowed only three more hits in his final four innings - and two of them were consecutive Matt Dominguez doubles.
After Beeks retired Columbus in order in the seventh, Austin Maddox took the mound and slammed the door shut. Maddox retired six of the seven Columbus hitters he faced with two strikeouts to earn his fourth Pawtucket save.
The PawSox play the rubber match of their three-game series with the Columbus Clippers on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. at Huntington Park. PawSox right-hander Justin Haley (2-1, 3.14) will take the mound against Columbus righty Jarrett Grube (5-7, 4.83). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the PawSox Insider Show at 4:35 p.m.
The PawSox return home for the final homestand of the season Monday and will be at McCoy from August 21st until Sunday the 27th. Good seats are available, and fans can visit the McCoy Stadium box office, which is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., and during all home games. Fans can also call (401) 724-7300 or log on to PawSox.com for tickets.