August 28, 2017 - International League (IL) - Pawtucket Red Sox
PawSox Set Franchise Record With 18th Shutout Win
Kyle Kendrick leads Pawtucket to 2-0 win over Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Kyle Kendrick cruised early, and a trio of Pawtucket Red Sox relievers cemented a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Bisons, as the PawSox set a franchise record Monday night at Coca-Cola Field with their 18th shutout victory of the season.
Following Sunday's combined one-hit shutout against Lehigh Valley in the home finale, Pawtucket (64-71) opened its season-ending, eight-game road trip with a well-played, four-hit shutout of the Bisons (61-74). The PawSox pitching staff has only yielded 13 total hits in its last four games.
Kendrick (W, 4-7), who faced just one above the minimum through five frames, breezed through six shutout innings on just 62 pitches, didn't issue a walk and only gave up three hits. The right-hander set down the first seven batters he faced, allowed a pair of consecutive singles (including an infield hit) in the third and then retired the next nine he faced before ceding a double in his final inning.
Rehabbing Red Sox reliever Carson Smith, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2016, turned in a fifth consecutive scoreless outing/inning, working around a softly hit, two-out groundball single up the middle. The former Mariners reliever generated a pair of groundouts and a lineout to the left side of the infield. Now in eight total Pawtucket rehab outings - seven of which have been scoreless - Smith has a 2.45 ERA.
Fellow rehabber Ben Taylor (intercostal strain) replaced Smith in the eighth and followed Friday's 1-2-3 inning - in which he had two strikeouts - with another 1-2-3 stanza that included a strikeout on a 95 MPH fastball.
Pawtucket right-hander Austin Maddox (S, 6) shored up the victory with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Kendrick, in particular, benefited from the sterling play of PawSox third baseman Matt Dominguez, who delivered his typically outstanding defense and made a pair of consecutive diving plays in the bottom of the fifth. Dominguez also drove in one of the two runs.
Elsewhere offensively, Pawtucket's No. 5-8 hitters - first baseman Sam Travis (2-for-4, R), left fielder Ryan Court (3-for-4, 2B), designated hitter Blake Swihart (2-for-4) and second baseman Deven Marrero (2-for-3, BB) - all contributed multi-hit evenings in the PawSox' 12-hit showing.
Buffalo starter Murphy Smith (L, 4-5) scattered eight hits over five innings but did allow a pair of runs.
With two outs in the top of the third, Dominguez scorched an RBI single off the left-field wall to score catcher Dan Butler and lift the PawSox to an early 1-0 advantage.
Pawtucket loaded the bases with three straight singles to begin the fourth inning, and Butler lifted a sacrifice line in foul territory down the right-field line to score Travis and double the lead.
The PawSox continue their four-game series in Buffalo on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. PawSox left-hander Jalen Beeks (6-5, 3.45) is scheduled to oppose Bisons righty Nick Tepesch (2-3, 4.83). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the PawSox Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.