Bisons Rally in Eighth Inning, Top PawSox, 4-2
Bisons Rally in Eighth Inning, Top PawSox, 4-2 Justin Haley continues successful return to Sox system [cid:3e5ac33a-2d10-8942-ed2d-248a32cf3ea4] BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo's three-run eighth inning spoiled a strong start from Pawtucket Red Sox righty Justin Haley, as the Bisons erupted late for a 4-2 win over the PawSox on Thursday night at Coca-Cola Field.
What started as a pitchers' duel into the sixth inning changed course down the stretch, as the PawSox (65-73) scored in the seventh and eighth to go ahead 2-1, only for the Bisons (63-75) to rally in the home half of the eighth to earn a split in the four-game series.
Pawtucket starter Justin Haley dealt seven innings of one-run ball on just four hits and a pair of walks, notching his sixth quality start in his seven outings since returning to the Red Sox organization.
Rehabbing Red Sox reliever Carson Smith (L, 1-1), in his ninth Pawtucket appearance while coming back from Tommy John surgery, allowed a trio of runs (two earned) in the eighth inning on four singles, a walk and a pair of PawSox errors. Smith induced a groundout to begin his night, then ceded a two-strike single to Buffalo's speedy Roemon Fields, who promptly stole second. Pawtucket catcher Dan Butler delivered a strike to second, but the throw deflected off Fields on his headfirst dive, allowing Fields to move to third. Following a walk and a steal, Buffalo left fielder Michael Saunders singled to right to score a run, but Bryce Brentz threw out the would-be go-ahead run at the plate. However, the next batter singled to center, and Tzu-Wei Lin misplayed the ball, allowing Saunders to score from first. Bisons cleanup man Rowdy Tellez then punched an RBI through the vacated left side of the infield, beating the shift.
PawSox first baseman Jantzen Witte (3-for-4, R, 2 2B, RBI) paced the offense in the late innings, and third baseman Matt Dominguez (3-for-4), recorded another multi-hit night, continuing his sizzling two-month stretch.
In his Triple-A debut, 23-year old Buffalo starter Ryan Borucki impressed with six punchouts in six shutout innings, issuing just one walk to go along with a half-dozen hits. Reliever Chris Smith (W, 2-3) allowed a run in each of the seventh and eighth innings, but his offense bailed him out, and righty Leonel Campos (S, 9) buttoned up the victory in the ninth.
Buffalo finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the sixth inning when Bisons third baseman Christian Lopes led off the frame with a solo homer to left field.
With two outs in the top of the seventh inning against Chris Smith, Pawtucket catcher Dan Butler yanked a game-tying double to left field, scoring Witte and making it 1-1.
An inning later, Witte slapped the first pitch he saw into right field for a two-out single to score left fielder Brian Bogusevic and push Pawtucket ahead, 2-1.
Buffalo, however, surged in the bottom of the eighth inning. Saunders supplied a game-tying RBI single and scored on a single and the Pawtucket error in center field. Then Tellez stroked an RBI single the other way to make it 4-2.
The PawSox open a four-game series in Rochester on Friday at 7:05 p.m. PawSox left-hander Brian Johnson (3-3, 2.77) is scheduled to oppose Red Wings righty Aaron Slegers (14-4, 3.37).
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