Brentz Homers Twice in 11-Inning Loss to Chiefs
PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Bryce Brentz crushed a pair of 400-plus-foot homers, and Joe Kelly sailed through an inning of relief, but the Syracuse Chiefs outlasted the Pawtucket Red Sox, 6-5, in 11 innings Wednesday night in a game that ended minutes before midnight at McCoy Stadium.
Following an 85-minute rain delay, Syracuse (41-67) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first, then broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth with a four-run frame. Pawtucket (54-55), however, responded with three runs in the fifth and a game-tying run in the eighth before the Chiefs netted the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th to secure the middle meeting in the three-game series.
Rehabbing Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly (left hamstring strain) cruised through a 1-2-3 top of the seventh inning on eight pitches (six strikes). Kelly needed three pitches to get a soft groundout to third, then generated a hard lineout to center on his very next pitch before he struck out Syracuse's cleanup hitter, Clint Robinson, with a 96 MPH fastball to cap his night. In all, Kelly threw five fastballs that averaged 95 MPH. The right-hander, who has a 1.49 ERA in 34 relief appearances with the Red Sox this season, then went back out to the bullpen and threw 13 more pitches under the watchful eye of player development consultant and former All-Star closer Keith Foulke.
"I felt good, had some decent command of my stuff, threw all four of my pitches tonight which was a plus," Kelly said. "Fastball command was pretty good and overall felt pretty solid.
"We're gonna see how it feels and looks tomorrow. Ultimately, like I said, just see how that goes. But next step hopefully be back with the team sometime this weekend."
Brentz, meanwhile, went 2-for-5 with a pair of solo homers, upping his total to 24, which is tied for the lead in the International League. The 28-year old slugger has a .903 OPS and has tallied three long balls in the last two games.
PawSox starter Jalen Beeks surrendered a season-high 10 hits and a Triple-A-high five earned runs over six innings with six strikeouts, while righty Noe Ramirez (L, 3-3) fanned four in two innings but allowed the go-ahead run in the 11th.
Syracuse starter John Simms allowed four runs in five innings with no walks and four punchouts, while reliever Wander Suero (W, 2-1) threw two hitless innings, and veteran right-hander Kevin Jepsen (S, 1) collected the save.
The Chiefs started the scoring in the first when they loaded the bases and received an RBI fielder's choice from left fielder Chad Huffman.
Brentz tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the fourth when he laced a laser to left field - measured at 109 MPH off the bat and an estimated 432 feet - over the Pawtucket bullpen.
Syracuse promptly responded in the top of the fifth with three consecutive hits, including an RBI double from second baseman Brandon Snyder to push the Chiefs back ahead 2-1. Designated hitter and Robinson later launched a three-run blast to right-center field to stretch the gap to 5-1.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Castillo teed off on his 12th home run of the season, a three-run blast of his own to deep center field - a homer that left the bat at 105 MPH - to trim the Pawtucket deficit to one, 5-4.
Brentz tied the game in the bottom of the eighth when he mashed a towering 417-foot shot off the batter's eye in center field.
In the top of the 11th, Syracuse catcher Pedro Severino stroked a one-out double down the right-field line, and pinch-hitter Irving Falu reeled him in with an RBI single to right.
The PawSox conclude their three-game series against Syracuse on Thursday at 12:05 p.m. PawSox right-hander Shawn Haviland (6-6, 3.88) is scheduled to oppose Chiefs right-hander Jaron Long (2-4, 4.60). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the PawSox Pre-Game Show at 11:35 a.m.
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.
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