Syracuse Takes Series from PawSox with Five-Run Second Inning
(Pawtucket, RI) - The Syracuse Chiefs used a five-run second inning to win the rubber match of a five-game series, taking down the Pawtucket Red Sox, 6-1, on Thursday night at McCoy Stadium.
The five-run frame, which was capped by Trea Turner's two-run home run (4) into the PawSox bullpen, was the biggest inning allowed by the Pawtucket pitching staff in June. (The team entered the night with a 2.42 ERA this month.)
The Chiefs (34-38) won the final three games of the series to hand the PawSox (38-36) just their second home series loss in their last seven series at McCoy.
In the loss, Ryan Hanigan began his rehab assignment (neck strain) as the designated hitter for Pawtucket, while Brock Holt started the third game of his rehabilitation assignment (concussion).
Hanigan went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. His two-base hit drove home the only run of the game for the PawSox.
"Hanigan swung the bat well," manager Kevin Boles said. "He managed his at-bats and said he felt fine afterwards so that's a good first game for him."
In his second at-bat of the game, he lined a two-out, third-inning double down the left field line that scored Mike Miller from third base. The lone run that Pawtucket could muster against Austin Voth (4-3) in his six-inning start cut the deficit to 5-1.
Holt started at shortstop and committed a throwing error in the second inning. He struck out in his two at-bats and was ejected after arguing a called strike three in the third inning.
Manager Kevin Boles was also ejected from the game following the play.
Justin Haley (1-1) made his second career Triple-A start and his first at McCoy. The Pawtucket righthander allowed four hits in 5.1 innings, all of which came in the second inning.
After a walk and a single, Jason Martinson grounded a one-out RBI double down the left field line for the Chiefs' first run. The next batter, Caleb Ramsey, also grounded a ball into left field, attaining an RBI single that extended the lead to 2-0.
Tony Campana followed with a perfect squeeze bunt that scored Martinson. Turner then delivered his two-run blast, his second two-RBI hit in his last three at-bats dating to his game-winning, ninth-inning double on Wednesday.
Outside of the second inning, Haley retired 13 of the 15 batters he faced, including a dominant fourth inning in which he struck out the side.
"We didn't see the command that we saw from the first outing but we also saw some good signs from him," said Boles.
Matt Skole was one of the two batters to reach base against Haley after the second, as he walked to lead off the sixth. Kyle Martin relieved Haley with one out in the frame and allowed a double to Matt den Dekker that drove home Skole with the sixth Syracuse run, all of which were charged to Haley.
Martin retired eight of the next nine batters he faced, tossing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. He fanned the final three Chiefs he faced.
Pat Light tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning with two strikeouts.
The PawSox continue their homestand by opening a three-game series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. Pawtucket lefthander Roenis Elias (4-3, 3.54) is scheduled to take the mound against Scranton righty Luis Severino (3-0, 2.52). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the Pawtucket Red Sox radio network begins at 6:35 p.m.
Tomorrow night's game also features a spectacular 1990's themed postgame fireworks show. Good seats for all three games this weekend against the RailRiders are still available at the McCoy Stadium box office, by calling (401) 724-7300 or by visiting pawsox.com.
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