Michael Chavis Courtesy:MiLB.com
Pawtucket, RI-The Pawsox won their second seires in a row, taking 3 out of 4 against the Syracuse Mets over their weekend. Their record improves to 6-4. On Saturday the Sox cruised to an easy 7-2 win behind a another sold start. Josh Smith dominated, going 6 innings, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits. He struck out 10 and didn't walk anyone. At one point he retired 10 in a row. He also struck out 6 batters in a row swinging. The lone run he gave up was a solo home run by Travis Taijeron in the 5th. Taijeron would have another solo shot in the 7th off Domingo Tapia. Those 2 home runs accounted for the only 2 runs of the day for the Mets.
Michael Chavis, who started the day in the midst of an 0-19 slump got the bats going early for the Sox. In the bottom of the 1st Chavis launced a pitched 470 feet giving the Sox an early 1-0 lead. The Sox would score 4 runs with 2 out in the 5th. Nick Lovullo, who was starting in his first game at McCoy, singled home Cole Sturgeon giving the Sox a 2-1 lead. A Tzu-Wei Lin walk brought Rusney Castillio to plate. Castillo hit his 2nd home run of the year making the score 5-1.
In the 8th an error by Tim Tebow in left turned a Chavis double into a triple and he would score on a sac fly by Bryce Brentz. The Sox would get their final run on a Cole Sturgeon RBI single.
It wasn't a save situation, but Jenrry Mejia came in for the 9th and looked good again, giving up just 1 hit and striking out 1. Chavis would end day going 3 for 4. Sandy Leon had his first hit since the season opener. He was 1-4 on the day.
The winning continued on Sunday. The Sox loaded the bases in the 1st off Mets starter Zach Lee, but only managed an RBI walk by Josh Ockimey. Bryce Brentz, who is struggling at the plate ended the rally by grounding into a double play.
The Mets tied the game at 1 in the 2nd on an rbi single by Tim Tebow. They had their only lead of the day in the follwing inning when an rbi double by Dilson Herera gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. The Sox would tie the game at 2 in the 5th on a 2 out RBI single by Castillio, then a solo shot by Michael Chavis into the McCoy Stadium parking lot gave the Sox a 3-2 lead. Later that inning Josh Ockimey would hit his 3rd home run of the year with Sam Travis on first. making the score 5-2.
In relief Dan Runzler gave up his first hits and runs of the year. The runs came in the 7th on a 2 run shot by former major leaguer, Carlos Gomez making the score 5-4 Pawtucket.
Bobby Poyner picked up the save for the Sox. He walked 1 and struck out 1. Leon was 0-3, Lin was 0-3. Castillio ended the day going 3-4 and Chavis was 2-4. The Sox take on The Buffalo Sons of former Major Leaguers tonight at 6 at McCoy. It will be the McCoy Stadium debut for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The Buffalo roster also includes son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, and son of Dante Bichette. The Sox swept Buffalo in a weather shortened 2 game series last week.
270 games until WooSox baseball.