SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The PawSox got a great pitching performance from the Steven Wright and Mark Hamilton drove in three as Pawtucket defeated the Chiefs 7-1 to finish up their nine-game, nine-day road trip to Buffalo and Syracuse.
After two scoreless innings, the PawSox were the first to strike in Syracuse. Ronald Bermudez led off the 3rd with a single, Alberto Rosario was hit by a pitch and, on the 10th pitch of his at bat, Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled into right center to score a pair. Mark Hamilton then singled with two outs to make it a 3-0 game.
Pawtucket sent knuckleballer Steven Wright to the hill and he was dominant early. In the 3rd, though, a couple of infield singles with two outs loaded the bases. A passed ball on Rosario allowed Syracuse to score a run before Wright ended the frame with a ground out.
In the 5th, the PawSox put up a crooked number plating four runs. A single and an error put runners on the corners before Xander Bogaerts delivered an RBI ground out making it 4-1. After a walk, Hamilton doubled to left center scoring two more. With two out, Drew Sutton singled to right scoring Hamilton to bring the tally to 7-1 Pawtucket.
Steven Wright would encounter no further hiccups as he allowed just three total base runners after the 3rd inning, two singles and a walk. He would throw a total of seven innings allowing just the one unearned run on seven hits while walking one and striking out four. He threw 98 pitches, 71 for strikes.
Jose De La Torre and Brock Huntzinger each got out of bases loaded jams in the 8th and 9th innings to secure the 7-1 victory.
Mark Hamilton led the offense with a pair of hits including a double and three RBI. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a two-run double and scored twice.
The PawSox will return to McCoy Tuesday for an eight-game homestand. First, the Lousiville Bats come in for a four-game series before the Buffalo Bisons come to town Saturday for another four-game set. Tuesday, Pawtucket will send knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (2-3, 5.80) to the mound against righty Chad Reineke (8-10, 4.04) of the Bats.
Tuesday, the PawSox will host another "Peanut Free Night" at McCoy Stadium. Peanut products will not be sold anywhere throughout the ballpark during the game. This "Peanut Free" game has been scheduled on the first day of a homestand ensuring that McCoy Stadium will be completely washed down multiple times to allow for a safe peanut free environment. Peanuts, Cracker Jacks, peanut flavored ice cream, and ice cream that contain peanuts will not be sold. In addition, no peanut products will be in any of the concession stands on August 13.