PAWTUCKET- Tim Wakefield made his second rehab start with the PawSox an impressive one, earning the win as Pawtucket nipped the Rochester Red Wings tonight, 2-1 at McCoy. The win snapped Pawtucket’s ten game losing streak.
Wakefield (1-1) was extremely effective, working 5 2/3 innings, giving up only one run on two hits. The one run did come on a homer to left by Rochester DH Justin Huber. Wake walked one and struck out four. He threw 81 pitches, 56 for strikes. He hit the last batter he faced, which ironically was Huber.
After his start Wakefield said he felt comfortable on the mound and believes he is ready to rejoin the Red Sox for his next start. (Video of Wakefield’s press conference coming soon)
Following Wakefield PawSox relievers Jose Vaquedano, Dustin Richardson, Javier Lopez, and T.J. Large held the Red Wings to one hit over the last 3 1/3 innings.
Trailing 1-0, the PawSox took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. After Angel Chavez singled and Chris Woodward walked, Josh Reddick drove in Chavez with a single to right. After the next two batters were retired, Jeff Bailey drove in the second run on a bloop single down the right field line.
Rochester starter Armanado Gabino worked only three innings, giving up one hit, walking two and striking out one. Rochester reliever Juan Morillo (4-6) took the loss.
The PawSox open up a four game series against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs beginning tomorrow night (6:05 pm). Gustavo Chacin (7-3, 3.47 ERA) will pitch for the Iron Pigs. Adam Mills (0-1, 7.88 ERA) will throw for the PawSox.