For the fourth time in five games the Pawtucket Red Sox scored in the late innings to earn a win. Today the PawSox broke a 1-1 tie by scoring three runs in the eighth to come away with a 4-1 victory over the Charlotte Knights.
Both teams were locked into a pitcher’s duel before the PawSox took the lead, scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh on a Gustavo Molina RBI single.
After the Knights tied it in the top of the eighth, Niuman Romero led off the PawSox eighth by reaching on a bunt single off Charlotte reliever Greg Aquino (0-3). Romero was sacrificed to second by Angel Chavez and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After Daniel Nava grounded out and Lars Anderson walked, Romero scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Aaron Bates. Josh Reddick then drove in Anderson and Bates with a double to right.
This game started out as a pitcher’s duel with both Charlotte’s Carlos Torres and the PawSox Michael Bowden matching each other by holding the other team scoreless through six. Bowden, although not getting the decision, held the Knights to four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out seven. Torres gave up one run and struck out ten over 6 1/3 innings of work.
T.J. Large (2-0) got the win in relief. Robert Manuel picked-up the save.
Game two of the four game series is tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Jeff Marquez (4-4, 4.61 ERA) goes for the Knights. Boof Bonser (0-2,8.03 ERA) will start for the PawSox.
NOTES: It looks like former PawSox outfielder Jonathan Van Every will not be coming back to McCoy. Re-acquired earlier season from the Pirates when Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury went down with injuries, Van Every was traded back to Pittsburgh today in exchange for minor league catcher Josue Peley.