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The Pawtucket Red Sox have enjoyed a great start to their second trip to upstate New York, taking all four games in Buffalo before dropping the first two games of a four-game set against the Chiefs.
In Thursday’s voting update for the AAA All-Star Game, Pawtucket’s Ryan Lavarnway led at catcher and Pedro Ciriaco led at second base. Jose Iglesias is in second place at shortstop, behind Buffalo’s Omar Quintanilla. You can vote for the AAA All-Star Game here.
On Tuesday, Cody Ross ended his rehab and returned to Boston. Fellow outfielder Jason Repko began his own rehab stint and took Ross’ spot on the roster.
Doug Mathis had a great start, tossing six shutout innings while scattering three hits. Buffalo starter Matt Harvey was matching Mathis inning by inning until Ryan Lavarnway hit a three-run homer in the sixth, his sixth of the year. Daniel Bard was dominant en route to his first hold, striking out four over two innings. Pedro Ciriaco doubled in the eighth and scored on a Josh Kroeger single to tack on an insurance run.
Pedro Ciriaco led off the game with a home run off of Buffalo starter Dylan Owen to give Pawtucket an early advantage. Tony Thomas led off the third with a homer to make it 2-0. After throwing 60 pitches through three innings, Owen was relieved by Jack Egbert, who promptly gave up a two-run blast to Ryan Kalish.
On the other side, Justin Germano turned in another solid outing, going 5.2 innings while striking out six. Germano’s only run came on a solo shot from Matt Den Dekker. Not to be left out, Lars Anderson went deep in the ninth to increase the Red Sox lead to 8-1.
Billy Buckner was rocked again, giving up five runs in five innings while striking out just one. Pawtucket caught a break with one out in the sixth when Ryan Kalish reached on an error. A wild pitch moved Kalish to second, and Ryan Lavarnway doubled to give the Sox a 7-5 lead. Junichi Tazawa and Mark Prior combined for four no-hit innings to seal the victory.
Brandon Duckworth was outstanding, giving up an unearned run over six three-hit innings while striking out nine. Mike Rivera led off the second inning with his first homer of the year to open the scoring. In his next at bat, Rivera singled to drive in Hassan and Lin.
Daniel Bard fired two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 6.00.
Aaron Cook struggled in his first start in six weeks, giving up three runs in just four innings. Josh Kroeger homered in the sixth to cut the Syracuse lead to one. Pawtucket took the lead in the seventh on a three-run shot from Nate Spears, but Tony Pena, Jr. gave it right back in the bottom of the inning. The loss dropped Pena’s record to 0-5 and raised his ERA to 6.87.
Doug Mathis pitched a solid six innings, but was betrayed by his fielders. With one out in the fourth inning, Nate Spears committed a throwing error, resulting in runners on second and third. Jim Negrych singled to increase Syracuse’s lead to 3-0. Tony Thomas homered to lead off the fifth to get Pawtucket on the board, but the Chiefs, got the run back in the bottom of the inning on a Xavier Paul RBI single. Alex Hassan led off the sixth with a home run to again bring the Sox to within one, but the combination of Henry Rodriguez, Jeff Mandel, and Hassan Pena combined to keep the score at 4-3.