PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Backed by a Jhonny Peralta home run, the Pawtucket Red Sox earned a pair of 5-2 victories over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Saturday night at McCoy Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of 10,032.
Pawtucket smacked three home runs and outhit the RailRiders (49-32), 13-3, in the first game and followed that up with a second win just hours later thanks to a pair of blasts.
In the first game, Jhonny Peralta debuted at third base and went 2-for-5 with a double and a solo home run to left.
Red Sox utility man Brock Holt (vertigo) began another rehab assignment in the second game, batted leadoff and served as the designated hitter. Holt went 1-for-3 with a soft line drive single over short.
Rehabbing Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval (inner ear infection) went 1-for-8 in the two games with a no-doubt, solo homer yanked to left in the second game.
PawSox outfielder Bryce Brentz continued his recent surge by combining to go 4-for-7 with a home run, two doubles and a walk. Brentz now has 18 home runs this season, including five this week.
PawSox starting pitcher Jalen Beeks threw the first three innings Friday and stacked up five strikeouts over the three frames of one-hit ball. Right-handed reliever Jamie Callahan (W, 1-1) retired all six batters he faced with a trio of strikeouts, and righty Austin Maddox (S, 2) stranded two in a scoreless ninth.
RailRiders reliever J.R. Graham (L, 0-1) allowed two runs on four hits over two stanzas.
Before the game was suspended Friday, Peralta pulled a one-out double to left in the first inning, and, two batters later, Brentz clobbered a two-run shot to left-center — his 18th homer of the season and his fifth of the week.
After the game’s resumption Saturday, the RailRiders tied the game in the fifth when designated hitter Jake Cave blasted a two-run shot to right-center.
PawSox left fielder Ryan Court, however, pushed Pawtucket back ahead with an opposite-field, two-run long ball in the bottom of the sixth, making it 4-2.
Peralta hit a solo homer to left in the eighth to add an insurance run.
Following, Héctor Velázquez (W, 5-1) worked six-plus innings of two-run ball with six strikeouts. Right-hander Brandon Workman (S, 2) entered, fanned two and buttoned up the victory.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Dietrich Enns (L, 0-1) retired the first 10 batters he faced but ceded three runs on four hits and a walk in five frames.
The PawSox broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when Sandoval crushed a solo homer over the left-field bullpen and became the first Pawtucket batter to reach against Enns.
Aneury Tavarez bounced a two-run single up the middle in the fifth to stretch the lead to 3-0.
In the sixth, Pawtucket first baseman Matt Dominguez hammered a two-run blast to center to make it 5-0.
The RailRiders climbed on the board in the seventh on a two-run long ball from left fielder Devyn Bolasky.
The PawSox continue their four-game series Sunday at 6:05 p.m. at McCoy Stadium. PawSox right-hander Shawn Haviland (4-5, 3.86) is scheduled to oppose RailRiders righty Chance Adams (5-2, 2.27). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the PawSox Pre-Game Show at 5:35 p.m.
The four-game home series runs through Monday at McCoy Stadium. Box seats are sold out for Monday’s game, and other seats are going fast. Fans can visit the McCoy Stadium box office, which is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., and during all home games. Fans can also call (401) 724-7300 or log on to PawSox.com for tickets.
Game 1 recap
Game 2 recap
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The Road Ahead
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The IronPigs impressive horde of home run hitters drilled a trio of solo shots en route to a 5-0 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox on a rainy Monday night at McCoy Stadium. The PawSox (34-33) were held to just five hits. Including three singles from designated hitter Allen Craig and dropped the opener of the three-game set with the IronPigs (46-24). Lehigh Valley began the night with the third-best record in all of full-season Minor League Baseball.
PawSox starter Shawn Haviland (L, 3-5) worked six-plus innings and yielded five runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. Lefty Josh Smith, in his second appearance since being promoted from Double-A Portland, added three shutout stanzas.
Lehigh Valley starter and former No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel (W, 5-3) delivered 8.1 shutout innings in the longest outing of his professional career, which now spans 75 starts. The 25-year old fanned eight, walked three and gave up five hits before leaving after 119 pitches with a 5-0 lead and runners at the corners with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Additionally, IronPigs slugging first baseman Rhys Hoskins hit a pair of solo home runs, moving into the International League lead with his 16th and 17th long balls.
Lehigh Valley leadoff man Cam Perkins ripped a solo shot to left field to begin the ballgame, and Hoskins started the second with a blast to center to make it 2-0.
Following zeroes over the next four frames, Hoskins led off the seventh by vaulting the third pitch he saw to left field to extend the gap to 3-0. Then, after a trio of consecutive singles, IronPigs No. 9 hitter Angelo Mora and Perkins lofted sacrifice flies to make it 5-0.
The Road Ahead for the PawSox and IronPigs
Pawtucket continued its three-game series against Lehigh Valley on Tuesday at McCoy Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Jalen Beeks squared off against Jake Thompson.
Radio coverage on of PawSox games can always be found on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network beginning with the PawSox Pre-Game Show.