PawSox slam Herd
The thorn in the Bisons side struck one final time.
PawSox centerfielder Josh Reddick hit a grand slam as part of a five-run 10th inning as Pawtucket defeated the Bisons, 8-3, on Wednesday night from Coca-Cola Field.
With the win, the Red Sox took four of the six games in their series with the Bisons. However, Buffalo did not lose any ground in the IL Wild Card race as Columbus and Louisville also lost on Wednesday.
Reddick entered the series finale with eight hits in previous nine at-bats against Buffalo, including a 5-5 performance in Tuesday night’s loss. After going 1-4 in Wednesday’s first nine innings, he launched a 2-1 offering from Adam Pettyjohn into the berm in right-centerfield to give him four home runs and eight RBI in the last three games.
Overall, Reddick had 12 hits in the six-game series with the Herd.
Reddick’s homer actually wasn’t the game-winning run. Walks ended up hurting the Bisons the most as Lars Anderson and Jack Hannahan drew free passes off reliever Sean Green. Jorge Jimenez put Pawtucket up for good when he singled home Anderson with two outs in the 10th. Niuman Romero followed with an infield single to load the bases for Reddick’s slam.
The Bisons fought back from an early 3-0 deficit to force extra innings with solo runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings. Valentino Pascucci completed the comeback with a laser home run into the left field screen with two outs in the eighth inning.
Andy Green got the Herd on the board when doubled home Mike Cervenak for the Herd’s first run. Nick Evans led off the sixth inning with a triple and scored on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’s grounder.
The Bisons will now leave for a five-game in four-day roadtrip. The next two nights are in Syracuse and a doubleheader is scheduled on Saturday for a weekend series in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
BISONS NOTES: Prior to the game, the Bisons placed Fernando Martinez on the disabled list with right knee soreness. The move was made retroactive to August 23, so F-Mart would be eligible to come off the DL on Monday…Mike O’Connor continued his dominance over the PawSox. With two more solid innings of relief, the lefty has 18 strikeouts in 11.2 scoreless innings against Pawtucket. Wednesday night’s game was Buffalo’s 12th extra-inning game this season. Eleven have come at Coca-Cola Field.