PawSox win 2-0 on pair of defensive follies
Neither starting pitcher allowed an earned run, but some defensive follies pushed the Red Sox to a 2-0 win over the Bisons at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium Saturday night.
In the second, right fielder Fernando Martinez’ error, dropping a long fly ball, allowed Nate Spears to reach second and move Hector Luna, who previously doubled, to third.
Southpaw starter Pat Misch appeared to escape the jam, getting a two-out pop up by Alex Valdez, but the Bisons’ infield lost the ball with a gust of wind in the late afternoon sun. Despite the misplay, Valdez was credited with a hit. Luna and Spears scored before Zach Lutz caught Valdez trying to stretch his single to a double.
Aside from the second – where both of his runs were unearned - Misch settled down, pitching 6 1/3 innings, allowing three hits without a walk and five strikeouts. Miguel Batista replaced Misch to finish the seventh in his second appearance with the Bisons.
Misch’s counterpart, righty Tony Pena, shut out the Bisons into the sixth inning, when he left after a Mike Nickeas leadoff walk. On 78 pitches, Pena allowed two hits, walked one and struck out four. Lefty Tommy Hottovy retired the next three batters to maintain the 2-0 lead.
The Bisons’ best chance to climb back in the game came in the seventh, when Valentino Pascucci collided with Pawtucket first basemen Lars Anderson on his missed catch. Martinez moved from second to third on the play, but Pascucci was only awarded first after the error and collision.
Hottovy then capitalized on Buffalo’s misfortune, escaping on an inning-ending double play.
Batista shut out Pawtucket over 1 2/3 innings on two hits, a walk and a strikeout.
The Bisons conclude a weeklong road trip and two-game series with Pawtucket Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Game Notes: The Bisons drop to 2-5 in the season series with Pawtucket… Only Michael Fisher and Jesus Feliciano collected hits on the night… Major league veteran Batista, 40, made his Buffalo debut July 5 after signing with the Mets that day.