--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Images by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats came close to winning the series, but fell short.
They dropped the rubber match. Pawtucket jumped out to an early lead, and maintained through the rest of the game. The Red Sox won 6-2.
Their first run came in the top of the second inning. Mike Miller drilled a single to Gabriel Guerrero in right field, scoring Jantzen Witte.
Pawtucket scored two in the top of the third. Rusney Castillo hit his 27th double of the season to center field. CJ McElroy dove to make the catch, but was about five feet short. The hit scored Oscar Hernandez. Tony Renda came home the next batter, on a Brandon Phillips sacrifice fly.
Gabriel Guerrero and DJ Peterson drove in two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Guerrero hit a soft infield single to short, plating across Josh VanMeter. Then, McElroy scored on a bases-loaded walk with Peterson at the plate.
Louisville’s starter was recently-sent-down RHP Tyler Mahle. He had an all-right start, going six innings with seven hits and one walk. The hits and walks translated to three runs, all earned. His Triple-A ERA rests at 4.50.
In comparison, Mahle went further than opposing starter Mike Shawaryn. Shawaryn went five innings, and gave up two runs, both earned, on four hits and four base on balls. He struck out seven.
Pawtucket added three in the top of the seventh. Sam Travis singled in Renda. Then, Josh Ockimey doubled to left, scoring Phillips. Witte singled in Travis. The half-inning extended the Red Sox lead to four.
Louisville moves to 51-62. They open a series against Lehigh Valley tomorrow. RHP Lucas Sims (0-0, 1.80) takes on LHP Ranger Suarez (2-0, 3.12). The game will be at 7pm.