After a strong outing from Dave Bush, the Paw Sox pounded away against the IronPigs bullpen. Pawtucket took the game over in the sixth inning with a two-run home run from Mauro Gomez and a three-run blast off the bat of Daniel Nava. Both home runs came off 'Pigs reliever Raul Valdes.
Will Middlebrooks' long ball highlighted a two-run eighth inning for the Red Sox off Jeremy Horst to round out the scoring.
Bush (0-1) suffered the tough-luck loss allowing just one unearned run on two hits in five innings of work; however the IronPigs offense could never get on track.
In the second, back-to-back singles from Joe Thurston and Cody Overbeck put runners on first and second with one out but three pitches later Derrick Mitchell grounded into the 5-4-3 inning-ending double play. From there, Paw Sox pitchers would face the minimum until the ninth inning.
Ross Ohlendorf earned the win for Pawtucket allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three over six scoreless innings in his 2012 debut. Before an injury plagued 2011 season, Ohlendorf was a solid Major League starter with Pittsburgh posting a 3.98 ERA from 2009-2010.
The IronPigs return home to open a five-game homestand on Wednesday night against Bryce Harper and the Syracuse Chiefs. RHP Austin Hyatt (0-0, 3.18) will take the mound for his second start of the season at Coca-Cola Park. The Chiefs will counter with RHP Tanner Roark (0-1, 1.50).
Bacon Bits: OF Scott Podsednik made his season debut on Tuesday afternoon going 0-for-4 after being on the Temporarily Inactive List for the first five games of the season... Podsednik hit .245 in 18 G in an injury plagued 2011 season with the IronPigs... The IronPigs bullpen entered Tuesday's game with a 0.68 ERA (13.1 IP, ER) and finished it with a 4.41 ERA (16.1 IP, 8 ER)... The win for RHP Scott Elarton last night was his first since 5/22/10 with Charlotte (AAA) and his first as a starting pitcher since 6/28/07 with Omaha (AAA). His line: W, 5 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 3 bb, 4 k -- in his first pro appearance in 683 days (5/27/10) and his first pro start in 1721 days (7/24/07).