PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Four rehabbing-Red Sox saw action on Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium, but the Pawtucket Red Sox (26-36) dropped their fifth-consecutive game, falling to the Rochester Red Wings (27-33) by a score of 5-3.
Left-hander Brian Johnson got the start and went the first 4 innings. Johnson pitched well, giving up only one earned run while walking a pair and striking out 6.
Steven Wright made his first appearance of the season as he begins a rehab assignment while he continues to serve an 80-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's performance enhancing drug policy. The knuckleballer went 1.2 innings, retiring the first 5 batters he faced before surrendering a home run to Jake Cave.
Tzu-Wei Lin made his second-straight start as he continued his rehab assignment. Lin played shortstop once again, and he went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
Rehabbing from a right hip impingement, right-hander Tyler Thornburg tossed a scoreless, one-two-three seventh inning. Thornburg threw 18 pitches, 9 of which were strikes. He featured all three of his pitches, with his fastball touching 95 miles-per-hour.
All three runs that Pawtucket scored came via the long ball. Gorkys Hernández deposited a solo shot into the Rochester's bullpen in right field in the first inning to put Pawtucket in front 1-0.
Rochester tied the game in the third inning on Willians Astundillo's RBI single.
After Cave's home run put the Red Wings in front in the seventh, Cole Sturgeon's second home run of the year tied the game at 2 in the bottom half of the inning.
But Astundillo struck again in the top of the eighth, blasting a two-run, 410-foot home run to put his team back in front 4-2. Over the last two games after being transferred from the Minnesota Twins, Astundillo went 6-for-10 with a home run, a walk and 2 RBI's.
Pawtucket's third home run of the game came in the last half of the eighth. Bryce Brentz blasted his ninth home run of the season to bring the PawSox within a run.
Rochester got an insurance run in the ninth thanks to an RBI double from LaMonte Wade Jr
The PawSox will enjoy an off day tomorrow before beginning a series in Louisville with the Bats on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m at Louisville Slugger Field. Pawtucket right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz (3-4, 4.46 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Bats righty Keury Mella (4-5, 4.83 ERA).
Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM and 104.7 FM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.
The PawSox return home on June 18 for eight-game homestand. Thursday, June 20, will be our second-annual Hot Wiener night. On Friday, June 21, Roger Clemens will be inducted into the PawSox Hall of Fame, which will feature an exclusive, VIP meet-and-greet with Clemens. Also that night, the first 3,000 fans will receive a Jason Varitek replica jersey upon entry. Saturday, June 22, is Beatles Fireworks night. Sunday, June 23, is another Family Funday, which will include pregame catch on the field and post-game run the bases.
Good tickets are available, and fans can visit the McCoy Stadium box office, which is open Monday-Friday from 9 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.
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