Pawtucket took the series opener against the Buffalo Bisons Friday night as the Red Sox earned a 4-0 win at Coca-Cola Field.
It was the 12th time this year the Bisons have been shut out. More importantly, you can't score if you don't get on base. The Herd had just two hits -- both from Jesus Montero. The Bisons had five total bases runners with a pair of walks (Chris Colabello, Matt Dominguez) and a Pawtucket error (Andy Burns).
Credit PawSox starter Justin Haley who improved to 7-3 who gave up two hits and two walks with three strike outs.
Runs in the third: Pawtucket took a 3-0 lead in the third. With runners on base, Rusney Castillo's hit got over the head of center fielder Dalton Pompey. The triple scored two runs. Castillo then scored on a single up the middle by Ryan LaMarre.
Unearned run: The PawSox added a run in the seventh as Jantzen Witte singled and took second when Andy Burns airmailed the throw to first into the Bisons' dugout. He took third on a passed ball then easily scored on a single from Deven Marrero.
Strike out: In the fourth it looked like Chris Marrero was going to reach first on a strike out-wild pitch play. Marrero swung and missed but the ball got away from home plate and he beat out the play to first. But replay showed that Marrero's bat hit the ball on his follow through, causing the ball to get away from catcher A.J. Jimenez. So after all that, it goes down in the score book as a swinging strike out.
Rehab start: Outfielder Ezequiel Carrera joined the Bisons Friday, starting in left and batting second. Carrera was placed on the Toronto Blue Jays disabled list Aug. 1 with a left Achilles strain. He went 0 for 4 with three strike outs and a ground out to second. In 58 games for the Jays this season he has averaged .258 with four home runs and 15 runs batted in.
Carrera: "I’m good. After 15 days of no play, today it’s feeling better and I’m ready for tomorrow," Carrera said. When asked about testing his ankle in the outfield he said. "It’s only how I’m feeling with running. Today I feel 80 percent. Tomorrow I put in a little more speed."
Allenson on Carrera: "He’s obviously a little bit rusty," Bisons manager Gary Allenson said. "Chased some high fastballs and hadn’t seen a breaking ball in a couple of weeks anyway. So much of hitting is getting used to the game-speed pitches and seeing the breaking balls. I’m sure it will be better the next day and the next day." The plan is for Carrera to play left field Saturday and DH on Sunday.
Double play count: When Domonic Brown hit into a double play in the fourth inning it was the 133rd time this season the Bisons have hit into a double play. That leads all of affiliated baseball.
Counting the house: There were 11,406 at Coca-Cola Field for Friday's game.
Up next: The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday with righty Casey Lawrence (3-4, 4.00) scheduled to start for the Bisons against righty Sean O'Sullivan (6-5, 4.23). The series ends at 1:05 p.m. with righty Scott Copeland (1-1, 2.29) scheduled for the Herd and lefty Henry Owens (7-6, 3.85) set for the PawSox.