The last thing the Boston Red Sox would seem to need is more power in their batting order. They may get it soon from two young prospects with the Pawtucket Red Sox, were recently promoted from Double-A ball.
Third baseman Michael Chavis, 23, and Josh Ockimey, 22, led the PawSox to an 8-3 rout of the Buffalo Bisons Sunday afternoon before 11,094 at Coca-Cola Field in the next-to-last home game of the 2018 season for the Herd.
The left-hand swinging Ockimey hit his fifth home run in just 19 games since being promoted to Pawtucket. Chavis went 3 for 5 with two RBIs, giving him eight hits in 14 at-bats since his promotion from Portland on Friday. Chavis is batting .571.
Pawtucket had 13 hits, 12 against Bisons starter Brandon Cumpton (2-4). The Red Sox were very efficient, leaving only five runners on base. The Bisons, on the other hand, found their clutch hitting wanting. The Herd left 11 on base.
Two of the Bisons runs came on a home run in the sixth inning by Darnell Sweeney, who had two hits. Newcomer Alberto Mineo also had two hits for the Herd.
Points of interest: Bisons prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 0 for 4 with a walk. He also reached on an error in the first inning when Buffalo put two runners on with one out but left them stranded. ... Pawtucket starter Chandler Shepherd (7-9) went six innings for the win, striking out six. Buffalo batters struck out nine times in all against three Pawtucket pitchers.
Noteworthy: The win pushed Pawtucket (63-68) ahead of the Bisons (61-68) and into sole possession of third place in the North Division of the International League. The teams were in a virtual tie going into Sunday’s game. Pawtucket leads the season series between the clubs, 10-9, with only tonight's game left. ... Sunday's attendance brought the Bisons’ season total to 511,674.
Next: Right-hander Murphy Smith (3-4, 3.59) will start Monday's home finale (Radio 1520, 7 p.m.)for the Bisons against right-hander William Cuevas (9-7, 4.33).