Pawtucket, R.I. – Five Syracuse Chiefs hurlers combined on a six-hit shutout, blanking the Pawtucket Red Sox, 9-0, on Tuesday night to earn a split of the two-game series at McCoy Stadium.
The PawSox (67-62) suffered both their second shutout in three games and their largest margin of defeat (nine runs) of the season.
Syracuse starter Lucas Giolito only tossed one inning, reportedly to remain available for a potential start with the Washington Nationals this weekend. Giolito struck out two of the three batters he faced in a 13-pitch perfect frame.
Aaron Laffey (6-6) surrendered only three hits in five innings of long relief, while Sean Burnett, Trevor Gott and Rafael Martin finished off the final three frames for the Chiefs (58-72).
Bryce Brentz and Jose Vinico each went 2-for-3, accounting for four of Pawtucket’s six hits.
Meanwhile, the two through six hitters in the Syracuse lineup all collected two hits.
PawSox starter Roenis Elias (9-5) surrendered a Triple-A-high seven runs, all earned, on nine hits in six innings of work. The lefthander had surrendered four total runs over his previous four starts, while he had only suffered one loss over his prior 13 outings.
The Chiefs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
With two on and one out, Matt Skole lifted a ball that landed on the chalk along the left field line just out of Bryce Brentz’s reach. The ball rolled behind Brentz and Skole ended up on third base with a two-run triple.
Skole scored the third run of the frame on Pedro Severino’s sacrifice fly to center field.
Pawtucket loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning, but Laffey used a shallow fly ball and a double-play grounder to pitch out of trouble. He allowed only one more baserunner over his final four innings of work.
After Elias hit a batter with one out in the third inning, the next batter, Skole, delivered a double to put two runners in scoring position. Severino followed with a two-run single that put Syracuse ahead, 5-0.
Two more runs scored against Elias in the sixth inning. Caleb Ramsey posted an RBI single and Chris Bostick sent an RBI double into left field.
Brian Goodwin’s two-run, ninth-inning home run (12) off of Roman Mendez made the score 9-0.
Robby Scott and Noe Ramirez each pitched in with one frame of scoreless relief for the PawSox.
Despite the loss, Pawtucket is 5-0-1 in its home series since the All-Star Break and the club has won 15 of its last 18 home games.
The PawSox open a two-game series with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. Pawtucket righthander Justin Haley (7-4, 3.92) is scheduled to make the start against Syracuse righty Nick Pivetta (0-0, 1.64). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox radio network begins at 6:35 p.m.
Good seats for all seven remaining home games this season are still available at the McCoy Stadium box office; call (401) 724-7300 or visit pawsox.com to get your tickets today.
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