WooSox Rewind: Worcester limps home after series loss to Lehigh Valley

Last week the Worcester Red Sox were off to Lehigh Valley for another week-long series against the IronPigs, and on Tuesday they used a couple of crooked number innings against the Philadelphia Phillies AAA squad to defeat the IronPigs 7-2.

The WooSox got on the board first with three runs in the top of the second, the first two coming on a single from Chad De La Guerra and the third on a throwing error by Lehigh Valley catcher Rafael Marchan. Back-to-back third inning doubles by Franchy Cordero and Johan Mieses made it a 4-0 lead. The IronPigs grabbed two runs in the bottom of the frame, sandwiched around a 77-minute rain delay, but that would be all the scoring they’d get.

A Jack Lopez sacrifice fly began a three-run sixth frame for Worcester. De La Guerra then followed with a double, setting up a second and third situation with Chris Herrmann 90-feet away from another run. Jarren Duran and Yairo Munoz each followed with an RBI single for the 7-2 final. Marcus Walden improved his record to 3-3 with the relief win coming out of the long rain delay. Caleb Simpson followed with two scoreless innings, and Zac Grotz and Matt Hall added one each.

Wednesday’s game two of the series didn’t go exactly as planned, with the WooSox having a couple of mental breakdowns and Marcus Wilson being ejected in the second inning arguing ball and strikes. It all led to a 5-2 loss for Worcester. The WooSox were down 5-0 after five innings, and a Tate Matheny sixth frame RBI single and a ninth-inning solo home run by Yairo Munoz were far from enough to make up the deficit.

Raynel Espinal took the loss, allowing six hits and five runs in 4.1 innings. Jose Adames made his AAA debut in the seventh inning, retiring three of the four batters he faced.

Thursday night’s game was postponed due to rain and will be rescheduled. In Friday’s contest, Worcester had to wait out a few minutes of rain for the game to begin, and then started off hot and never looked back, handing the IronPigs a 10-3 defeat. After three batters the WooSox were already up 2-0 on a Franchy Cordero two-RBI single. Four batters later a Jack Lopez single scored two more.

Lehigh Valley got one back in the bottom of the frame, and in the fourth Marcus Wilson doubled in a run to make it 5-1. In the seventh Wilson singled and scored on Chris Herrmann’s double. Johan Mieses followed with a homer to left-center to make it 8-1. The IronPigs plated another run in the home half, but in the eighth home runs by Josh Ockimey and Wilson put the game out of reach. Daniel Gossett upped his record to 6-3 with the win, striking out five and allowing just one run and one hit in five innings.

There is no word to describe Saturday’s game other than “ugly” as the WooSox crashed and burned in a 9-1 loss to the IronPigs. Worcester got on the board first in the top of the third on a Johan Mieses RBI single, but that half inning contained three of the five hits the WooSox had on the afternoon and that’s not a good way to win baseball games. Tanner Houck got the start, allowing five runs in 3.1 innings. Relievers Kevin McCarthy and Matt Hall didn’t fare much better, allowing a combined seven hits and four runs in 2.2 frames.

Zac Grotz pitched the final two innings, allowing just a single baserunner on a hit by pitch, who would be eventually erased on a double-play ball.

Sunday was getaway day, and the WooSox bats looked like they’d already left as they could muster just three hits in a 5-1 loss to Lehigh Valley. Worcester’s only run came in the top of the fourth when Jarren Duran walked and then Franchy Cordero doubled. Stephen Gonsalves took the loss, allowing four runs in 3.1 innings of work. Jose Adames looked good in his second AAA outing, striking out two of the five batters he faced.

210Sports’ WooSox of the week
Pitcher: Daniel Gossett is this week’s winner, earning a win in a five-inning start, striking out five, and allowing just a single run.
Batter: Marcus Wilson gets the nod this week, going 5-12 with six walks in five games. He added two doubles, a home run, and scored four runs.

Last week’s transactions
Monday, July 5th: Boston optioned Michael Chavis to Worcester. Boston activated Eduard Bazardo from Worcester’s IL, recalled him, and placed him on the 60-day IL.
Tuesday, July 6th: Boston promoted Jose Adames from Portland to Worcester, and released Bobby Poyner.
Thursday, July 8th: Boston optioned Connor Wong to Worcester. Worcester placed Caleb Simpson (right flexor strain) on the IL, and activated Michael Chavis.
Friday, July 9th: Boston recalled Michael Chavis from Worcester.
Saturday, July 10: Boston selected Austin Brice from Worcester.

This week’s schedule
vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NY Yankees)
Monday: off
Tuesday: 6:30pm
Wednesday: 4:30 (DH)
Thursday: 6:30pm
Friday: 6:30pm
Saturday: 4pm
Sunday: 1pm

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