After a successful road series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the Worcester Red Sox were looking to carry that momentum into their match-up against the Syracuse Mets at Polar Park. Tuesday’s contest was a see-saw affair that the WooSox finally put in the win column in the bottom of the ninth when a walk-off passed ball gave them a 7-6 win.
After the Mets grabbed two runs in the second Joey Meneses’ RBI double in the third cut that lead in half. A fourth-frame Tate Matheny double and Jeremy Rivera RBI single knotted the score, and Ryan Fitzgerald followed with a two-run shot over the Worcester Wall to make it 4-2. But Syracuse came back with two in the sixth and eighth to put the WooSox down heading to the ninth. With the bases loaded Meneses ripped a two-run single to tie it, and four pitches later Delino DeShields scored on a passed ball for the winning run. It would end up being their only win on the week.
It was a 12:15 start time on Wednesday, and while the WooSox came out of the gate quickly they stumbled in the middle innings and that led to an 11-4 loss. Joey Meneses got Worcester on the board in the bottom of the first, but starter Raynel Espinal and reliever Brandon Brennan gave up three runs each to put Worcester down 6-1 after five and a half. The WooSox cut into that lead with sixth-frame solo home runs by Jack Lopez and Yairo Munoz, and an eighth-inning RBI single from Meneses made it 6-4. Any chance of a second late comeback in a row was crushed when Jose Adames gave up five runs in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach.
A late afternoon thunderstorm made the Polar Park field unplayable on Thursday, so they decided to play two on Friday. Things started off great for the WooSox in the first game, taking an eight-run lead into the fifth inning, but the unthinkable happened when Ryan Brasier imploded and the usually sure-handed Kaleb Ort had his worst inning of the season leading to a 10-8 loss. The WooSox scored four in the opening frame on a Yairo Munoz steal of home and RBI singles by Josh Ockimey, Jack Lopez, and Jhonny Pereda. They added four more in the fourth on a Joey Meneses sacrifice fly, a Johan Mieses two-run double, and another Lopez cracked an RBI single.
The second game was another one of those contests where one bad outing by a pitcher puts the team behind the 8-ball, and this time it was a poor fourth frame from Stephen Gonsalves that lead to a 5-4 loss. Down 5-0 heading to the home half of the fifth Worcester made a game of it when Ryan Fitzgerald launched a three-run shot to right. A seventh-inning Delino DeShields RBI double made it 6-5, but that was as close as they’d get.
Saturday, WooSox starter Kutter Crawford had the bad day, allowing five runs in under four innings. Down those five heading into the eighth, once again Worcester made a run at digging themselves out of the hole when they loaded the bases and Joey Meneses crushed a grand slam. But that would be it for the scoring, and another game ended up in the loss column. There was some history made though as Yairo Munoz extended his hitting streak to 35 games, passing Dom DiMaggio for the longest hitting streak in modern Red Sox organizational history.
It didn’t matter how well the Worcester pitchers were on Sunday as the batters could only manage two hits in a 6-1 loss to the Mets. The WooSox lone run came in the ninth on a Jack Lopez solo home run to left field. Their other hit was a fifth-inning single by Ryan Fitzgerald.
210Sports’ WooSox of the week
Pitcher: Durbin Feltman gets the nod this week for not allowing a baserunner in three innings over two appearances. He struck out six of the nine batters he faced.
Batter: Yairo Munoz is this week’s winner, not only for extending his hitting streak to 35 games but for going 10-20 with a double and a home run in five games during the week. He also scored five times and stole three bases.
Last week’s transactions
Tuesday, August 10: Boston signed Alex Claudio to a minor league contract and assigned him to Worcester, and placed Ryan Brasier on a rehab assignment in Worcester. Worcester added Connor Wong to the active roster.
Wednesday, August 11: Boston placed Christian Vazquez on the bereavement list and recalled Connor Wong from Worcester. Worcester activated Jack Lopez from the TIA.
Thursday, August 12: Boston recalled Tanner Houck from Worcester, optioned Phillips Valdez to Worcester, and sent Kyle Schwarber to Worcester on rehab assignment.
Friday, August 13: Boston optioned Tanner Houck to Worcester.
Saturday, August 14: Boston optioned Yacksel Rios and Connor Wong to Worcester.
Sunday, August 15: Boston recalled Connor Wong from Worcester. Worcester released Matt Hall.
This week’s schedule
vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NY Yankees)
Tuesday: doubleheader, 4:30pm
Thursday: doubleheader, 4:30pm
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