PawSox go 29 innings in two games


The Red Sox and Yankees went a dramatic 19 innings Friday night, but the Pawtucket Red Sox, or PawSox, managed to top that with 29 innings in two games.

While the Red Sox was taking two games from the Phillies their counterpart in Triple-A, the PawSox, were facing off against the Phillies 3A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Both teams went into some bonus rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the Red Sox got an excellent performance from Henry Owens, who allowed a lone run on one hit in his 6.1 innings. Owens, prone to control issues, handed out four walks that were balanced out with four strikeouts.

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The game eventually went into extra innings with Blake Swihart getting a single in the 13th inning to give the PawSox a lead, which Zeke Spruill held for the 5-4 win.

On Sunday both teams decided to put on a contest that eventually went 16 innings.

Eduardo Rodriguez went an impressive 5.1 innings, allowing a run on five hits while fanning four. Then, came the fun. Both teams traded runs until the late innings and for the PawSox the bullpen resorted to infielder Jeff Bianchi.

Bianchi managed to toss three innings of respectable baseball allowing a run that tied up the game in the 13th, but shutting the door. The PawSox decided that is was time to wheel out speedster Quintin Berry to save the game after the PawSox had managed a run in the top of the 16th.

Berry managed a quick bout of Steve Blass disease and the plate became postage stamp size. Berry walked five and that led to two runs, including walking in the winning run in a 7-6 loss. The PawSox did take three out of four from the Pigs.

Brandon Workman is now on the DL for the PawSox. Berry is hitting .333, but has an ERA of 27.00. Bianchi has a 3.00 ERA in case any MLB team is searching for bullpen help. Jackie Bradley is hitting .360 and Rusney Castillo is at .417. Castillo is also recovering from an outfield spill during the Saturday game and will be checked out in Boston.

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