Lehigh Valley came into this opening series looking to continue their success from last season against the Paw Sox this season. After the Paw Sox jumped out to an early lead, scoring three in the second inning, Lehigh Valley scored the next five runs to lead it in the 6th inning by a score of 5-3.
Garin Cecchini once again showed his ability to get on base early in this one as his first two at-bats resulted in an RBI single and a walk. Other notable plate performances include Brandon Snyder, who hit a double and walked in his first and fourth at-bat.
The Pawtucket Red Sox scored a run in the eighth to bring it to a 5-4 game as Bryce Brentz, the Paw Sox right fielder, grounded out to first, but got an RBI in the process. He scored Alex Hassan, who earlier in the inning go a double. Left fielder Brandon Snyder then walked and was pinch-run for before Garin Cecchini grounded into a force out at second.
It was a 1-2-3 ninth inning by Paw Sox closer Dalier Hinojosa, in which he struck out two batters and had another fly out to the infield. After two consecutive outs in the ninth, Heiker Meneses gave the Paw Sox hope as he made it to base on a walk. The hope was short lived however as Lehigh’s closer Luis Garcia ended the game on a strike out of Mike McCoy.
27-year old Paw Sox pitcher Jeremy Kehrt threw 91 pitches, 53 for strikes as he struck out four and allowed two runs in the third inning.Tommy Layne came in for relief for the Paw Sox as he pitched two innings. Layne had 30 pitches, 21 for strikes. Layne retired three batters, while allowing three hits and two runs.
Jonathan Pettibone of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, threw 86 pitches, 54 for strikes. He, like Kehrt went five innings and allowed four hits while striking out two batters. Luis Garcia came in to close the game for Lehigh and got his first batter (Christian Vazquez) to ground out. He then struck out the Paw Sox center fielder Corey Brown. He walked a batter, but then recorded the win after striking out the final batter