Lynx get tough with two out against PawSox
LYNX 6, RED SOX 2
• Two-out PAWTUCKET, Rhode Island situations are generally sufficient to turn most batting lineups punchless. Not so the Ottawa Lynx, at least not last night.
Gutting out one tough at-bat after another, the Lynx scored every one of their runs with two away on the way to thumping the Pawtucket Red Sox 6-2 in an International League game played before 8,873 at McCoy Stadium.
“It was just one of those things,” said Lynx catcher Jason Jaramillo, who was 2-for-5 and drove in a run. “We kept the ball rolling. Everybody was hot. And, as a team, you don’t want to be the one to make that last out.”
The Lynx (27-31) did most of their damage against Red Sox starter Jon Lester.
It was thought that Lester (1-2), who is coming back from a battle with lymphoma as well as an arm strain, would use this game as a final tuneup before returning to the rotation with the parent Boston Red Sox.
However, the Lynx may have waylaid that plan, at least for now. In the first 22⁄ innings, they scored three
3 times against against Lestor, all of them knocked in by Danny Sandoval, who finished with three of Ottawa’s 11 hits.
Ottawa got its first run in the second, after Jim Rushford cracked a two-out double. Sandoval followed and, after fouling off two pitches to keep the count full, lined a single to left to bring in Rushford.
“The key is that we put together some decent at-bats,” Lynx manager John Russell said. “We didn’t strike out a lot, but put the ball in play. Eventually, that’s going to pay off.”
The Lynx put Lester on the ropes again in the third, loading the bases on two-out singles by Gary Burnham and Dusty Wathan and a walk to Rushford. Sandoval came through again, driving a two-run single into the right-field corner and ending Lester’s outing.
For his part, Lynx starter Bubba Nelson cruised through the first five innings, allowing Pawtucket just one unearned run on two hits.
“All of his pitches were working,” Jaromillo said. “Rhythm was the big thing for him.”
Nelson found trouble in the sixth, when he allowed two singles before giving way to reliever Jason Anderson.
Anderson, who was celebrating his 28th birthday, escaped the inning without incident.
The Lynx fattened their lead to 6-1 with two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh. Pawtucket’s Jeff Bailey capped the scoring with a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth against Lynx reliever Anderson Garcia.
NOTES: Before the game, the Lynx placed reliever Joe Bisenius on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.… The teams will meet again this afternoon, with Eude Brito (1-2, 6.55 earned-run average) scheduled to start for the Lynx against the Red Sox’s Kason Gabbard (5-2, 3.32).