By Tiffany Williams –
After a Roberto Ramos walk-off win Thursday night, the Worcester Red Sox were back at Polar Park on Friday night for game four of their six-game homestand against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA-Yankees). The last time Worcester had a walk-off win was Jeremy Rivera on September 11, 2021.
Until Tuesday night Worcester hadn’t won a contest since May 5, now they’ve won three straight and were set on getting their fourth straight win Friday night which they did, beating the Railriders 6-2.
In the bottom of the first Ryan Fitzgerald opened this game up for Worcester, hitting his fourth triple of the season to drive in Jarren Duran and then Rob Refsnyder hit his ninth double of the season to drive in Ryan Fitzgerald. Worcester took an early 0-2 lead in this contest, but went for the lucky four to start the game when in the bottom of the second they had two runs with Roberto Ramos and Yolmer Sanchez. At the top of the third RailRiders had one run with Estevan Florial. In the bottom of the 8th Yolmer Sanchez hit a single to drive in Jaylin Davis and Connor Wong to get their 6-2 win.
Patrick Pass, Director of Football Personnel Development for the Massachusetts Pirates, Rob Orel the linebackers coach for the Mass Pirates and Thomas Owens (WR) with the Mass Pirates were at Friday night’s game with Pass throwing out the first pitch of the game. Pass helped lead the New England Patriots to three (2002, 2004 and 2005) Super Bowl wins and then as an arena football head coach, Pass led the Mass Pirates to an IFL United Bowl win. In 1996, at 18 years-old, Pass was drafted by the Miami Marlins and played three seasons with the GCL Marlins and then two seasons with the Utica Blue Sox. I caught up with Patrick Pass during the game as him and some Mass Pirates players were soaking in their first WooSox game at Polar Park.
WooSox Hitting Coach and Worcester native Rich Gedman, who spent eleven of his thirteen years in the Major Leagues playing with the Boston Red Sox, will next Thursday join David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez for the Red Sox Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Fenway Park. After Friday nights win I caught up with Gedman in the Clubhouse to talk about the WooSox turnaround and next Thursday.
The Worcester Red Sox will be back in action on Saturday with first pitch at 4:05 PM. The WooSox continue their “Town Takeover” with Saturday night being “Millbury Night.” Tickets purchased for each “Town Takeover” night will benefit a non-profit from that town. At the end of the season, the town with the largest turnout will be rewarded with a trophy and special recognition! Saturday night, like every Saturday night after the game, is “Sunset Catch on the Field.” WooSox say that “Fans of all ages can bring their gloves and enjoy a post-game catch on the outfield grass at Polar Park! Presented By Dunkin.”