By Stephen Ur –
In downtown Worcester Sunday afternoon, the Worcester Red Sox hosted the Syracuse Mets for their three-game weekend series. Worcester, looking to avoid the weekend sweep, were hoping to salvage the finale.
First pitch here at Polar was at 1:06 p.m. ET and in the top frame of the first Syracuse scored the game’s first two runs with Nick Plummer hitting a single, allowing in Kramer Robertson and Nic Gaddis to give Syracuse an early 2-0 lead right out the gate. Syracuse extended their lead to 4-0 with Deven Marrero hitting a single to drive in Nick Plummer and Khalil Lee.
Geoff Hartlieb was taken out after giving up four runs on four hits in just two-thirds innings pitched. The WooSox would get out of a bases-loaded jam, but still trailed 4-0 after the first half of the first inning.
Syracuse extended their lead to 6-0 in the second after Nic Gaddis scored for the second time of the game on an RBI groundout from Nick Plummer and Mark Vietnos hit his 17th home run of the season. Worcester would get one back in the bottom half of the inning when Christin Stewart scored on an RBI single from third baseman Cam Cannon.
Johan Mieses scored on a sacrifice fly from Grant Williams, making the score 6-2 in favor of Syracuse with two outs in the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Ronaldo Hernandez doubled, allowing Connor Wong and Triston Casas to score. The WooSox were now down just two as the score now read 6-4. They would add another run, making it a 6-5 game at the end of the fifth inning.
Syracuse added two more in the top of the sixth as a Kramer Robertson single allowed Deven Marrero and Jose Colina to score, making it an 8-5 game.
Worcester would once again make it a two-run game in the bottom of the seventh as Mieses singled, allowing Hernandez to score to make it an 8-6 Syracuse lead. After Grant Williams hit a single to allow Meises to score, the WooSox trailed 8-7 after seven innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Wong to score, tying the game at eight.
They would take their first lead of the game when Casas scored on a Mieses single in the bottom of the eighth. They added their tenth run in the game in the same inning when Christin Stewart scored on a sac fly from Nick Sogurd.
The Woosox bullpen would keep the Mets at bay and finish with the 10-8 victory.
“That game could’ve gotten away from us in the first inning,” manager Chad Tracy said postgame. “That double play to be honest with you was a turning point in the game.”
Worcester will be off Monday before beginning a six-game series in Buffalo on Tuesday night.
NewsTalk Director for NewsTalk New England Tiffany Williams contributed to this article.