By Tiffany Williams –
Worcester Red Sox were back at Polar Park Sunday afternoon to wrap up their six-game series with the Buffalo Bisons. Rafael Lantigua opened up this game with his fifth double of the season for Buffalo to help drive in Spencer Horwitz to make it a 1-0 ballgame. Zack Collins made it over the plate to make it a 2-0 Buffalo ballgame.
After three scoreless innings, the bottom of the fourth Worcester got two runs in. Enmanuel Valdez hit a double to drive in Abraham Almonte and make it a 2-1 ballgame, and 101 RBI for Valdez who stole third. Ryan Fitzgearald hit a sac fly and was called out but helped to drive in Valdez and make this a 2-2 ballgame.
Enmanuel Valvez, in the bottom of the sixth, hit his first triple of the season to help drive in Abraham Almonte to get his 102nd RBI of the season, and make it a 2-3 Worcester ballgame.
To end this game and to take this series, Enmanuel Valdez hit his seventh homer of the season at the bottom of the eighth to drive in Abraham Almonte and win this game 2-5. After the game Worcester Red Sox Manager Chad Tracy said after the game “I was elated when he hit the home run.”
Bryan Mata, who was promoted from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Worcester on Monday and made his Triple-A debut on Tuesday, started for Worcester on Saturday and threw 100 pitches in six innings, 58 were strikes, struck out 5 and walked 3.