By Tiffany Williams –
After winning their third consecutive season opener 11-2, in their first of three meetings this weekend on Friday night against the Syracuse Mets, the Worcester Red Sox were looking to for a second win against Syracuse Saturday night but instead Worcester fell to Syracuse in a 16-6 loss.
Brett Baty opened this game up for the Syracuse mets with a homer to put the Mets on top 1-0 early. But Caleb Hamilton answered back in the bottom of the second with a homer and got Niko Goodrum over the plate for the WooSox to grab their first second runs of the game, putting Worcester on top 1-2.
Top of the third Jonathan Arauz hit a single to help get Syracuse their second and third runs of the game with Danny Mendick and Brett Baty both scoring to put Syracuse back on top with a 3-2 lead.
Syracuse got their fourth run of the game with Danny Mendick at the top of the fourth. Also, at the top of the fourth Jonathan Arauz hit his second single RBI with both Brett Baty and Francisco Alvarez scoring to make it a 6-2 game for Syracuse. In the bottom of the fourth, Marcus Wilson hit a single RBI, getting Niko Goodrum over the plate to make this a 6-3 game, Syracuse lead.
Top of the fifth Syracuse grabbed their seventh run of the game to make it 7-3, with Jose Peraza hitting a single to drive in Khalil Lee.
At the top of the sixth, Ronny Mauricio hit his first double of the season on a line drive to left fielder Marcus Wilson to help Syracuse get their eighth and ninth runs of the game with Mark Vientos and Jonathan Arauz, to make it a 9-3 game. Then adding insult to injury, Brett Baty hit a grand slam, driving in Ronny Mauricio, Lorenzo Cedrola and Danny Mendick. Syracuse was leading by ten going into the bottom of the seventh but Greg Allen hit a single to help get Nick Sogard over the plate and make it a 13-4 game. Worcester then got their fifth and sixth runs with Greg Allen and Enmanuel Valdez scoring after Jorge Alfaro hit his first double of the season, making it a 13-6 game, Syracuse lead.
Between the top of the eighth and the top of the ninth, Worcester added no additional points to the game while Syracuse had a homer at the top of the eighth with Khalil Lee and then two more homers at the top of the ninth with Francisco Alvarez and Mark Ventos.
The Worcester Red Sox and Syracuse Mets will meet again Sunday afternoon for game three of this weekend home opener series. The WooSox will become Los Wepas, recognizing people of the Dominican Republic as they seek to wrap this series up 2-1.