By Stephen Ur
The Worcester Red Sox hosted the Columbus Clippers, the triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians, at Polar Park in Worcester, MA on Thursday night. The Clippers took the first two games of the series, scoring 10 runs in each of the first two games.
Chris Murphy took the mound for Worcester while Columbus gave Tanner Bibee the starting nod.
Richie Palacois scored from second after Tyler Freeman recorded the second hit of the top half of the first, making it 1-0 Columbus early. Freeman would score later in the inning as Bryan Rocchio singled to right field, making it a 2-0 game.
The third run came as Rocchio scored from second on a liner to center field from Jhokensy Noel. The Clippers would add one more before Murphy struck out Roman Quinn to end the inning.
Murphy was pulled after one inning pitched, allowing eight runs on seven hits, and Norwith Gudiño took over on the mound. Columbus continued their reign in the second, scoring another five runs to make it a 9-0 game after two innings.
After an infield error by third baseman Nick Sogard, Rocchio hit a two-run double into center field, making it 11-0.
Gudiño was pulled after giving up four runs on five hits in 1.3 IP. The third pitcher of the game for the Red Sox, Jake Thompson, allowed the 12th run of the game on his third pitch. Columbus added three more in the inning, making the score 15-0 after four.
Thompson was the third pitcher pulled after giving up four hits and three runs in two innings pitched. Oddanier Mosqueda took the mound for Worcester, retiring the side in the fifth inning.
Worcester’s first run came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Narciso Cook grounded out to first, allowing David Palka, who had just hit a triple, to score. The comeback was short-lived, however, as Tyler Freeman hit the game’s first home run in the top of the eighth to make the score 16-1.
The WooSox would not complete the comeback and dropped their fifth consecutive game since their 5-1 start. These two teams will go head-to-head again tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. ET.