By DJ Harding –
The Worcester Red Sox would face the Lehigh Valley IronPigs for game 3 of their six game series.
The two clubs split the first two games of the series. The WooSox would win the series opener 9-4, but lose in 10 innings yesterday 10-3.
Worcester is 3-6 in their last 9 games after winning 9 of 10 games between April 27 and May 6.
Shane Drohan would get the start for Worcester in his Triple A Debut. Dothan has been outstanding for Double A Portland this season going 5-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 6 starts.
Drohan would pitch five innings allowing four hits and five runs. Drohan would also have six strikeouts in his Triple A Debut.
Manager Chad Tracy said after the game “Drohan had some good and definitely managed the nerves if any and had a great start for a debut.”
Drohan himself said “there weren’t too many nerves out there and I definitely need to work on my mix and change-up.”
Drohan also spoke on the change in batters with Triple A having better batters then Double A which he said “yes I noticed it”
This was Worcester’s fourth throwback night of the season with special guest Tom Gordon. Nicknamed “Flash” Gordon played in Boston from 1996-1998 he retired in 2010 as the only pitcher to have 100 wins, over 100 saves, and 100 holds.
Gordon has two sons who played in the majors Dee-Strange Gordon and Nick Gordon.
Lehigh Valley comes in with a record of 20-20 while the WooSox are 20-21.
The Worcester Red Soxs would open up the game with five runs in the first inning.
Through a series of hits and walks they would take a 5-0 lead. Daniel Palka in his first at bat of the game would single in two runners Ryan Fitzgerald and Greg Allen.
The WooSox would add two more runs in the bottom of the second with Jorge Alfaro batting in Wilyer Abreu and then would score off a Bobby Dalbec single.
Jorge Alfaro would later hit a homerun in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the WooSox eight runs in five innings.
The IronPigs would score five runs in two innings with two two run home runs and a solo home run from Weston Wilson.
Lehigh Valley would eventually tie the game up in the top of the seventh inning and then take the lead in the top of the eighth from a Jake Cave double.
The WooSox down 9-8 in the bottom of the eighth would score two runs.
David Hamilton would hit a homerun which was his ninth of the season and Bobby Dalbec hit a double which scored Marcus Wilson.
The WooSox would go on to win 10-9 and improve to 21-21 while the IronPigs fell to 20-21.
The WooSox now lead the series 2-1 with game four tomorrow.