PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Chandler Shepherd was too tough for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to crack as the Pawtucket Red Sox right-hander scattered four hits over seven innings to sink the International League North Division rivals, 2-0, Saturday.
Shepherd (1-2) struck out five to get the win.
RailRiders southpaw Josh Rogers struggled with command as he took the loss. The 23-year-old walked five batters and allowed five hits as he pitched 4.1 innings of two-run baseball.
Mike Olt gave Pawtucket a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with a solo home run off Rogers (2-3). The blast sailed into the bullpen and was his fourth this season and the fifth by a PawSox player in the first three games of this series.
Pawtucket added another run against Rogers in the fifth inning to double the lead. The southpaw walked Mike Ohlman before being lifted for reliever Anyelo Gomez, who threw two pitches before leaving with an injury. Jordan Betts singled off Cody Carroll to drive in Ohlman for a 2-0 advantage.
The offense scattered five hits off Pawtucket pitching, getting a two-hit effort from Clint Frazier atop the lineup. Adam Lind had his first double with the RailRiders while Thairo Estrada and Mike Ford each singled.
The RailRiders were held scoreless for the fifth time this season, while the Red Sox’s staff recorded their second shutout of the year.
Red Wings 8, IronPigs 0
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Taylor Featherston homered and had two hits, and Zack Littell allowed just two hits over six innings as the Rochester Red Wings snapped a three-game losing streak and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs fell for the first time in four games.
Littell (1-0) struck out six and walked four to get the win.
In the bottom of the second, Rochester scored on a single by Sean Miller that brought home Featherston. In the following at-bat, Jermaine Curtis hit an RBI single, bringing home James Ramsey to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead. The Red Wings then added five runs in the fourth and a run in the seventh. In the fourth, Leonardo Reginatto hit a two-run single and then scored on a two-run double by former RailRiders outfielder Jake Cave, while Featherston hit a solo home run in the seventh.
Tom Eshelman (1-3) went 6.1 innings, allowing eight runs and 12 hits in the International League game. He also struck out two and walked four.
Bisons 7, Chiefs 6
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dwight Smith was a home run short of the cycle, and Chris Rowley allowed just one run over seven innings as the Buffalo Bisons beat the Syracuse Chiefs.
Murphy Smith got Tuffy Gosewisch to ground out with runners on first and second to end the game for his first save of the season. Rowley (3-1) picked up the win after he struck out four and walked one while allowing seven hits.
Trailing 7-1, the Chiefs cut into the deficit with five runs in the ninth inning, including a two-run single by Mark Reynolds.
Bulls 6, Mud Hens 2
DURHAM, N.C. — Kean Wong homered and had two hits, driving in two as the Durham Bulls defeated the Toledo Mud Hens.
Toledo grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second after Kade Scivicque hit a two-run home run.
Durham answered in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs to take the lead for good. Micah Johnson hit a two-run double and Curt Casali hit an RBI single en route to the two-run lead. The Bulls later tacked on a run in both the fourth and eighth innings. In the fourth, Wong hit a solo home run before he singled to score Jeremy Hazelbaker in the eighth.
Knights 1, Clippers 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Eddy Alvarez doubled and singled twice, and TJ House allowed just one hit over seven innings as the Charlotte Knights topped the Columbus Clippers.
After leading off the inning with a double, Alvarez advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on a single by Charlie Tilson.
Jordan Milbrath (1-1) went 1.2 innings, allowing one run and three hits in the International League game. He also struck out two and walked two.