07/20/2013 8:44 AM
Baker helps put Red Sox back above .500
Rain poured down on Regina, Saskatchewan all day Friday, but that didn’t stop the Regina Red Sox and the Weyburn Beavers from playing some baseball.
Red Sox starting pitcher Cory Carter threw four pitches before he left the game in the top of the first with an apparent pulled muscle. Regina-born Jarret Duchscher filled his void on the mound.
The Beavers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first frame, but the Red Sox responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Red Sox runs were scored by Chase Benfield, Hector Rivera, Eric Baker, and Bronson Gillam. Both teams traded off a pair of runs in the second, and the Red Sox added one in the bottom of the third to lead the ball game, 7-4 after three complete.
Gillam and Baker crossed home plate in the bottom of the sixth to add insurance to the Red Sox lead, and fortunately they did. The Beavers clawed at the Red Sox lead from there. Beavers’ first baseman Ryan Bourcier scored in the seventh, and Chris Manning blasted a shot over the left field wall, which also scored Spencer Mallonee. The Red Sox led 9-7 heading into the ninth inning.
Red Sox relief pitcher Andre Del Bosque took the mound in the final frame. He struck out two and forced Beavers Dusty Kerns to ground out, which sealed the 9-7 victory for the Red and White.
Duchscher was credited with the win, and Beavers’ pitcher Darren Iseri picked up the loss.
Baker, who’s normally known for his highlight reel plays in center field, scored three runs in addition to an RBI in the bottom of the second.
The Red Sox are back at Currie Field Saturday, July 20, 2013, to welcome the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets. Game start at 7:05 p.m