By Tiffany Williams –
On Saturday night, back at Polar Park for game five of the Worcester Red Sox against the Rochester Red Wings. The Worcester Red Sox lost game one on Monday night (6-4). Rochester beat the Worcester Red Sox 18-5 in game two. In Game three the Worcester Red Sox bounced back to beat Rochester 3-1 and in game four of this six game homestand, the Worcester Red Sox beat Rochester 12-1.
Although the Worcester Red Sox rebounded nicely after falling two games to Rochester and then winning the last two games, Saturday night was dominated by the Rochester Red Wings who scored 8 in the first, 3 in the second and 6 in the third to make it a 17-0 Rochester game. According to the Worcester Red Sox, “The 8 runs scored by Rochester in the top of the 1st inning are the most the Red Sox Triple-A franchise has allowed in an inning since the Pawtucket Red Sox gave up 8 runs in an inning to the Buffalo Bisons on April 11, 2018 at McCoy Stadium.”
The Worcester Red Sox also say that “The 3 Rochester HR in the top of the 1st inning marked the first time the Red Sox Triple-A franchise gave up 3 homers in an inning since July 5, 2011 at Rochester when the Red Wings hit 3 HR vs. the PawSox at Frontier Field”
The Worcester Red Sox finally got on the board after Yairo Munoz hit a homer on a line drive to left field in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 17-1, Rochester game. In the top of the seventh, Blake Swihart, for Rochester hit a homer to make it a 18-1 Rochester game.
The final at Polar Park was Worcester 1 and Rochester 18.
Members of the Worcester Police Department, on Saturday threw out the first pitch at Polar Park, in a tribute to officer Emmanuel “Manny” Familia who died in the line of duty on Friday while attempting to locate and rescue a teenager at the Green Hill Park pond.
Also during Saturday night’s game, the Worcester Red Sox honored 92-year-old, United States Air Force Master Sergeant, Richard Studley who served for 21 years in the Berlin Airlift in the aftermath of World War 2. Master Sergeant Richard Studley also served in the Korean War, Cold War and the Vietnam War. With Master Sergeant Richard Studley was his two sons, James Studley who served five years in the United States Coast Guard and Scott Studley who served ten years in the United States Coast Guard and fourteen years in the Air National Guard.
The Worcester Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings will meet again at Polar Park, on Sunday afternoon for game six of this six game homestand.