Jalen Beeks flirted with history and ended up barely leaving with a win.
Beeks spun a three-hit gem as Pawtucket hung on to beat Buffalo, 6-3, at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday.
Beeks was attempting to just the second pitcher to throw a no hitter in the Downtown Ballpark since it opened in 1988. Beeks was also making a case to be the first opponent to no hit the Herd since Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo threw a perfect game in Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium on Aug. 10, 2003.
Tim Lopes broke up the No hit bid in the sixth with a sharply hit single that Sox short stop Mike Miller couldn’t handle. Which led to three straight base hits that enabledthe Herd to put up two runs. But it wasn’t nearly enough in the eyes of skipper Bobby Meacham who said for a roster with this much talent ok play isn’t ok, which has Meacham wondering what had gone wrong as his team slips to 5-8.
“I can’t answer that,” he said. “They can. I’m not sure. All I know is I’m looking at the results a couple weeks ago were real good. A lot of good results and right now we’re kind of just doing okay. We’re not finishing things off.”
In his 5.2 innings of work, Beeks struck out 11 batters-with seven of those strikeouts coming against the first nine batters he faced.
Offensively, Jordan Betts’ bases clearing double in the sixth gave Pawtucket a 5-0 lead.
Gift Ngoepe was 2-for-3 with a walk. Lopes, Danny Espinosa and Reese McGuire all scored for the Bisons.
Bisons first baseman Rowdy Tellez missed his third straight game due to what is believed to be a case of food poisoning. Tellez has not played since April 25 in Durham. Meacham said Tellez is expected to be in the lineup Sunday.
The teams will finish the series on Sunday with a 1:05 first pitch
Bisons RHP Deck McGuire (1-1, 7:00) will face RHP William Cuevas (1-0, 3.86).