PAWTUCKET – Brett Carroll wasted no time fitting in with the Pawtucket Red Sox
Carroll blooped a two-out, two-run single to give the PawSox their third walk-off win of the week, this one a 6-5 triumph against Buffalo Friday night. Staring at a 2-2 count against Bisons reliever Dale Thayer, Carroll fisted the ball just over the head of first baseman Valentino Pascucci, who blasted a two-run home run off of Kevin Millwood in the first inning.
“It was a ball in the right spot,” said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler, his club 1 ½ games off the pace of first-place Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North. “If we hit it any place else, they get the ball.”
Che-Hsuan Lin easily scored the tying run to make it 5-5 before Tony Thomas turned on the afterburners. Serving as a pinch runner for Jed Lowrie, Thomas was off on contact, flying around the bases as several Buffalo players converged on the ball. By the time someone took control of the situation, Thomas was sliding headfirst into home plate.
“I saw Tony flying around second and then third. Then I thought, ‘We have a chance to win this,’” said Carroll, who received a shaving cream pie in the face from reliever Scott Atchison.
For Carroll, just getting back on the field is rewarding enough. He was designated for assignment by Milwaukee last Saturday, then opted to become a free agent instead of reporting to Triple-A Nashville. Carroll reported to Pawtucket Thursday before being officially placed on the active roster Friday.
“It’s a cliché that you’re playing for other teams and other opportunities,” said the 28-year-old Carroll. “Thankfully the Red Sox had some interest and here I am today.”
Millwood overcame his early-game jitters to pitch six innings of four-run ball. The veteran struck out three while walking just one. Lars Anderson blasted his 12th home run in the first while Lin, Carroll and Nava each finished with two hits. Buffalo broke a 4-4 game against Hideki Okajima in the eighth before Jason Rice retired all four batters he faced for his third win.
Playing in his third rehab game with Pawtucket, Lowrie went 1-for-4 while serving as the team's DH.
Buffalo 200 002 010 – 5-10-3
Pawtucket 211 000 002 – 6-9-0
(Two outs when winning run scored).
Miguel Batista, Gustavo Chacin (7), Mike O’Connor (7), Dale Thayer (8) and Dusty Ryan, Raul Chavez (9). Kevin Millwood, Hideki Okajima (7), Jason Rice (9) and Luis Exposito. 2B: Fernando Martinez; Che-Hsuan Lin. HR: Valentino Pascucci; Lars Anderson.
WP: Rice (3-4). LP: Thayer (3-3). Time: 3:15.