Worcester - After losing their last two games, Worcester was able to come away with a 6-3 win over the Bristol Blues, on Bark in the Park Night at Hanover Insurance Park.
Bristol jumped on Worcester starting pitcher Shawn Babineau early in the second inning. Back-to-back singles by Dylan Reynolds and Kyle Maves started the inning. Jordan Laske then doubled both runners home to make it 2-0.
Although Babineau struggled in the second, he held the Blues scoreless the rest of the way. Although allowing nine hits with a walk, Baineau went six innings striking out seven batters and getting the win to improve to 3-0 in three starts.
Worcester answered in the fourth inning. After scoring only two runs in their last 22 innings, the Bravehearts struck in a big way in the fourth. Starting pitcher for the Blues Arjun Thakar walked the first four batters he saw in the inning. Ben McNeil, Jakob Sessa, Mack Cheli and Tyler Becker all walked to score the first run of the game for Worcester. Jack Gardner then grounded into a double play, but another run was able to cross the plate as Sessa scored to tie the game. With Cheli on third, Thakar balked bringing him in for the lead. PJ Barry continued to rally with a solo home run to left to make the score 4-2.
Nick Martin added a solo home run in the fifth to extend the Bravehearts lead to 5-2.
In the sixth inning Bristol was able to add another run. Brandon Miller walked with one out and then proceeded to steal second and third. Kyle Maves then singled him home to bring Bristol’s deficit to two.
The Bravehearts added some insurance in the bottom of the seventh. After Riley Livingston was hit by a pitch and Mariano Ricciardi walked, Jakob Sessa added an RBI single to score Livingston to bring across Worcester’s sixth run of the night.
Bryce Hellgeth came in for the ninth and recorded the save while striking out two batters.
The Bravehearts will start a six game road trip tomorrow in Pittsfield. They will play six games in five days as they have a double header Friday in North Shore. Worcester will return home on Sunday to take on the North Shore Navigators.