Like earlier in the season, the road treats the Worcester Red Sox well in the last days of August.
After Saturday night’s 7-6 win over the Buffalo Bisons, the WooSox have a chance to sweep that six-game streak Sunday afternoon at Sahlen Field in downtown Buffalo.
Jack Lopez’s right-field triple in the eighth inning broke a 6-6 tie, scoring Delino DeShields, who had reached base for the fifth time on the night while going 2 for 3.
In their 100th game, Worcester (54-46) extended their winning streak to six, with an opportunity to tie their longest winning streak of the season on Sunday. WooSox right-hander Raynel Espinal (9-4, 3.74 ERA) is expected to start, while southpaw Nick Allgeyer (4-4, 4.73) is expected to throw for Buffalo (56-41), with playing time at 1:05 p.m.
The WooSox also increased their season record to 15-8 against Buffalo.
After Monday’s rest day, Worcester continues their 12-game road trip with six in Rochester, starting Tuesday night.
The WooSox have led the opposition, 32-18, in that six-game winning streak.
They got off to a quick start on Saturday night. Four of WooSox’s top five hitters hit singles, including hits from Joey Meneses and Josh Ockimey, with Jeter Downs hitting a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead after an inning.
Chris Herrmann added a point ahead with his seventh homer of the season, over the wall in center-right field.
But Buffalo picked up all those points in the fifth inning, on Tyler White’s RBI double and Danny Jansen’s three-run homer, his first round-trip of the season, all against Connor Seabold, who had allowed just two. hits in the first four innings. .
Stephen Gonsalves relieved with a takedown and hit Nash Knight with a throw to charge the bases, but hit Logan Warmoth to escape further damage.
The WooSox regained the lead early in the sixth as Buffalo right-hander Kyle Johnston hit Lopez with a pitch, bases loaded, scoring Jeter Downs, who picked and stole second. Hermann made a single and Chad De La Guerra walked over to charge the goals.
Downs’ second sack in the seventh took Worcester’s lead to 6-4, delivering Joey Meneses (2 for 3, 2 points). Meneses now has four consecutive games with several successes.
The Bisons tied in their seventh, highlighted by a brace from Cullen Large against Zack Kelly (1-0). Knight’s Groundout marked Christian Colon, who had walked, and Large entered Warmoth’s sacrifice volley.
In the eighth, DeShields walked with an out and rushed to third when he was the victim of a stray choice pitch in the first by Rafael Dolis (0-1). Lopez then hit DeShields with his triple on a 1-0 pitch.
Brendan Brennan pitched a clean eighth inning for Worcester, and Kaleb Ort threw a ninth 1-2-3 for his 15th save.