Valdez completes single Shy of Cycle as WooSox Series Clinch wins

September 4, 2022 – International League (IL) – Worcester Red Sox Press Release

WORCESTER, MA — Enmanuel Valdez finished a shy single of the cycle, and Bryan Mata pitched six sterling innings as the Worcester Red Sox (67-62) beat the Buffalo Bisons (66-62) by a 5- 2 Sunday afternoon at Polar Park to secure their second straight series victory.

Valdez has raced in four of Worcester’s five races. Over his last seven games, Valdez is 12-for-29 with 8 extra hits and 11 RBIs.

In his second Triple-A start, Mata picked up his first Triple-A victory. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits, walked three and struck out five. Mata threw a season-high 100 pitches, the third time this season a WooSox pitcher has thrown at least 100 pitches.

The two runs allowed by Mata came in the first inning. Rafael Lantigua doubled in a run and LJ Talley drove in a run on a fielder’s pick.

The game remained 2-0 until Abraham Almonte started the fourth inning with a walk. A batter later, Valdez led Almonte with a wide wide double to left center field. After stealing third base, Valdez scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Fitzgerald to tie the game.

The WooSox took the lead in the sixth inning. Almonte walked another and Valdez hat-tricked it to put Worcester ahead 3-2.

After another march to Almonte in the eighth, Valdez lined up a 401-foot homer on the Worcester wall to make it a 5-2 game.

Almonte extended his on-base streak to 19 games. He reached safely in his four plate appearances, going 1 for 1 with a single and three walks. It was the second game in a row where he walked three times.

The WooSox begin a two-week road trip tomorrow when they open a six-game series with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Park. Connor Seabold is the scheduled starter for Worcester. Radio coverage begins at 4:45 p.m. on 98.9 Nash Icon and the rest of the WooSox radio network.

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