WORCESTRER - The Worcester Red Sox fell to 0-3 on Thursday night producing just four hits for the second straight game and giving up 10 runs against the Buffalo Bisons in Trenton.
Worcester got a baserunner in the first inning when Buffalo starting pitcher Alex Manoah hit Jeter Downs with a pitch. Downs was then picked off at first base.
Worcester starting pitcher Daniel Gossett kept Buffalo off the board in the first inning with two strikeouts and a inducing a double play. That’s the first scoreless first inning by Worcester pitching of the season.
The second Gossett started the inning with a walk to Buffalo shortstop Kevin Smith. Back to back singles loaded the bases for a sacrifice fly from second baseman Christian Colon to put Buffalo ahead 1-0.
Gossett struck out the next two to keep Worcester within one.
To start the third inning, Gossett allowed a double to left fielder Forrest Wall and a single to DH Breyvic Valera to put Buffalo up 2-0.
The next Buffalo batter, first baseman Rowdy Tellez, hit a homerun to center field to put Buffalo ahead 4-0.
Gossett got a groundout for the first out of the third before walking a batter and allowing a single. Worcester catcher Connor Wong threw out his second baserunner in as many games on a double steal attempt, and Gossett struck out second baseman Christian Colon to end the inning.
Gossett left the game after the third inning allowing 8 hits, 4 earned runs, allowed a homerun with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
Worcester has allowed three or more runs in the first three innings of all three of its games this season.
Buffalo starting pitcher Alek Manoah, a 2019 first round draft choice, struck out 12 in six scoreless innings.
Worcester scored its only run in the seventh when shortstop Jonathan Arauz singled and reached second on an error. DH Marcus Wilson single advanced Arauz to third. Left fielder Cesar Puello’s sacrifice fly scored Arauz.
Worcester committed three errors in the game: One on a Gossett pickoff attempt and two by second baseman Jeter Downs.
Arauz had two of Worcester’s four hits on the night while Buffalo’s pitchers struck out 18.
Worcester’s 10-1 loss moves the team to an 0-3 record to start the season. Over those three games the team has been outscored 21-4 and with just 14 total hits currently have a team batting average of .152.