Alex Hassan finally made it back to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday night against the Buffalo Bisons and he certainly didn’t disappoint.
One of the top prospects in the Red Sox’s farm system, Hassan went 2 for 3, including the winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning that handed the visiting Bisons a 1-0 loss in the first game of a doubleheader.
The PawSox secured the sweep with a walk off single in the ninth inning by Jeremy Hazelbaker, giving Pawtucket an 8-7 victory. The Herd scored seven runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-2 lead, but the PawSox tied the game at 7 by scoring five runs in the seventh keyed by Hazelbaker’s two-run double.
In Game One, Pawtucket starter Allen Webster was nearly flawless in six innings of work in which he allowed just one hit and struck out six. Mike McCoy got the lone Bisons hit in the sixth inning. Herd starter Ricky Romero was also strong while allowing just two hits with two strikeouts and a pair of walks in six innings before giving way to reliever Brad Lincoln in the seventh.
The PawSox’s Xander Bogaerts singled off Lincoln with two outs, then swiped second before Hassan singled to left for the winning RBI.
Webster picked up the win for Pawtucket.
Hassan missed most of spring training with a stress fracture in his foot, and didn’t play in a game for the PawSox before a calf strain landed him on the disabled list. He did a rehab stint in Fort Myers, Fla.
Buffalo is scheduled to start Thad Weber (0-1, 3.52) against the PawSox’s Brandon Workman (1-0, 4.76) at 6:05 tonight in Pawtucket (Radio 1520 and 550 AM).