When the Boston Red Sox acquired Zach Stewart from the Chicago White Sox, the hope was that Stewart would be able to offer insurance for the starting rotation.
After his first start at Pawtucket, Stewart did nothing that would make you think that he wasn’t an option down the stretch for the Red Sox.
Stewart went 5 2/3 innings, allowed just one run on six hits. At one point, Stewart retired 12-straight Charlotte Knights.
The Knights had two of their six hits off Stewart in the first inning. But after that, Stewart got into a groove. He was able to pound the strike-zone and had great success in getting ahead in counts.
Overall, Stewart threw 81 pitches, 57 of them for strikes. Stewart had just 18 appearances for the White Sox in 2012. He showed no rust in his Paw Sox start. His control was solid. Stewart finished with 4 strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Stewart left the game with a 4-1 lead. Paw Sox skipper Arnie Beyeler pulled Stewart with two-outs in the sixth after the Knights had put together a pair of hits.