The Pawtucket Red Sox combined timely hitting and strong pitching to defeat the Rochester Red Wings, 4-2, this afternoon in the final game of their three game set at Frontier Field.
The PawSox were able to open up a 4-0 lead on a Chad Spann sacrifice fly in the second, a two run homer by Jeff Bailey in the third, and a Keith Ginter double in the fifth. Ginter ended the game going 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles.
Knuckleballer Charlie Zink (3-1) once again was effective as the starter for Pawtucket. He pitched 6 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on four hits. He walked two and struck out two to earn the win.
The Red Wings had a chance to score more than two runs in the sixth off Zink. With runners on second and third and one out and one run in, OF Jason Pridie made a poor base running decision in trying to score from third on a grounder back to Zink. 2B Howie Clark then drove in Rochester’s second run with a single. Zink retired DH Randy Ruiz on a fly out to right to end the threat.
RHP Chris Smith came in to pitch the final three innings for Pawtucket to pick-up his first save of the season.
LHP Francisco Liriano (0-1) struggled again for the Red Wings, going 4 1/3 innings, giving up all four runs and taking the loss.
The PawSox head to Syracuse tomorrow night (7:00pm) to begin a four game series with the Chiefs. Davern Hansack (0-3) is slated to start for Pawtucket.