The Syracuse Chiefs scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox this afternoon in the season finale for both teams.
Holding a 3-2 lead entering the eighth Syracuse scored all three runs off PawSox reliever T.J. Large (3-4). The big blow came on a bases loaded two-run ground rule double by C Gustavo Molina.
Chris Carter had another big game offensively for the PawSox. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles in what could be his final game with the Red Sox organization. Carter is rumored to the part of the trade that brought RP Billy Wagner to the Red Sox from the Mets last month.
Dusty Brown added two hits for Pawtucket while Mark Wagner drove in two runs.
Enrique Gonzalez pitched well in his final start for the PawSox although he did not figure in the decision. Gonzalez went five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked four, struck out two, and gave up a home run to the Chiefs’ Brad Eldred.
The PawSox finish the season with a record of 61-82, their worst season since 2002.
Too bad it’s September instead of May.
The story of the 2009 Pawtucket Red Sox was their lack of offense, but you couldn’t say that about the team last night. The PawSox combined for 22 runs with 28 hits as they swept a pair from the Syracuse Chiefs yesterday 12-5 and 10-2 at Alliance Bank Stadium.
In game one Jeff Bailey, Jed Lowrie, Mark Wagner, and Sean Danielson each drove in two runs. Dusty Brown and Travis Denker checked in with three hits apiece.
Adam Mills (2-2) put together another start that was just good enough to earn him the win. He worked five innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits. He walked one and struck out two.
PawSox MVP Chris Carter collected four of Pawtucket’s 11 hits in game two. Bubba Bell had three RBI’s while Jeff Natale belted a homer and drove in two. Angel Chavez also drove in a pair of runs.
Charlie Zink (6-15) ended a disappointing 2009 on a high note, earning the win. The knuckleballer threw five innings, giving up one run on five hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
The 2009 season finale is this afternoon (2:00 PM) in Syracuse as Enrique Gonzalez (8-10, 5.24 ERA) throws for the Pawsox. Shairon Martis (4-4, 5.00 ERA) pitches for the Chiefs.
BOX SCORE GAME ONE
BOX SCORE GAME TWO
The Rochester Red Wings broke-up a 3-3 tie with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth on their way to a 6-4 victory over the PawSox last night at McCoy.
Rochester took the lead on three consecutive doubles in the fifth by Drew Butera, Jason Pridie, and Matt Tolbert off PawSox starter Billy Traber (7-8).
Traber pitched six innings in taking the loss. He surrendered eight hits, walking one and striking out two.
Meanwhile knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (2-1) pitched seven innings to pick-up the win for the Red Wings. He gave up nine hits, walking three and striking out three.
Brock Peterson went three for three for the Red Wings. Dustin Martin had two hits and drove in two runs.
Gil Velazquez had two RBI’s for Pawtucket while Chris Carter, Mark Wagner, and Dusty Brown collected two hits each for the PawSox.
The PawSox welcome the Syracuse Chiefs to McCoy tonight (6:15pm) for the first of two games to wrap up the home portion of their season. Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 1.54 ERA) will make a rehab start for Pawtucket. Ross Detwiler (3-2, 3.05 ERA) throws for the Chiefs.
The PawSox offense scored some runs early, then held off a ninth inning Rochester rally to beat the Red Wings, 7-6, last night at McCoy.
The PawSox held a 7-2 lead entering the ninth, but reliever TJ Large had trouble closing the door, giving up four runs in only 1/3 inning on the mound. Fernando Cabrera was forced to come in and get the final two outs of the game…and in the process earn his 22nd save of the season.
Chris Carter was the offensive star for Pawtucket, going two for three, including a three run homer, and driving in four runs. Jeff Natale had three hits while Sean Danielson had a double and drove in a run.
Enrique Gonzalez (8-11) put together a solid start and came away with the win. He gave up two runs on four hits over six innings. One run came on a solo home run by Rochester’s Matt Macri in the fifth. Gonzalez struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Jason Jones (5-11) took the loss for the Red Wings, yielding four runs on seven hits over five innings of work.
The two teams close out their two game series tonight (7:05pm). R.A. Dickey (1-1, 5.13 ERA) pitches for the Red Wings. He’ll be opposed by Billy Traber ( 7-7, 3.22 ERA) for the PawSox.
The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox 3-2 last night at Coca-Cola Park to sweep their two-game series in Allentown, PA.
The PawSox again wasted a fairly solid starting performance, this time by Adam Mills (1-2). Mills did give up all three LHV runs, but only one was earned. An Angel Chavez error in the third led to two uneraned runs to score. Mills pitched four innings, giving up seven hits while walking one and striking out two.
Pawtucket’s runs came on a two run, two out triple by Bubba Bell in the eighth off Iron Pigs starter Kyle Kendrick (9-7) .
Mike Cervenack had three hits to lead the Iron Pigs.
The PawSox return home tonight (7:05pm) to begin their final homestand of the season. They open up with a two game series with the Rochester Red Wings. Tonight’s first game will feature Jason Jones (5-10, 5.69 ERA) pitching for Rochester and Enrique Gonzalez (7-11, 5.34 ERA) for the PawSox.