The Pawtucket Red Sox split a double header with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees last night, taking game one 5-3 and falling in game two 6-1.
Both Pawtucket starterearned decisions in the twin bill. Randor Bierd (2-1) had another solid outing, giving up only two runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings to pick-up the win in game one.
Charlie Zink (5-15) started well in game two, but took the loss by giving up the first SWB run in the fifth. Hunter Jones and Enrique Gonzalez combined to give up the five other Yankee runs in game two.
Shelley Duncan was the offensive star in game two, belting a grand slam off Gonzalez in the bottom of the sixth.
Josh Reddick tripled and drove in two runs for the PawSox in game one. Mark Wagner and Angle Chavez each had two hits for Pawtucket.
The PawSox head south within the State of Pennsylvania to begin a two game series with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs tonight (7:05pm). Michael Bowden (4-6, 3.19 ERA) pitches for Pawtucket. He’ll face Drew Carpenter (10-5, 3.33 ERA) for the Iron Pigs.
BOX SCORE GAME ONE
BOX SCORE GAME TWO
The PawSox have not had much luck in Moosic, PA against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees this season. Two games earlier this year were postponed due to wet field conditions on SUNNY days!. Friday’s opener here was also washed out. And the teams were hampered by rain again last night, forcing the playing of only one the the two scheduled contests.
The PawSox also found no luck on the field, as they could only muster five hits in falling to the Yankees 3-0.
Billy Traber (7-7) took the loss for the PawSox, giving up all three runs on nine hits over five innings. Traber gave up one home run, a solo shot to 2B Kevin Russo in the fifth.
Chris Carter had two of the PawSox’ five hits.
The two teams will attempt to play another double header late this afternoon (5:05pm). Randor Bierd (1-1, 4.76 ERA) and Charlie Zink (5-14, 5.85 ERA) will pitch for the PawSox.
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DH Jeff Bailey broke-up a 2-2 tie with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth leading the Pawtucket Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs last night at McCoy.
The teams shared the lead throughout the game. The Iron Pigs scored first in the top of the fifth on a John Mayberry, Jr. solo home run.
PawSox SS Jed Lowrie, back with the team on a rehab assignment for the Red Sox, knotted the game at 1-1 with a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the sixth ining.
The PawSox took the lead in the eighth on a Mark Wagner RBI single but Lehigh Valley 1B Mike Cervenak tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth.
Paul Byrd put together an excellent outing in his second start for the PawSox. He gave up only one run on three hits through seven innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Hunter Jones (3-3) earned the win in relief.
The two teams wrap up their three game series tonight (7:05 pm) at McCoy. Randor Bierd (1-1, 4.30 ERA) pitches for the PawSox versus Rodrigo Lopez (6-4, 4.19 ERA) for Lehigh Valley.
The Pawtucket Red Sox have now lost 12 of their last 13 games, falling to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs this afternoon, 4-2 at McCoy.
Once again the PawSox fell victim to strong pitching from the Iron Pigs. Starter Joe Savery (3-2) pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits. Gary Majewski and Jack Traschner pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to preserve the win.
PawSox starter Billy Traber, a solid performer all year, had an off day today, giving up three runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings of work. He gave up two home runs, to LF John Mayberry Jr. in the second and to 2B Carlos Leon in the third. Leon and CF rich Thompson had three hits each. 1B Mike Cervenack drove in two runs.
Game three of the series will be tomorrow night (7:05 pm). Brian Mazone (1-5, 4.71 ERA) will pitch for Lehigh Valley. Paul Byrd (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will make his second start for the PawSox.
1B Mike Cervenak broke-up a scoreless tie with an RBI double in the top of the 11th inning to set-up the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs to a 3-0 win over the PawSox last night at McCoy.
The Iron Pigs added two more runs in the frame on a two-run double by 3B Terry Tiffie.
The story of the game before the 11th was the strong pitching performance by both clubs. Adam Mills was outstanding for the PawSox, giving up only three hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Iron Pigs starter Gustavo Chacin was equal to the task, pithcing eight scorelss on two hits while walking two and striking out two.
PawSox reliever T.J. Large (3-2) gave up all three runs in the 11th and took the loss. Jason Anderson (1-1) pitched an 1 1/3 to get the win for Lehigh Valley.
One again the PawSox offense could muster only three hits. Cervenak had three of the Iron Pigs seven hits on the night.
The two teams will play again theis afternoon (1:05pm). Joe Savery (2-1, 5.16 ERA) will pitch for the Iron Pigs while Billy Traber (7-5, 2.88 ERA) throws for the PawSox
Here is Tim Wakefield following tonight’s rehab performance at McCoy…