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.