PawSox moving on to Governor’s Cup Finals
The Pawtucket Red Sox are moving on to the Governor’s Cup Finals after beating the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees 7-1 Saturday night. They won their series 3 games to 1 and will be facing the Charlotte Knights or Indianapolis Indians for the title starting Tuesday night.
Both teams couldn’t get anything going in the first inning, but Pawtucket got on the board first in inning number two, playing station to station baseball. The PawSox had their first three batters reach, as Andy LaRoche hit an infield single, Bryce Brentz singled to right, and Dan Butler reached on a ball that went between short and third. After a pop out from Jason Repko, Jon Hee singled to right field, scoring LaRoche and giving Pawtucket an early 1-0 lead. Jeremy Hazelbaker followed with a single of his own through the right side, scoring Brentz and extending the lead to 2-0. Tony Thomas would make it 3-0 as he hustled to first base and reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Butler. JC Linares continued the Sox attack, as he ripped a 2 out single to left field, scoring Hee and making it 4-0 PawSox. The big blow came from Danny Valencia, as he belted a 3-run homerun to left, making it 7-0 after 2 innings.
The Yankees finally broke through against Nelson Figueroa in the bottom of the fourth. After retiring the first 10 batters of the game, Corban Joseph hit a solo homerun to centerfield trimming the PawSox lead to 7-1. Figueroa would quickly retire the next two hitters, keeping the score 7-1 after 4 innings.
That would be the last run scored in the game, as the Yankees bullpen kept the Sox bats at bay and Figueroa was dominant through 8 innings. He gave way to Alex Wilson for the ninth inning who continued the dominance.Wilson retired the Yankees 1-2-3 in the ninth, sending Pawtucket to the Governor’s Cup Finals.
Nelson Figueroa recorded the win, pitching 8 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits and 1 walk, striking out a season high 8. Vidal Nuno received the loss in his Triple-A debut, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits in 1.2 innings.
Pawtucket will host the first two games of the Governor’s Cup at McCoy Stadium Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th. They will then travel to Charlotte or Indianapolis for the final three games of the series. The Knights and Indians were in a rain delay most of the night tonight and the game was not completed at the time this was published. The PawSox are looking for their first Governor’s Cup championship since 1984.