Game over: The PawSox move one win away from returning to the Governors' Cup final with the 5-1 win. They finished the night with 11 hits, led by Mark Hamilton's 2-for-2 effort that included a double, home run, two RBIs and two walks. Pawtucket hosts game four Saturday night at 6:05 p.m. Steven Wright earns the win on the heels of 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Ryan Rowland-Smith picks up the save.
Top 9th: Rowland-Smith dispatches Beresford via the strikeout, his third straight. Escobar takes a 2-2 pitch out to center, but Bradley had plenty of room and time to get under it. With a 1-2 count, Parmelee works things back in his favor as he draws the walk. Rowland-Smith expresses his displeasure with some of the calls on that sequence. Parmelee takes second on a defense indifference, but the game ends on the next pitch when Clement pops up to Holt at second base. PawSox, 5-1
Bottom 8th: Parmelee tracks down a Butler pop up in foul territory, snatching it right before it goes over the wall past the stands down the right-side line. Holt gets his second single of the day through the right-side hole. Advances to second on a wild pitch from May. Diaz Ks. Meneses drops a single in front of Hicks, bringing Holt around for the fifth Sox run of the night. Bradley, first pitch swinging, pokes a single through the right-side. The inning ends on a Sutton ground out to first base. Rochester coming down to their final chances. PawSox, 5-1
Top 8th: Clement becomes Beato's third straight strikeout victim. Hicks smacks a single just past the reach of Diaz at third. That's the second hit of the night for Hicks who doubles in the second. Beato rears back for that extra something and finds 95 mph, but unfortunately it's for ball four to Farris. Pitching coach Rich Sauveur comes out for a very brief talk. Ryan Rowland-Smith begins to throw in the PawSox bullpen. Olmedo singles into right, scoring Hicks from second, breaking the shutout. Brian Dinkelman comes on to pinch hit for Fryer and that gets DiSarcina up to pull the plug on Beato's night. Rowland-Smith comes on for the lefty-on-lefty matchup. Rochester goes to the bench again and Deibinson Romero will now be the batter as Dinkelman takes a seat. Rowland-Smith with the big strike out of Fryer and another of leadoff man Mitchell, ending the Red Wings rally. PawSox, 4-1
Bottom 7th: Sutton flies out to left and Hassan does the same for a quick two outs. May gives up just the second Red Wings walk of the night, both coming to Hamilton. Brentz does down on strikes to end the inning. PawSox, 4-0
Top 7th: Wright back on for Pawtucket as Beato gets back up in the bullpen. Fryer goes 5-3 to start things off with an out. Mitchell picks up his first hit of the game, a single into right field. Rochester has a hit in all but the first inning and that will bring an end to Wright's night, but not before the 4,681 on hand give him a rousing ovation for his efforts. Very solid effort by Wright tonight, saving the bullpen in the process. Pedro Beato on to pitch for Pawtucket. Beresford takes Beato's first offering down the line for a bunt single. Beato blows a 93 mph heater by Escobar for the second out. Then goes down a tic to 92 mph to K Parmelee and end the threat. PawSox, 4-0
Bottom 6th: Trevor May, the No. 7 ranked prospect in the Twins system, relieves Dean who allowed eight hits and four runs (three earned) in five innings. Butler sends Hicks all the way back to the wall in center, but is retired on a fly out. May records his first strikeout of the game on Holt. Diaz hits a routine grounder that looks to end the inning, but Olmedo boots it and Diaz reaches with two outs. Another routine grounder, this time to second base, is booted and Meneses makes it to first. A third straight infield grounder finally ends the inning as Bradley goes 6-3 to halt the error-laden rally. PawSox, 4-0
Top 6th: Wright back out for Pawtucket. Parmelee avoids his third K of the night, working the count full before walking. Clement's towering fly is handled by Diaz at third. Wright dismisses Hicks on strikes, his fourth K of the game. On a 2-2 count Farris takes one right back up the middle for a two-out single. Pedro Beato begins to warm in the Pawtucket pen. A wild pitch pushes runners to second and third. Wright gets out of the game with a strikeout of Olmedo. PawSox, 4-0
Bottom 5th: Bradley grounds out to second base for the third time tonight (one being a fielder's choice). Mitchell made a valiant effort on a fly ball in foul territory off the bat of Sutton. At full speed the right fielder slammed into the wall chest first as he was getting to the ball. He could not hold on, but bounced right back to his feet. Sutton punches a single to left, his second of the day. Hassan becomes Dean's first strikeout victim of the night. But Hamilton follows with a two-out, two-run homer to right field. Hamilton (2-for-2, double, HR, walk) took the first for a long ride. Brentz ends the inning on a fly out to right-center. PawSox, 4-0
Top 5th: Wright gets Fryer to ground out to second to start the inning. Mitchell skies one to the back of the infield and Meneses gets under it for the second out. Beresford finds the whole between first and second for a single that extends the inning. Escobar grounds one into the hole at short, but Diaz makes a nice throw on the play and Sutton another nice scoop at first to end the inning. Wright has allowed four hits and three walks, but no runs through five. PawSox, 2-0
Bottom 4th: Holt ground back to Dean for the first out. Diaz takes the first pitch he sees out to right for out number two. Meneses takes a 2-0 offering to center, ending the inning. It's the first 1-2-3 frame for the Red Wings. PawSox, 2-0
Top 4th: Wright works his third K of the inning, the second on Parmelee. Clement draws a walk, the third in the last two innings by Wright. Hicks pushes Brentz back to the right field warning track for out number two. Farris, who has been busy in left field all night, grounds one right on the line to third base, but Diaz has no play and it goes for a single. The inning ends on an Olmedo ground out to second. PawSox, 2-0
Bottom 3rd: Hassan grounds out to second base to start the inning. One pitch after hooking a 375 foot foul ball into the soccer field next door, Hamilton goes down the line in right for a double, the first PawSox extra base hit of the night. Brentz moves Hamilton up on an opposite field sac-fly to right. Butler follows with a shot out to left-center that Farris makes a spectacular diving catch on to save a run. Farris showed solid speed and range in extending to get that one. PawSox, 2-0
Top 3rd: Ray Olmedo just sneaks a hit in down the left field line, slicing it enough to earn him a leadoff double, the Wings second of the night. Eric Fryer draws a walk as the last two batters in Rochester's order reach to start the inning. Mitchell drops a bunt right in front of home plate, Wright plays it over to first and the runners advance a base. Beresford draws the second walk of the inning to load the bases with one out and Wright seems to be stumbling a bit here. And just like that Wright gets out of the jam on a 3-6-1 double play. PawSox, 2-0
Bottom 2nd: Dan Butler leads off with a hard grounder to short on a 1-1 count. Red Wings SS Eduardo Escobar throws wildly to first and Butler finds himself on second with no outs. Steady Brock Holt drops an opposite field single in front of left fielder Eric Farris and Butler scores with ease. Jonathan Diaz goes back up the box for the third straight PawSox single. Heiker Meneses breaks up that string with a text book push bunt down the first base line, pushing up Holt and Diaz. Bradley grounds to second in his second at-bat, but it was deep enough to score Holt from third and move up Diaz with two outs. Sutton gets a hold of a Dean fastball, but Farris gets to in front of the warning track. Early damage has been done though, as Pawtucket has punched out five singles thus far and own a two-run lead after two. PawSox, 2-0
Top 2nd: Wright uses four pitches to strike out Chris Parmelee to start the inning. Jeff Clement grounds out to Drew Sutton at first. On a 1-1 pitch Aaron Hicks gets a solid piece of it, sending it down to the wall in front of the PawSox bullpen in left for a double. With an 0-2 count on Eric Farris, Hicks steals third uncontested. On the next pitch Farris grounds one to Heiker Meneses at short and on a hurried throw, Sutton pulls off a run-saving backhand scoop out of the dirt to end the inning. No score
Bottom 1st: Jackie Bradley Jr. grounds out to second base to lead things off for the PawSox bats. Drew Sutton drills a single into center after an eight pitch at-bat. Alex Hassan laces an 0-1 pitch into left for the second straight PawSox single. Mark Hamilton draws a walk after working the count full, packing the sacks for Pawtucket with just one out. The rally is instantly squashed when Bryce Brentz hits an easy bounced back to Pat Dean who goes home for one and catcher-to-first completed the double play and ends the inning. No score
Top 1st: Steven Wright starts things off with a 77 mph knuckler for a strike, then gets Jermaine Mitchell to lift the next pitch to shallow left field for the game's first out. James Beresford follows with a line-out to short on a 1-1 pitch. After running the count full Eduardo Escobar goes down swinging. It's a 1-2-3 first for Wright who threw 11 pitches/7 for strikes and looks to have decent command of his knuckleball thus far. No score
Pregame: The shadows have crept across McCoy Stadium, pushing the last touches of sunshine out into the visitor's bullpen in right field. Game time temperature will be right around 60 degrees, but should dip considerably now that the sun is down for the night. Prior to the game Steven Wright asked myself and Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times if it was expected to be cold tonight. He was not happy with the answer we gave him. We'll keep an eye on how the knuckleball may be affected by all of this.
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