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Live blog: Rochester Red Wings at Pawtucket Red Sox, Game 4

Posted by Craig Forde  September 7, 2013 05:26 PM

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Game over: Rochester knocked the PawSox to the canvas in their six-run fifth inning in which they had 11 batters come to the plate. Thankfully for Pawtucket there is one more round to this fight, tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. The winner will go on to face the Durham Bulls who sit in wait after sweeping Indianapolis in their first round series. Pawtucket sends knuckleballer Charlie Haeger to the hill and Rochester counters with Virgil Vasquez.

Bottom 9th: It's a leadoff walk for Hassan. Hamliton picks up a free pass of his own. Brentz grounds into a 6-4-3 double play and the PawSox are down to their final out. Diaz bloops a single past the bare hand of second baseman Beresford and Hassan scores the PawSox first run. Vazquez squibs one back to the mound to end this one. Red Wings, 9-1

Top 9th: Romero with a leadoff double as Hassan attempts a diving catch on a sinking liner, but comes up short. Hicks draws a walk. Holt ranges into the outfield grass to collect a Farris flyout. A 3-6-1 double play off the bat of Olmedo ends the inning. Red Wings, 9-0

Bottom 8th: Meneses Ks to lead off. Holt grounds out to first. Sutton pops out in four territory, handled easily by Olmedo at third. Red Wings, 9-0

Top 8th: Fryer leads off with a ground out to second base. Richardson finds some grass in left for a single. Another ball finds another hole for the Red Wings as Beresford singles through the right side of the infield. DiSarcina yanks Villareal for Chris Carpenter. Escobar Ks. Clement grounds out to second to end the inning. Red Wings, 9-0

Bottom 7th: Diaz flies to right for the first out. Vazquez Ks swinging. Wilkerson with an ugly at-bat and K, Diamond's eighth. Red Wings, 9-0

Top 7th: We may go with the abridged blog moving forward here, unless something major occurs. Clement flies out to left. Romero walks. Hicks goes U3, moving Romero up to second. RBI single into center for Farris. Brian Villareal on to pitch for Pawtucket. Olmedo ends the innings with a 3-1 ground out. Red Wings, 9-0

Bottom 6th: Sutton jacks a sky high pop up towards the backstop, but Fryer makes a great catch in scurrying to track it down. Hassan slams his bat down in disgust after flying out to right for the second out. Mark Hamilton keeps the inning alive with a lined single into center. Brentz goes down on strikes to end the inning. Diamond has struck out six PawSox through six innings. Red Wings, 8-0

Top 6th: De La Torre back on for Pawtucket gets Richardson looking, despite Richardson thinking he has just drawn his third walk of the game. Diaz comes up with a strong throw from the third base line to retire Beresford for the second out. A strikeout of Escobar gives Pawtucket, and the fans, and the media, a much needed 1-2-3 inning. Red Wings, 8-0

Bottom 5th: Vazquez starts things off with a single back up the box, his second of the game. Wilkerson pops one to the grass behind second base for the first out. Diamond gets Meneses swinging for his fifth strikeout of the game. Holt's sinking liner to left is tracked well by Richardson for out number three. Red Wings, 8-0

Top 5th: Barnes has Olmedo swinging wildly on some 93-94 mph fastballs, but Olemdo wins the battle with an opposite field single into left. It's the third time that Rochester has put their leadoff man on. Barnes sizzles Fryers bat in half, but again the batter gets the better of the pitcher with a single to left. A wild pitch moves up both runners and a four-pitch walk to Richardson loads the bases as DiSarcina heads out to spell Barnes. Alex Wilson on to pitch for the PawSox, gets Beresford to bounce back to the mound, but misplays the ball and all runners are safe. Escobar goes to center field with a single as the Red Wings are going station-to-station here with no outs. Clement has seen enough of that action so he ropes a double to the wall in left, scoring two more and he pulls into second with his second double of the day. Romero gets in on the fun with a single through the hole in left scoring Escobar. Hicks breaks his bat off at the handle, but still manages to squeeze the ball between the line and Sutton at first for a double and yet another Red Wings run. The ninth batter of the inning, Farris, goes down looking for the first out. That's it for Wilson as DiSarcina brings Jose De La Torre on, to hopefully get 14 straight outs and move this game along. Just when it looked as it Olmedo was going to have his second single of the inning, Brock Holt snatches his liner for the second out. Diaz with a fantastic back-hand snatch of a rocket by Fryer leads to the last out of the inning. Mercy! Red Wings, 8-0

Bottom 4th: Hassan goes 5-3 for a leadoff out. A broken bat single for Hamilton gives the PawSox a runner for the fourth straight inning, but can they take advantage? Brentz quickly follows up with a single of his own, but Diaz grounds right to the third baseman who steps on the bag and fires to first, ending the inning with a double play. The PawSox are not getting the breaks tonight. Red Wings, 2-0

Top 4th: Clement lines one right down the first base line, just past the dive of Sutton and into the corner for a leadoff double. Romero founds the spot behind first base where no one can get to his blooper and he is on with a single, putting runners at the corners with no outs. Hicks blasts the first pitch he sees out to center, Wilkerson tracks it, but it's plenty deep enough to score the tagging Clement. Barnes and the PawSox escape with any further damage as Farris goes 6-4-3 on the inning ending double play. Red Wings, 2-0

Bottom 3rd: Heiker Meneses strokes a 1-0 pitch to center for a leadoff single. Holt grounds to second for the second time, taking down Meneses in the process on a crowd deflating double play. Sutton reaches again, this time with a seeing-eye single that dropped between three Red Wings in shallow right field. With the scoreboard showing 3-2, Sutton went with the pitch which bounced to the catcher and was really only the third ball of Hassan's at-bat. Sutton was gunned down at second base by a solid margin and was left staring up at the scoreboard. Red Wings, 1-0

Top 3rd: Richardson's bunt goes skyward to second base and is caught by Holt without issue. Beresford takes one out to left for the second out. Barnes blows away Escobar for the second time with a 96 mph fastball. A much more efficient inning by Barnes there, needing only ten pitches for the 1-2-3. Red Wings, 1-0

Bottom 2nd: Bryce Brentz grounds out to second on a 2-0 pitch to start the bottom half of the inning. Jonathan Diaz strikes out and is thrown out at first after the ball briefly got away from catcher Eric Fryer. Christian Vazquez fists a single opposite field for his second hit at the Triple-A level, both in the playoffs. Shannon Wilkerson swipes at a ball in the dirt, striking out to end the inning. Red Wings, 1-0

Top 2nd: Aaron Hicks shows bunt, but pulls back on Barnes first offering of the inning. Hicks them flies out to shallow right as Barnes continues with a steady diet of fastballs. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Eric Farris lines a single into right-center after a solid battle with Barnes. Ray Olmedo is handcuffed on an 0-2 pitch and bounces one a few feet in front of the plate, Barnes field on to first for the second out. Eric Fryer hits a laser shot to center field, but Shannon Wilkerson shows his range in coming in for the low liner, snatching it to end the inning. Barnes looks more dialed in now, but still needed 18 pitches to get by. Red Wings, 1-0

Bottom 1st: With JBJ back with the big club, Brock Holt assumes leadoff duties for Pawtucket, but grounds out to second. Drew Sutton reaches on throwing errors by shortstop Eduardo Escboar on a routine grounder. Alex Hassan takes a big cut at strike three and Mark Hamilton swings at one in the dirt for back-to-back, inning ending Ks. Red Wings, 1-0

Top 1st: Matt Barnes shows some heavy heat right off the bat, but walks Antoan Richardson on five pitches. Barnes ratchets the heat up to 96 mph in whiffing James Beresford for the first out. Richardson, who was on the go earlier but halted by a foul ball, steals second base with Christian Vazquez throw a little high. Barnes blows the very next pitch past Eduardo Escobar for the second out. Richardson moves up to the third on passed ball. Jeff Clement pokes a single into right field to plate Richardson as the Red Wings strike first. Deibinson Romero breaks his bat on a ground out to short that ends the inning. Barnes used up 23 pitches that inning, looked extremely powerful at points, looked nervous and a bit erratic as well. Red Wings, 1-0

Pregame: The PawSox will look to wrap up their best-of-five series against Rochester tonight at McCoy Stadium. The defending Governors' Cup Champions used an 11 hit attack on Friday to take a 2-1 series lead. If game five is needed, it will be played at McCoy on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ... The Durham Bulls made quick work of first round opponent Indianapolis. A 2-1 victory on Friday gave them the sweep and they will now enjoy a few extra days of rest before the Championship Series begins on Tuesday. ... Christian Vazquez, who caught games two for Pawtucket, will be back behind the dish again tonight. He has been behind the plate for 18 of Matt Barnes' 25 starts this season. Barnes will be making his second Triple-A start with hopes of carrying over the success of his seven strikeout, 5 1/3 scoreless inning debut against Syracuse on August 29th.... With the promotion of Jackie Bradley Jr., Shannon Wilkerson was activated and inserted into the lineup at center field tonight. The right-handed Wilkerson will bat seventh in the lineup and PawSox announcer Jeff Levering, by way of the Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson, points to the lefty-righty matchup presented by Red Wings starter Scott Diamond as the reason for Wilkerson getting the nod over lefty Jeremy Hazelbaker. It will be Wilkerson's Triple-A debut.


Rochester Red Wings
LF Antoan Richardson
2B James Beresford
SS Eduardo Escobar
1B Jeff Clement
DH Deibinson Romero
CF Aaron Hicks
RF Eric Farris
3B Ray Olmedo
C Eric Fryer

LHP Scott Diamond

Pawtucket Red Sox
2B Brad Holt
1B Drew Sutton
LF Alex Hassan
DH Mark Hamilton
RF Bryce Brentz
2B Jonathan Diaz
C Christian Vazquez
CF Shannon Wilkerson
SS Heiker Meneses

RHP Matt Barnes

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