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The Pawtucket Red Sox once again had a better first week of the season with a better record than their major-league affiliate. Pawtucket finished the week with a 3-3 record, good for second place in the IL North. It was an eventful open for the Sox, so let’s get straight to it.
Mets’ top prospect Matt Harvey got roughed up in his AAA début, giving up four runs in only 5.1 innings. Two solo homers gave Buffalo the lead in the fourth, but a two-RBI single from Pedro Ciriaco took the lead right back in the bottom of the inning. An RBI single from Jason Repko in the 5th gave the Sox an insurance run, and Garrett Mock threw two shutout innings for the save.
Brandon Duckworth allowed only one run over 6.2 innings, and thanks to a Lavarnway RBI single the game was tied at one going into the ninth. But with two down, a tiring Tony Pena, Jr. gave up an RBI single to Omar Quintanilla. Pawtucket had runners on first and second in the bottom of the inning, but Lars Anderson flied out to end the game.
Former Rockie Aaron Cook was spectacular, completing all seven innings while giving up an unearned run and scattering five hits. Sacrifice flies from Anderson and Iglesias and a home run from Repko provided the Sox with more than enough offense to take the first game of the twi-nighter.
Thanks to a Mauro Gomez long-ball, Alex Wilson left the game in line for the win after allowing one run on three hits in five innings, but Chorye Spoone blew the save as Domonic Brown drove in two with a sixth-inning single.
Offense was at premium as Doug Mathis locked horns with Scott Elarton. Hector Luna doubled and Domonic Brown singled him home in the fourth, and that was all the IronPigs bullpen needed. The Sox threatened in the ninth with consecutive singles, but Jake Diekman struck out Alex Hassan to earn the save.
It was a pitchers duel for a while between Ross Ohlendorf and former Brewer Dave Bush. Both starters had combined to allow only four hits and one unearned run when the game was handed off to the bullpens in the bottom of the sixth. Gomez homered, Nava homered, and before Lehigh manager Ryne Sandberg could pull reliever Raul Valdes, it was 6-0. A Will Middlebrooks home run in the eighth increased the lead to eight.