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The Pawtucket Red Sox just keep on tearing through the International League. A 6-1 week against three different teams expanded the Sox’ lead in the IL North from one half to three games.
Daisuke Matsuzaka made his second rehab start, but Boston manager Bobby Valentine was unimpressed and announced that Daisuke would be making two more starts for Pawtucket. On Thursday, Daniel Nava was called up to Boston and Clayton Mortensen was sent back to Pawtucket.
Then, on Sunday, Boston placed Darnell McDonald on the 15-day DL and called up Mauro Gomez. Gomez struck out as a pinch hitter in his first major league at bat that day. The Red Sox bought 2005 All-Star Scott Podsednik from the Philadelphia Phillies to take Gomez’s spot in Pawtucket. Podsednik had been hitting .203 in 22 games with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Pawtucket got the scoring started early against Rochester starter Cole DeVries, with Mauro Gomez singling in the first to drive in Iglesias and Lavarnway. The Red Wings got a run back in the second with a solo homer from Joe Thurston, but Nate Spears drove in Lin in the bottom of the inning to stretch the lead back to two runs. Justin Germano was great for the rest of his outing, completing six innings while giving up two runs on six hits. Garrett Mock, Junichi Tazawa, and Mark Melancon each threw scoreless innings to seal the win.
Brandon Duckworth allowed a home run to the second batter of the game and couldn’t get in a groove, allowing five runs over five innings. The Sox were down 6-5 after Alex Wilson surrendered a run in the seventh, but Mauro Gomez once again saved the day, driving in Iglesias and Anderson in the eighth to give Pawtucket the lead. Mark Melancon struck out the final batter of the game to earn his second save in as many days.
Doug Mathis turned in a great outing, scattering five hits over six shutout innings. Columbus committed three errors behind starter Chris Seddon and allowed an unearned run to score in the first. Mauro Gomez doubled in the fifth to plate Ciriaco and Lavarnway and give the Red Sox a 5-0 lead. Jose Iglesias went 2/4 with a run scored.
Daisuke Matsuzaka got roughed up in his second start, giving up five runs in 5.1 innings. A two-run bomb from Josh Kroeger in the second gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. The Sox were losing 6-4 in the seventh when Chris Ray walked Nate Spears with the bases loaded, then allowed a sac fly to Tony Thomas to tie the game. In the eighth, Jose Iglesias reached on an error from Andy LaRoche, tagged up on Lavarnway’s fly ball, and scored on Josh Kroeger’s sac fly. Garrett Mock got the last five outs to earn his second victory of the year.
Ross Ohlendorf hit consecutive batters in the first inning, leading to a run. Pawtucket got the run back in the second when Scott Podsednik, it his first plate appearance with the Sox, hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Alex Hassan. A three-run homer from Russ Canzler in the fourth gave Columbus a 4-1 lead. Mike Rivera tied it in the sixth with a sacrifice fly that drove in Hassan, and the Red Sox took the lead in the eighth with Alex’s second home run of the year. Mark Melancon tossed a perfect ninth to notch his fourth save.
It would have been a pitcher’s duel between Justin Germano and Eric Berger had the defenses done their part. Pawtucket opened the scoring in the third when Scott Podsednik singled to center field and Ezequiel Carrera couldn’t handle it cleanly, allowing Pedro Ciriaco to score from first. The Sox were still leading 1-0 in the sixth when Columbus had runners on second and third with one out. Consecutive errors from Pedro Ciriaco and Nate Spears set the stage for a three-run homer from Matt LaPorta to give the Clippers a 5-1 lead. The Red Sox got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Lars Anderson led off with a homer, but Chris Ray threw a perfect ninth to receive his sixth save.
Brandon Duckworth bounced back with great performance, going six innings while giving up two solo shots. Josh Kroeger went yard in the first and Jose Iglesias did the same in the second to give Pawtucket an early 5-0 lead. Ryan Lavarnway added some insurance in the ninth with a double that drove in Podsednik and Iglesias, and Mark Melancon shut things down in the bottom of the inning to preserve his spotless ERA of 0.00 through 12 innings.
Tags: Alex Hassan, Boston Red Sox, Brandon Duckworth, Chris Ray, Columbus Clippers, Daisuke Matsuzaka, doug mathis, Durham Bulls, garrett mock, Jose Iglesias, josh kroeger, justin germano, Mark Melancon, mauro gomez, Pawtucket Red Sox, pedro ciriaco, Red Sox, Rochester Red Wings, Ross Ohlendorf, Ryan Lavarnway, Scott Podsednik