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Buccholz Rehabs, PawSox Clinch Division Title

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PAWTUCKET, R.I.— The Pawtucket Red Sox became the North Division Champions on Justin Henry's game-winning hit in the bottom of the 9th inning beating Syracuse 2-1 in front of a season high 11,017 fans at McCoy Stadium.   

 

Pawtucket sent major league rehabber Clay Buchholz to the mound against Syracuse in front of a packed house at McCoy Stadium in search of finding his form after missing more than two and a half months with a neck strain AND with the PawSox magic number to win the Division at 1.

 

The Chiefs broke through early in the 1st against Buchholz as Eury Perez singled to lead off the game. He would steal second and advance to third on a throwing error. Jeff Kobernus followed with an infield single to score Perez and give Syracuse a 1-0 lead.

 

Buchholz ran into more trouble in the 3rd allowing a lead-off single before Danny Espinosa singled and moved to second on a misplay in right field putting runners at second and third with only one out. After a line out, Buchholz struck out Will Rhymes looking to end the threat and strand two runners on base.

 

The righty pitched into the 4th getting a ground ball out before allowing a double on the last pitch he threw. Buchholz threw 53 pitches, 34 for strikes in 3.1 innings allowing a run on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts and no walks.  Jose De La Torre came in to finish the 4th and picked a man off second base before striking out Jeff Howell to end the inning.

 

The PawSox offense finally clicked against start Jeff Mandel in the 4th as rehabber Brandon Snyder recorded Pawtucket's first hit to lead off the frame. After a double play, the PawSox strung together three straight two-out singles, the last one by Brock Holt to drive home a run and tie the game 1-1.

 

Fellow major league rehabber Alex Wilson pitched a flawless 5th for the PawSox including a strikeout.

 

Anthony Ranaudo, Friday's originally scheduled starter, came on in the 6th for his first appearance out of the bullpen since the Future's Game in New York and he was outstanding. He would walk the first man he faced, but would then retire the next 12 in a row to take the game into the bottom of the 9th.

 

With two outs in the 9th against Syracuse closer, Quintin Berry drew a walk. With Justin Henry at the plate, Berry stole second to get into scoring position. On a 1-1 count, Henry laced a single to center to score Berry and win the game and win the North Division for second time in three years.  

 

The Pawsox will conclude their four-game set with Syracuse and host the final home game of the Regular Season Saturday night at 6:05. Allen Webster (8-4, 3.68) is scheduled to throw for Pawtucket against Chiefs' righty Caleb Clay (5-2, 2.57).

 

Fans will want to stick around after the game for the traditional Closing Game Celebration that is done only here at McCoy Stadium. 

 

Tickets for all possible 2013 PawSox playoff games at McCoy Stadium are on sale at the Box Office at McCoy.  Fans can also charge tickets with any major credit card by calling the PawSox at (401) 724-7300 or visiting the PawSox website at www.pawsox.com.  Tickets for the 2013 Governors' Cup Semi-Finals and Governors' Cup Finals will be priced the same as regular-season tickets.  Box Seats are $12.00 apiece while General Admission are $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children (aged 12 & under) & Senior Citizens.  Fans who purchase a PawSox Playoff Pack (a strip of box seats for all six potential PawSox home playoff games) will receive a discounted price of $66 for all 6 tickets. 

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