PawSox Rally to Take Game 1 of the Governor’s Cup Final
PawSox news release…
DURHAM, NC –
In a classic playoff game, the Pawtucket Red Sox scored two runs in the 8th
and held off a late charge from the Durham Bulls to escape with a 2-1
victory in Game 1 of the Governors' Cup Championship series.
On the mound, it was a battle of former 1st round picks with Anthony Ranaudo on the hill for Pawtucket and Jake Odorizzi starting for Durham.
It would be the Bulls who would strike first in the 2nd inning as veteran Mike Fontenot led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice
bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jesus Flores to grab a 1-0 lead.
cruise from there on allowing just two singles over his final four
innings of work. He would work six innings allowing just one run on four
while striking out four. He would give way to Alex Wilson in the 7th
who was able to escape a two-out, runners at the corners jam thanks to a
fantastic diving catch by Justin Henry in center field.
PawSox offense did not muster much against Odorizzi having just one
runner in scoring position over his seven shutout frames. The righty
out seven while scattering four singles.
But, in the 8th
against Providence native Jeff Beliveau, the PawSox mounted a rally.
Justin Henry, after making his great catch in center
field, singled to start the inning. With two strikes, Beliveau hit
Heiker Menses with a pitch before Jonathan Diaz sacrifice the runners to
second and third. That brought up Brock Holt. On the 7th pitch of the at-bat, Holt lined a single off the
glove of Fontenot at second base and into center field scoring both Henry and Meneses to give Pawtucket a 2-1 advantage.
Rowland-Smith, the PawSox lone lefty on the staff, walked the lead-off
batter before hitting another. With no one out and runners at 1st
and 2nd, IL Manager of the Year, Charlie Montoyo, pinch-hit
for Leslie Anderson, the Bulls leader in homers and RBI, with Evan Frey
to try and sacrifice the runners to second and third. Frey would strike
then hit a ground ball that looked destined for right field, but Brock
Holt snared it with a dive in shallow right, got to his feet and fired
to first to get Fontenot and keeping runners at 2nd and 3rd
now with two outs. The following batter hit a high pop up down the left
field line that Jeremy Hazelbaker made a tremendous sliding catch on to
end the Durham threat in the 8th.
There were more dramatics in the 9th
as Anthony Carter was summoned to get the final three outs for
Pawtucket. After a strikeout, Tim Beckham
singled. Cole Figueroa singled advancing Beckham to third and Figueroa
moved to second on the throw. Carter would issue an intentional walk to
load the bases. Shelley Duncan, who was hitting in Anderson's spot in
the lineup, popped up in foul territory to
third for the second out and keep the bases full. Brandon Guyer
followed with a fly out to right to wrap up the 2-1 victory for the
PawSox and take a 1-0 series lead in the Governors' Cup Championship
PawSox will play Game 2 of the Governors' Cup Finals Wednesday night at
7:05pm at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Pawtucket
will send knuckleballer Steven Wright (1-0, 0.00) to the mound against
J.D. Martin (1-0, 2.25) of the Bulls. The PawSox will return home to
McCoy Stadium for Game 3 Friday night the 13th at 7:05pm and if necessary games Saturday at 6:05 and Sunday
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
Great Box Seat tickets are still available!
Tickets for the 2013 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