Red Sox Slug Dodgers 11-2, Earn GC Title

Michael Jones and several of his Gulf Coast Red Sox teammates will be promoted to AA Waterbury today. The Dodgers of the league wouldn't argue with that.They'll agree that some of those Sox are a lot better than rookie league players after Friday's championship finale for, in that one, the Sox tore the Dodgers asunder 11-2 to clinch the title.

Jones went 5-for-5 including a home run, Pedro Vasquez hit a grand slam while Jorge Rodriguez and two relieivers held the L.A. farmhands down with just three hits as the Sox danced their way into the heap of players that piled on each other after they won their second straight game in the best-of-three series.

The Dodgers, who had taken the first game, were never really in the series after that and certainly not on Friday. Rodriguez didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning while Jones, Vasquez and company rocked Wayne Renfrow and those that followed him.

Renfrow had held the Sox down until Jones sent a shot out in the fourth. The Dodgers got back into it in the fifth when Trayvon Robinson doubled and subsequently scored on Francisco Lizarraga's groundout.

But the Sox batters got going in the bottom of that inning. Did they ever. They drove Renfrow out, bringing in Eduardo Quintana who walked the bases loaded and wound up watching as Vasquez's blast chased everybody home.

The Dodgers got their other run in the eighth when Jovanny Rosario tripled and rode home on Robinson's single. That was the only hitting, however, for the East Dvision champions.

Renfrow, who entered the game with an 0.60 ERA, was shelled for seven hits and six runs- four earned- in 4.2 innings. Quintana gave up three runs while gaining only one out. Jonathan Dutton finished up, yielding four hits and two runs in three innings.

So the Sox have the title in what might be the final year of the Gulf Coast League (which MLB is thinking of eliminating). The Dodgers have the memories of a pretty good season in which they came up just one game short.
  Score by innings 
Dodgers 000 001 010- 2 
Red Sox 000 271 01x-11 

  Dodgersab r h bi ave
Herrera 2B   4 0 0 0 .133
Lizarraga SS 4 0 0 1  .357
Mattingly DH 3 0 0 0 .125
Mathews 3B   3 0 0 0 .214
Anthony 1B   3 0 0 0 .000
Jansen C     3 0 0 0 .071
Schwab CF    2 0 0 0 .000
Rosario RF   3 1 1 0 .188
Robinson LF  3 1 2 1 .200
  Dodgers   28  2  3  2
  Red Sox   36 11 12 10

  Errors- Anthony. 2B- Robinson 
(1). 3B- Rosario (3). RBI- Lizarraga 
(1), Robinson (1). LOB- Dodgers 2, 
Red Sox 8. SB- Mattingly (2).

  Dodgers    in h r-er bb so era
Renfrow (0-1) 4.2 7 6-4 3 3 4.50
Quintana      0.1 1 3-0 1 0 0.00
Dutton        3.0 4 2-2 2 3 6.00
  WP- Renfrow 2. T- 2:25

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