Red Sox: The Sox fell to the Jays, 7-4, in Toronto. The recap appears elsewhere on this site.
Triple-A Pawtucket: The PawSox scored twice with two outs in the ninth, but Keith Ginter popped out with the tying run at third and the winning run at second as Indianapolis held on for a 5-4 win in front of 6,068 at McCoy Stadium. Brandon Moss had an RBI single while Bobby Kielty drew a bases-loaded walk. Both Moss and Kielty finished with two RBI. Six players had one hit each for the PawSox. Devern Hansack took the loss for the PawSox after allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out two in four innings. A trio of relievers allowed one unearned run over the final five frames. The PawSox begin a series against Lehigh Valley tonight at McCoy Stadium, where Mike Timlin is scheduled to make a rehab start.
Double-A Portland: Tony Granadillo went 3-for-6 with an RBI and Jose Vaquedano earned his second win in four days as the Sea Dogs completed a season-opening three game sweep by beating New Britain, 6-3, in front of 2,611 in New Britain, CT. Aaron Bates had two RBI while Mark Wagner and Andrew Pinckney had one RBI apiece. Vaquedano, who also won the season opener Thursday, tossed 1 2/3 hitless innings in which he walked one and struck out two. Hunter Jones allowed two hits in 1 1/3 innings for the save. The Sea Dogs bullpen shined throughout the series, during which it allowed just one run in 14 innings. Starter Kris Johnson made his Double-A debut and allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three in 4 1/3 innings. The Sea Dogs will begin a three-game series against Connecticut in Norwich, CT tonight, when Dustin Richardson is scheduled to make his Double-A debut.
Single-A Lancaster: Is Jon Still the new Bubba Bell? Still hit two homers—giving him four for the season—as the JetHawks routed High Desert, 10-2, in front of 1,172 in Adelanto, CA. Bell, of course, hit five homers in the first four games of the season last year for the JetHawks. Chih-Hsien Chiang had two RBI while Christian Lara had two hits for the JetHawks, who received at least one hit from every starter except Jorge Jimenez, who is still hitting .471 after collecting multiple hits in each of the JetHawks' first three games. Chris Jones earned the win by allowing two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out six in five innings. T.J. Large and Josh Papelbon each tossed two scoreless innings of relief. The JetHawks begin a three-game series at Inland Empire Monday, when Tony Bajoczky makes his Single-A debut.
Single-A Greenville: Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard combined on a five-hit shutout the Drive won the first game of a doubleheader, 6-0, but the Drive fell to Kannapolis, 5-4, in the nightcap in front of 5,919 in Greenville, SC. Josh Reddick had two RBI while Aaron Reza hit a solo homer in the opener. Che-Hsuan Lin and Luis Exposito each had an RBI. Doubront allowed the five hits and walked one while striking out two in five innings before Bard, who battled control issues last year, whiffed three, walked none and hit one batter in two impressive innings. In the finale, Kannapolis broke a tie with one run in the seventh off losing pitcher Jordan Craft. Reza had two RBI while Yamaico Navarro and Wil Vazquez had one RBI apiece. Navarro was the only player with two hits for the Drive, who got one hit from every member of their starting lineup except Anthony Rizzo. Starter Ryan Colvin gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in three innings before Craft gave up three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four in four innings. The Drive open a series tonight in Lexington, where Austin Bailey will make his professional debut on the mound.
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