Organizational One-Stop: 4/17/08

Jay Johnson was the star of the night Wednesday as he drove in the winning run in the 17th inning to make himself the winning pitcher in the longest game in the history of the Sea Dogs. The PawSox came back to win in extras as well while the JetHawks snapped a losing streak with the split of a doubleheader and the Drive saw its winning streak end at seven games. Here's the recap:

Red Sox: A six-run fifth inning gave the Sox the lead, but the Yankees scored four runs off Julian Tavarez in the bottom of the frame and went on to rout the Sox, 15-9, in front of 54,667 at Yankee Stadium. A recap of that game appears elsewhere on the site.

Triple-A Pawtucket: Bobby Kielty's RBI single with two outs in the top of the 11th inning lifted the PawSox to a 4-3 win over Indianapolis in front of 3,835 in Indianapolis, IN. It was the first lead for the PawSox, who came back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2. Jeff Natale's Triple-A debut was an impressive one as he went 3-for-5 and fell a homer shy of the cycle. George Kottaras had two hits, including his fourth homer, and two RBI. Kielty finished with two hits and two RBI while Brandon Moss, who scored the winning run, had two hits as well. Eric Hull, the sixth PawSox pitcher, picked up his first win in the organization by allowing one hit and striking out four in two innings. Craig Hansen (two innings) and Lee Gronkiewicz (one inning) combined for three shutout innings and have yet to allow a run in a combined 15 1/3 innings this season. Kyle Snyder, who accepted an outright to Pawtucket earlier this week, allowed one run on one hit and struck out two in 2 1/3 innings in relief of starter Abe Alvarez, who gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in two innings. The four-game series in Indianapolis continues tonight, when Michael Tejera starts for the PawSox.

Double-A Portland: Jay Johnson was the star of a historic night for the Sea Dogs as he threw two shutout innings and earned himself the win with the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the 17th inning to lift the Sea Dogs past Connecticut, 8-7, in 17 innings in front of 5,411 at Hadlock Field in Portland, ME. Johnson is the first position player to ever record a decision for the Sea Dogs and the marathon was the longest game in franchise history in terms of both innings and time (five hours and 41 minutes). Johnson, who struck out three, retired the side in order in the 16th and induced an inning-ending double play in the 17th with the bases loaded. Jeff Corsaletti walked leading off the bottom of the frame and Johnson promptly drove him home with the double. Johnson, John Otness and Aaron Bates all had three hits for the Sea Dogs while Andrew Pinckney had three RBI. The Sea Dogs drew 17 walks, including four by leadoff batter Sean Danielson, and stranded 22. Miguel Asencio (two innings), Daniel Haigwood (three innings) and Johnson combined to throw seven shutout innings after Jose Vaquedano blew the save by giving up a home run in the top of the ninth. It was the first run of the season allowed by Vaquedano, who threw 2 2/3 innings Wednesday. Haigwood struck out four and walked just one in lowering his ERA to 0.68. Starter Michael Bowden gave up two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four in 4 2/3 innings. After all that, the Sea Dogs had to hit the road for the start of a three-game series in Binghamton tonight, when Kris Johnson will take the mound.

Single-A Lancaster: Jon Still was 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBI as the JetHawks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over Modesto in the opener of a doubleheader in front of 1,195 in Lancaster, CA. The JetHawks dropped the nightcap, 2-1. Jorge Jimenez was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the opener. Jimmy James earned the win by allowing one run on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts in six innings. Jimenez also had two hits in the second game to lift his average to .440. Argenis Diaz had the only RBI for the JetHawks. Blake Maxwell took the loss after he allowed an unearned run on two hits in the seventh inning. Starter Chris Jones allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out eight in four innings. Tony Bajoczky walked one and struck out three in two hitless innings of relief. The JetHawks begin a four-game series at Bakersfield tonight, when Jayme Russ is scheduled to get the start.

Single-A Greenville: Nick Hagadone left after 2 1/3 innings due to tightness in his left elbow and things didn't get any better from there for the Drive, who saw their seven-game winning streak snapped as they lost to Greensboro, 8-2, in front of 3,025 in Greenville, SC. Drive manager Kevin Boles told reporters Hagadone was lifted as a precautionary measure. Hagadone allowed one hit and two walks while striking out three in 2 1/3 shutout innings. Eamonn Portice took the loss after allowing seven runs—just two earned—on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Luis Exposito and Aaron Reza each homered in the third inning for the Drive, who received two hits from Mike Jones. Anthony Rizzo's streak of six straight multi-hit games was snapped, but his 1-for-4 effort extended his hitting streak to seven games. The Drive host Greensboro again tonight, when Felix Doubront takes the mound.


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