Final: PawSox 2, Knights 0: The PawSox are on the brink of history as they win games one and two at home in the Governors’ Cup Championship Series. They now need to capture one win in Charlotte for their first International League title since 1984. Tomorrow night’s game three will be a 7:10 p.m. start time and if a game four of five are necessary, they will begin at the same time.
Top 9th, Knights 0, PawSox 2: Jose De La Torre in to close the door on this one for the PawSox.
Loman goes down looking on three straight pitches. Phegley grounds out to second for out number two. Thompson grounds to Hee who boots the ball and can't get it to first in time to end the game. Mitchell grounds down the line at first, handled by De La Torre who flips to Spears to end the game.
Bottom 8th, Knights 0, PawSox 2: Anthony Carter comes on in relief of Charlie Shirek who allowed only four hits and two runs in seven innings of work for the Knights.
Lin gets his second hit of the game, a single up the middle that shortstop Carlos Sanchez made a nice play on in the hole, but couldn't come up with a strong enough throw. Hazelbaker moves Lin over to second with a groundout to third base. Thomas pushed Lin to third on a groundout to second. Linares stands Lin by striking out to end the inning.
Top 8th, Knights 0, PawSox 2: Short reaches base for the third time tonight with a leadoff walk. Short then steals second on the second pitch to Golson.
Golson proceeds to sky one to the mound which is handled by Spears and Beyeler comes out to make a pitching change, bringing Alex Wilson in from the pen.
Garcia strikes out and Morel flies to center to end the inning. Knights will be down to their last three outs in their next at-bat.
Bottom 7th, Knights 0, PawSox 2: For the second time in three innings Spears grounds to first to start the inning. Butler is retired, 4-3, for the first time tonight. Hee goes down swinging on a 94 mile-per-hour fastball from Shirek who now has three 1-2-3 frames through seven.
Top 7th, Knights 0, PawSox 2: Pedro Beato on to pitch for Pawtucket
Stewart's line - 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks, 87 pitches/58 strikes
Hazelbaker calls off Hee in short left on Phegley's shallow fly out. Thompson pops up to Butler in foul ground for the second out. Mitchell walks, but Sanchez grounds to third to end the inning.
Bottom 6th, Knights 0, PawSox 2: Thomas strikes out looking, his second whiff of the night, this time on a 94 mile-per-hour heater. Linares flies out to right. Valencia rips one down the third base line for a double. It's the PawSox fourth hit of the night and third for extra-bases. Brentz with a lazy po-up to second ends the inning.
Top 6th, Knights 0, PawSox 2: Garcia rolls one down to second for the first out. Morel with an easier grounder for Stewart to handle from the hill. Loman grounds to first on the first pitch he sees. Very short inning for Stewart, his third 1-2-3 of the night.
Bottom 5th, Knights 0, PawSox 2: Spears grounds out to first base. Butler picks up his second hit of the game, a single through the box. He has both of Pawtucket's hits and is only a double and triple from the cycle. Hee lines out to right for the second out. Lin laces a double into the gap in right-center and Arnie Beyeler brings out the windmill to wave in Butler who scored all the way from first base. Butler has scored both PawSox runs. Hazelbaker takes one for a ride to left, but it is caught at the foot of the warning track for the third out.
Top 5th, Knights 0, PawSox 1: Mitchell ends Stewart's leadoff batter strikeout streak with a single to left-center. Sanchez flies out to center and while Hee had faked out Mitchell that a play was going on at second, Lin had plenty of time to double him off of first. Maybe too much time as Lin seemed to throw in a panic to Spears at first, bouncing it only a few feet from where he caught it. Luckily it was rolling fast enough to beat Mitchell back to first.
Short singles, but Golson grounds to third to end the inning.
Bottom 4th, Knights 0, PawSox 1: Linares swings at the first offering and hits a solid ground ball to short for an out. Valencia follows suit with a ground out to short of his own. Heck, even Bryce Brentz isn't immune to the magnet at shortstop named Carlos Sanchez. Shirek has retired all seven batters since allowing the HR to Butler.
Top 4th, Knights 0, PawSox 1: Morel Ks on a breaking ball by Stewart. He has struck out the first batter of all four innings so far. Garcia smacks on right back at Stewart who is ready for it, tosses to first for out number two. Phegley gets on via an infield single after rolling one to Valencia's left at third. Thompson ends the innings with a ground out to second. Stewart is working very quickly and has been very effective in doing so.
Bottom 3rd, Knights 0, PawSox 1: Che-Hsuan Lin lines out to right on the second pitch of the inning for out one. Hazelbaker strikes out and Thomas does the same to end the inning. Shirek looking solid except for the one bad pitch to Butler in the second. He has four Ks through three.
Top 3rd, Knights 0, PawSox 1: Jared Mitchell becomes the third leadoff hitter to whiff against Stewart. Carlos Sanchez is the first Knights batter to reach base with a solid base-knock up the middle. Short walks to put two runners on with one out. Golson lines one right at Lin in centerfield. Garcia flies out to right to end the threat.
Bottom 2nd, Knights 0, PawSox 1: Brentz takes one deep to right-center field but it is tracked down by Brandon Short just in front of the wall. Second ball hit to that part of the park by the PawSox tonight, winding blowing out.
Nate Spears goes down on three quick strikes.
Dan Butler gets the PawSox on the board first with a solo shot to left, over the bullpen. That was hit in the same spot where last night's three long balls went.
Jon Hee harmlessly grounds to second to end the inning.
Top 2nd, Knights 0, PawSox 0: Seth Loman goes down looking at strike three. Josh Phegley flies out to Hazelbaker for the second out. Trayce Thompson makes it six in a row with a slow rolling ground out to short. Stewart looks sharp through the first two innings.
Bottom 1st, Knights 0, PawSox 0: Jeremy Hazelbaker gets the start tonight against the right-handed Shirek, and reaches on a throwing error by Morel to lead off the inning. A wild pitch advances Hazelbaker to second. Tony Thomas gets some real good wood on an opposite field shot to left-center, but it is tracked down at the wall. Hazelbaker advances to third on the sac-fly. Linares grounds one to a drawn in Carlos Sanchez at shortstop who goes home with the ball to cut down Hazelbaker. Danny Valencia Ks to end the inning.
Top 1st, Knights 0, PawSox 0: The first pitch from Zach Stewart comes at 7:04 p.m. (we're leaving early tonight folks) and is fouled off by Greg Golson. Game time temps are 75 with winds out of south at 7-miles-per-hour.
Both Bryce Brentz and Dan Butler gaffe on foul pop-ups that were catchable off the bat of Golson, but Stewart gets him to chase at a strike three in the dirt for the first out of the game. Drew Garcia lofts one out to Lin in center for out number two and Brent Morel grounds out to third on the first pitch he sees to end the inning.
Pregame: With all due respect to those who play 45 minutes north of McCoy Stadium, the Pawtucket Red Sox are gearing up for the last meaningful baseball game of the 2012 season to be played in New England. The PawSox are hoping to head to Charlotte with a two game lead in their best-of-five series and a solid start by Zach Stewart will go a long way against an inexperienced Knights lineup, with six of the nine positional starters having only played in 36 or less games in Triple-A. Stay tunes for live updates all night long and you can also follow along with the streaming audio feed of the game here.
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