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Salem Red Sox win Mills Cup

Posted by Craig Forde  September 10, 2013 10:20 PM

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for SalemSoxlogo.gifThe Salem Red Sox, Boston’s Class-A Advanced affiliate, completed a three game sweep of the Potomac Nationals and captured the Mills Cup with a 6-4 win on Tuesday.

It is the team’s first Carolina League Championship since becoming an affiliate of the Red Sox back in 2009 and the fifth overall title for Salem.

Sean Coyle, who returned to the team after missing their first round series with an elbow injury, was named the series MVP, capping a three game run in with a 2-for-3, 4 RBI night in Tuesday’s game. Coyle, who also missed time this season with knee and thumb injuries, hit .417 with 3 doubles and 7 RBIs in the playoffs.

Second baseman Mookie Betts was also sensational in the Mills Cup.jpgpostseason, hitting .412 and driving in 8 as he finished his breakout season with a 35-game on-base streak.

William Cuevas picked up the win in the clincher, going 6 innings and allowing just 2 earned runs on 6 hits and walk. David Chester and Nick Natoli each had two hits apiece in the win.

The Red Sox finished their magical run with ten straight wins, including five straight over two playoff series to become the second Red Sox affiliate in as many years to win a league title, following the PawSox 2012 Governors’ Cup Championship run.

Pawtucket is looking to make it three titles for the Sox farm as they attempt to defend their title versus Durham in the International League Championship series, of which they took a 1-0 game lead with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night.

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