The Single A Salem Red Sox won the Carolina League title Tuesday, finishing off a three-game sweep of the Potomac Nationals with a 6-4 win.
Salem finished the season with 11 wins in a row. Sean Coyle returned from injury and was the series MVP. Read more from Craig Forde on the On Deck blog.
Meanwhile Triple A Pawtucket scored two runs in the eighth inning to beat Durham, 2-1, in the first game of the best-of-five Governors’ Cup series in the International League.
Brock Holt had a two-run single. Anthony Ranaudo went six innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out four. Alex Wilson, Ryan Rowland-Smith, and Anthony Carter each pitched an inning.
Holt and Jeremy Hazelbaker made big defensive plays in the eighth inning to preserve the lead. Durham then left the bases loaded in the ninth.
The Paw Sox will play Game 2 Wednesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Game 3 will be Friday at 7:05 p.m. at McCoy Stadium. If necessary, Game 4 would be Saturday at 6:05 p.m. and Game 5 Sunday at 1:05 p.m., both at McCoy. Pawtucket is the defending league champion.
Tickets for all possible playoff games at McCoy are on sale at the stadium box office. Fans also can charge tickets by calling (401) 724-7300 or going to www.pawsox.com.