Three hits by Brandon Moss including a walkoff RBI single led the way to a 3-2 victory in ten innings for Lehigh Valley, giving the ‘Pigs a 2-0 series lead. Moss, who is now 5-7 with 2 homers in the series has been dominating Pawtucket pitching.
Pawtucket jumped out on Lehigh Valley with a run in the first inning on an RBI double by Lars Anderson. Brandon Moss answered with a long homerun to dead center to tie the game at one in the 2nd. When Moss came up again in the third, he broke the tie when he laced an RBI double, scoring Scott Podsednik who had walked.
‘Pigs starter Ryan Edell was very effective once again, going 5.2 innings, giving up just a run on 3 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 3. Edell gave way to Mike Zagurski who got out of a tough spot in the 6th, inducing a Lars Anderson ground out with two men on. A huge mental error (and physical error) by Tagg Bozied cost the ‘Pigs in the 8th, when Che Lin attempted a bunt for a base hit, Bozied attempted to tag Lin, rather than run to the bag and Lin got under the tag, allowing the PawSox a leadoff baserunner. Lin went to second on a wild pitch by Phillipe Aumont, was sacrificed t0 third, and scored on an RBI double by Daniel Nava to tie the game in the 8th inning. Justin DeFratus came in to pitch the ninth and tenth for Lehigh Valley and was exceptional, striking out 5 of the 6 hitters he faced to earn the win, in relief of Aumont.
Notes: The series goes to Pawtucket for the next three, with Brian Bass, Scott Mathieson, and Nate Bump the scheduled starters. Lehigh Valley needs just one victory to clinch the best of five series. The winner of this series will face Columbus, who completed their series sweep of Durham.