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September 8, 2009 at 5:26 AM

Correll's double sends Salem to playoffs

9/8 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket fell 5-3 to Syracuse in its season finale. TJ Large (3-4) entered the game in the 8th inning and promptly gave up the lead, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. That spoiled the good start of Enrique Gonzalez, who had given up 2 runs in 5 innings of work. Chris Carter went 3 for 4 and finished the season with a team-high batting average of .294. The PawSox finished the season with a 61-82 record, which saw them finish in 5th place in the IL North.

Portland ended their season on a winning note, downing New Hampshire, 12-4. The offense pounded out 15 hits in the game. Four of those were home runs, with Ryan Kalish and Juan Apodaca each hitting single blasts. Jon Still had 2 homers. Daniel Nava, Jorge Jimenez and Still each had 3 hits in the game. Blake Maxwell (7-8) got the win, going 6 innings. He gave up 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk, and struck out 7. The Sea Dogs finished the season with a 67-74 record, which left them in 4th place in the EL Northern Division.

Salem edged Lynchburg, 6-5, to capture a playoff spot. Trailing 5-1, the Red Sox scored 2 runs in the 7th and 2 more in the 8th to tie the game. In the 9th, Ryan Dent doubled and with 2 out scored on a Brad Correll double to provide the winning run. Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 4 with a home run. Correll went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Tim Federowicz had 2 doubles, a run scored and 2 RBI. Robert Coello (5-3) got the win, throwing 2 scoreless innings of relief. He gave up 1 hit and had 3 strikeouts. Salem starts its best-of-five playoff on Wednesday in Winston-Salem. The rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka will get the start in game one.

Greenville ended its regular season with a 5-1 win over Asheville. Caleb Clay (6-7) started and got the win, going 5 innings. He gave up 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks and struck out 4. Tom Di Benedetto had 2 doubles and scored a run. Michael Thomas hit his 4th home run of the season. The Drive finished the 2nd half of the season with a record of 34-36, which put them in fourth place. They made the playoffs by way of their first half division win, and begin a best-of-three series with Asheville on Wednesday.

Lowell did not play on Monday, and begins its best-of-three series with Staten Island tonight. Jose Alvarez gets the start in game one for the Spinners. The teams split the six games they played this season.

Player of the Night: Brad Correll, who went 2 for 4 with a run scored and had the game-winning RBI as the Salem Red Sox clinched a playoff bid.