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September 2, 2009 at 6:37 AM

Despite loss, Spinners' magic number now stands at 1

9/2 Cup of Coffee: Lehigh Valley edged Pawtucket, 3-2. The PawSox trailed by 3 in the 8th inning when Bubba Bell tripled home 2 runs. He, however, was left stranded on third when Mark Wagner flied out. Adam Mills (1-2) started and took the loss, giving up 3 runs, only 1 of which was earned, on 7 hits and a walk in 4 innings. Bubba Bell had 2 hits in the game.

Trailing 10-3 in the 9th, Portland scored 3 runs and had the tying run at the plate. The rally, however, ended there, as the Sea Dogs lost 10-6 to Trenton. The loss eliminated Portland from playoff contention. Ryne Lawson (3-12) started and gave up 6 runs, 4 of them earned, on 7 hits and 4 walks. Josh Papelbon made his first appearance in AA and gave up 4 runs, 2 earned, on 4 hits and a walk in 2 innings of work. The Sea Dogs committed 4 errors in the game, with 3 of them charged to Lars Anderson. Ryan Kalish went 3 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Daniel Nava, Jason Place, Iggy Suarez, and Anderson each had 2 hits in the game. Portland actually out-hit Trenton 15-12. Tonight, the Sea Dogs will announce Mark Kotsay as their newest inductee to their Hall of Fame.

Salem split a doubleheader with Winston-Salem to finish the evening in a tie for the Carolina League Southern Division's Wild Card. In the first game, the Red Sox edged the Dash 3-2. Eammon Portice (8-7) got the win, going 6 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 9. Che-Hsuan Lin went 4 for 4 with 3 doubles and a run scored. In the second contest, Winston-Salem scored 3 times in the 1st inning and 3 more in the 6th to down Salem, 6-1. Jose Capellan (6-4) took the loss, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 3 innings of work. Salem managed just 1 hit in the game, a double by Ryan Dent.

Greenville, despite being out-hit, blanked Bowling Green, 3-0. It was the Drive's 12th shutout of the season. Brock Huntzinger (9-9) threw 5 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks. Mitch Herold and Kyle Rutter each tossed a pair of scoreless innings in relief to finish the shutout. Pete Hissey and Will Middlebrooks each had an RBI in the game.

Even though Brooklyn defeated Lowell, 4-1, the Spinners' magic number was reduced to 1 thanks to Oneonta's loss. With the score knotted at 1, the Cyclones scored once in the 4th inning and twice more in the 8th to give them their margin of victory. After Drake Britton allowed his first run of the season in his one inning of work, Ryan Pressly (6-4) entered in the 2nd inning and gave up a run on 3 hits and 3 walks to take the loss. He struck out 5. Derrik Gibson went 2 for 4 with a RBI. One of his hits was a triple. Wilfred Pichardo stole his 27th base of the year, tying him with Gibson and Hudson Valley's Christopher Murrill for the New York-Penn League lead. A night after honoring Jim Rice, the Spinners retired the number of Johnny Pesky before last night's game.

Player of the Night: Che-Hsuan Lin, who went 4 for 4 with 3 doubles.