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September 5, 2009 at 7:00 AM

Kalish hits walkoff homer in 14th to give Dogs win


9/5 Cup of Coffee: There was a capacity crowd of over 11,000 at McCoy Stadium Friday night to watch Daisuke Matsuzaka make his third rehab start. He threw 4.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk, and struck out 3. The score was tied, 2-2, when he exited. Syracuse pulled ahead 4-2 in the 7th inning, but Mark Wagner responded with a home run in the bottom half of the inning to narrow the margin to one. The Chiefs broke the game open in the ninth, scoring 3 runs to give them a 7-3 win. Marcus McBeth (2-3) was charged with the loss, giving up 1 run over 1.2 innings of work. Wagner went 2 for 5 with a home run and 2 RBI. Dusty Brown and Bubba Bell each had 2 hits in the game.

With the Sea Dogs trailing by 1 run in the bottom of the 8th, Jorge Jimenez doubled and scored on Juan Apodaca's single to tie the game. Six innings later, in the bottom of the 14th, Ryan Kalish hit a 2-out, walkoff homer to give Portland a 3-2 win over New Hampshire. It was his 12th homer for Portland and 17th overall in the 2009 season. Josh Papelbon (1-0) earned his first win at the AA level, throwing 3 scoreless, hitless innings. He walked 2 while striking out 3.

Salem downed Lynchburg, 3-2, and took a 1-game lead for the Carolina League Southern Division Wild Card with 3 games left. The Red Sox trailed 2-0 after just an inning and a half, but responded with runs in the 2nd, 5th and 7th innings to pull out the win. Mike Jones' single in the 7th inning drove in Jonathan Hee with what proved to be the winning run. Derrick Loop, returned from Portland, gave up 2 singles and had runners on first and third before getting the final out of the game and earning his 17th save of the year. Kyle Weiland (7-9) got the win, going 7 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk and struck out 3. Jones, Zach Borowiak and Chih-Hsien Chiang all had 2 hits in the game.

Asheville blanked Greenville, 4-0. The win gave the Tourists the second-half crown in the Division, setting up a first-round match-up between the Drive and Tourists in the first round of the SAL playoffs. Fabian Williamson (10-5) took the loss, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks in 5 innings of work. He struck out 5. Shannon Wilkerson went 2 for 4 with a double.

Lowell added one more win to their franchise record total with an 8-2 rout of Brooklyn. The Spinners scored 7 runs in the top of the 7th to break open the contest, a rally that was capped off with a 3-run homer by Christian Vazquez. Wilfred Pichardo stole his 32nd base of the season. He also had 2 hits. Derrik Gibson stole his 28th base of the year. Pedro Perez (2-5) earned the victory throwing 6 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits and 2 walks. He fanned 6. He was not fazed by Met Carlos Beltran, who went 0 for 3 in a rehab start for the Cyclones.

Player of the Night: Ryan Kalish, who hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 14th inning to give the Sea Dogs a 3-2 win