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September 3, 2009 at 6:21 AM

Lowell captures 1st place in Stedler Division


9/3 Cup of Coffee: Leading 7-2 going into the 9th inning, Pawtucket gave up 4 runs but held on to edge Rochester, 7-6. The game ended with the Red Wings having the tying run on third and the lead run on second. Fernando Cabrera struck out Rochester DH Matt Tolbert to end the game. It was his 22nd save of the season. Enrique Gonzalez (8-11) started and got credit for the win, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits in 6 innings of work. Jeff Natale went 3 for 4 and scored a run. Chris Carter went 2 for 3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 4 RBI.

Portland scored 4 times in the bottom of the 6th inning to overcome a 3-1 deficit, and went on
to a 5-3 win over Trenton. Ryan Khoury led off the 6th with a bunt single, Daniel Nava walked and both scored on Ryan Kalish's triple. Jorge Jimenez singled driving in Kalish, and then took second on an error. Jon Still was then walked intentionally. Lars Anderson then grounded into a forceout at second. With runners now at first and third, Juan Apodaca grounded into a forceout scoring Jimenez with the 4th run of the inning. Blake Maxwell (6-8) started and went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks to earn the win.

Salem
downed Winston-Salem, 9-5. Stephen Fife (3-2) threw 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk. He struck out 5. The Red Sox out-hit the Dash 14-8 in the contest. Will Vazquez led the attack, going 3 for 4 with a home run and 5 RBI. Anthony Rizzo, Brad Correll and Zach Borowiak each had 2 hits in the game.

Bowling Green
defeated Greenville, 7-3. Caleb Clay (5-7) took the loss giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks over 2 innings, fanning 2. Casey Kelly led the offense, going 2 for 5 with a RBI. The Drive defense committed 4 errors in the game, with Kelly contributing 2 of them, giving him 10 on the season.

Lowell clinched first place in the Stedler Division for the 2nd straight year
with a 13-0 hammering of their division rivals, Oneonta. Jose Alvarez pitched a complete game shutout, allowing 5 hits and a walk. It was his 8th win of the season, which set the Spinners' single-season record. He also leads the NY-Penn League with an ERA of 1.52. Derrik Gibson, Chris McGuinness, and Ken Roque each had 3 hits in the game. Gibson reached base 5 times in the game and scored 3 times, setting the franchise record for runs scored at 53, which also leads the League. Wilfred Pichardo stole his 28th base, tying the franchise record. In game two, Lowell completed the sweep, downing the Tigers, 6-2. The win tied the Spinners' record for most wins in a season at 42. Pichardo swiped 3 more bases, giving him a franchise single-season record total of 31. Alex Wilson started and threw 3 scoreless, 1-hit innings. Tom Ebert (3-0) got credit for the win, despite giving up 2 runs in 2 innings of work. Willie Holmes led the offense, going 3 for 3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.

Player of the Night:
Jose Alvarez, who pitched a complete game shutout, giving the Spinners the Stedler Division title.