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September 10, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Loss brings Pawtucket one game away from elimination as Brandon Moss gets his revenge

Cup of Coffee 9/10: The Pawtucket Red Sox fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) 3-2 in 10 innings, and are now down two games in the series. They need to win three consecutive games to move on to face the Columbus Clippers (CLE) for the International League title.

The PawSox got out to an early lead as Lars Anderson doubled home Jose Iglesias in the bottom of the first. The lead would not last long however as Brandon Moss, a former Red Sox player who was sent to Pittsburgh in the Jason Bay trade, hit a solo home run to dead center in the bottom of the 2nd to tie the game at 1. In the bottom of the 3rd, Moss delivered again as he hit an RBI double to give the IronPigs a 2-1 lead. That score held until the 8th when Daniel Nava doubled home Che-Hsuan Lin to tie the game at 2. With Nava in scoring position and only one out, the PawSox were in a great position to take the lead, but pitcher Phillippe Aumont struck out Lars Anderson and got Hector Luna to ground out to end the threat. In the bottom of the 10th, the IronPigs got a runner to third thanks to a single and 2 sacrifice bunts. With 2 outs and first base open, pitcher Randy Williams intentionally walked Kevin Frandsen to set up a lefty-lefty mathup with Brandon Moss. Moss made him pay as he lined a single to center to drive in the winning run and push Pawtucket one step closer to elimination. Tony Pena Jr. got the start for the PawSox, and he allowed 2 runs on 6 hits in 4.2 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 4. Hideki Okajima relieved him, throwing 1.0 inning allowing no hits and striking out 2. Junichi Tazawa followed Okajima, tossing 1.2 innings whilecallowing 0 hits and striking out 3. Randy Williams got the loss throwing 1.2 innings and allowing the game winning run. Game 3 of the series will be played tonight (9/10) at 6:05PM in Pawtucket.