Triple-A affiliate Rochester Red Wings win big, extend playoff run
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MINNEAPOLIS -- With a 9-1 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings have forced a pivotal game five in the International League playoffs in the quest for the Governor's Cup.
That game is slated for Sunday at 1:05 EST in Pawtucket. The projected starter for the Red Wings is Virgil Vasquez (7-10, 3.96 ERA between Double-A New Britain and the Red Wings).
Scott Diamond pitched great Saturday night as the Red Wings faced elimination. Diamond went seven shutout innings, fanning eight and walking none while allowing just seven hits. A.J. Achter pitched the final two innings, and wriggled out of a jam in the ninth to preserve the win.
Every Red Wings starter had at least one hit, with Jeff Clement and Deibinson Romero tallying three knocks apiece to lead the 14-hit barrage. That balanced offensive attack is what knocked PawSox starter Matt Barnes -- a top-40 prospect via MLB.com and Baseball America prior to this season -- out after just four-plus innings.
The winner will move on to face the Durham Bulls (the Rays' Triple-A affiliate) for the International League crown. The winner of that series will advance and face the Pacific Coast League champion for the Gildan Triple-A National Championship, which will be hosted by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies).
Games can be followed via the GameDay tracker on the MiLB.com website.