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ALLENTOWN, Pa. â€“ To Josh Reddick, it must seem as if the pitcher is throwing beach balls. The PawSox outfielder is that locked in at the plate.
Reddick continued his offensive tear Thursday night, victimizing Lehigh Valley for two home runs in Pawtucketâ€™s 11-8 triumph at Coca-Cola Park. He has now homered in four consecutive games as Reddick blasted his seventh and eighth round trippers at the expense of the IronPigs. Dating back to last season Reddick has amassed 18 home runs in 53 Triple-A contests.
Reddick wasnâ€™t the only member of the PawSox to go yard Thursday night. Yamaico Navarro, J.C. Linares and Hector Luna all went deep as Lehigh Valley starting pitcher Ryan Feierabend was roasted for 10 runs (nine earned) in 3 2/3 innings. All told Feierabend was victimized for four of Pawtucketâ€™s five home runs.
The PawSox â€“ now winners of 10 of their last 13 contests â€“ scored seven runs in the fourth on their way to storming out to a 10-0 lead. Reddick and Luna each homered in the frame while Drew Sutton added a run-scoring double.
Starter Felix Doubront breezed through his three innings of work as the PawSox continue to build up the leftyâ€™s arm strength. Doubront did not allow a hit as he threw 50 pitches with a walk and two strikeouts. Fellow southpaw Kris Johnson followed Doubront and proceeded to get tattooed for five runs on six hits in three innings. Clevelan Santeliz was charged with runs in an inning before Michael Bowden concluded matters with a run in two innings. Bowden was awarded the win, his first of 2011.
The road trip concludes Friday night as Alfredo Aceves gets the pitching nod for the PawSox against the IronPigsâ€™ Vance Worley (2-2, 2.78). Pawtucket will return to McCoy Stadium on Saturday for a four-game home stand against Toledo.