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August 6, 2005 at 2:28 AM

8/6 Cup of Coffee

Nothing like a late-night cup o' joe to get the juices flowing. Unfortunately, it seems as if the PawSox have been drinking decaf as of late. It was another tough night for Ron Johnson & Co. as they were swept by Syracuse in the series finale, 3-2 at P & C Stadium. Lenny Dinardo got the loss, despite going seven innings and allowing only two runs. Jonathan Papelbon made his relief debut, fanning two in a scoreless eighth. Kevin Youkilis went 3 for 4 on the night, with a home run and a pair of ribbies. Portland and Binghamton split their doubleheader, as the B-Mets took Game 1 by a score of 2-1. The only thing losing pitcher Denney Tomori lacked was run support, as he allowed only two runs in his six innings of work. David Murphy went 2 for 3 with a double while scoring Portland's lone run of Game 1. Game 2 was another story, as the Sea Dogs trounced the Mets 7-0 on a tremendous outing by knuckleballer Charlie Zink. Zink went seven strong, allowing only four hits in his complete game effort. Jim Buckley went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, while Jeremy West went 2 for 4 with a home run and three bases knocked. Wilmington held off the Potomac's comeback attempt in the ninth to clinch the win, 7-6. Zach Borowiak led the charge with his 2 for 3 night, which included a home run and a couple of runs batted in. Travis Rios came on in the fifth to earn the win, despite Justin Sturge's shaky ninth in which the Nationals scored three to inch within a run of the Rocks. Greenville's bullpen disappointed again, as the Bombers lost a heartbreaker to Charleston, 3-2. Gary Galvez's six-inning, four-hit effort was spoiled by the bullpen, as the Riverdogs edged the Bombers in the bottom of the ninth to win. Despite the loss, Jeff Corsaletti continues to murder Sally League pitching, as he went 3 for 4 on the night, boosting his season average to .370. Lowell shutout Williamsport 4-0 last night, as Adam Blackley struck out ten in his six innings of work en route to his fourth victory of the season. Luis Soto went 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs as he paced the Spin to their win over the Crosscutters. Not to be outdone by their low-A brother, the GCL Red Sox also shut out their opponent, the GCL Reds 4-0, as well. The ghost of El Guapo emerged, as Rich Garces went the first inning and promptly retired all three batters he faced. Moises Santa went 3 for 4 while scoring two runs, helping the Sox in their victory over the Reds.

Player of the Night: It's a tough one, but I have to give it to Charlie Zink. Zink pitched a heckuva game for Portland in Game 2 of their doubleheader, going the maximum seven innings while giving up only four hits (all singles) and striking out five.