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August 4, 2006 at 10:25 AM

8/4 Cup of Coffee

The Red Sox minor league system had a better day yesterday, splitting their six games all the way down south from Sarasota up north to Lowell. The Paw Sox were victims of a 12-3 drubbing at the hands of Syracuse, and there were very few bright spots. However, one of these bright spots was former Red Sox closer Keith Foulke, who struck out two in his lone inning work. Continuing the lackluster performance of the upper levels of the Red Sox system, Portland fell again to Erie, this time by a 5-2 margin. Brandon Moss was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run, while Andrew Dobies pitched somewhat effectively in his first AA start. Dobies went five innigns, giving up seven hits and three runs, while striking out three. Wilmington won a tight contest at home versus the Potomac Nationals, getting one run in both the eighth and ninth innings to win 5-4. Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, including a walk-off single. John Otness and Jeff Natale each had two hits as well for the victors from Delaware. Matt Goodson got the start for the Blue Rocks, going just 4 2/3 innings, giving up just two runs while striking out six. The Drive cruised to a 7-1 win, with Clay Buchholz starting and picking up his seventh win. Mitch Stachowsky led the way for Greenville, as he was 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI. Mickey Hall continues to hit well in his second tour of the South Atlantic League, going 2-for-5 with two doubles. Aaron Bates went 2-for-4 to continue the offensive highlights for the South Carolina club. Buchholz just needed to put together a decent start for Greenville, and he did more than that, going 5 2/3 innings and striking out nine, allowing just one run. The Spinners lost 5-4 to Hudson Valley, with Jon Still picking up his second home run of the year. Zak Farkes had two hits, one of them a double, and both scored a run and drove in one. Lowell closer JoshPapelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out two in the losing effort. In a shortened seven-inning game, the GCL Red Sox shutout the GCL Reds by a score of 4-0. Ground balls abounded for the Red Sox infield, as of the 13 outs in play, 11 of them came on the ground. Ryan Colvin started for the good guys, going two innings and allowing three hits, striking out one. Jose Capellan went the last five innings, striking out six, while allowing just one hit. Capellan improved to 2-0 on the year with his performance. Mike Jones was 2-for-4 with a double to lead the offense.

Player of the Day: Jed Lowrie, for his walkoff hit against Potomac (along with a 2-for-4 day). Honorable mention goes to both Jose Capellan and Mitch Stachowsky, both of whom could easily deserve this award on a normal day in the Red Sox system.