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July 10, 2007 at 6:35 AM

Masterson throws 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball in AA debut



7/10 Cup of Coffee: On the night the majors were holding their home run hitting derby, the AAA Leagues did not schedule any games thus Pawtucket was idle.

Portland blanked New Hampshire 5-0 behind the outstanding pitching of Justin Masterson(1-0). In his debut at AA, he threw 6 2/3 innings of no-hit scoreless baseball. He gave up 2 BB and had 9 Ks. Hunter Jones went 2 1/3 innings allowing 1 hit, which broke up the no-hitter attempt with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th. He did not walk anyone while fanning 2. Bubba Bell went 2 for 5 with a RBI. Jay Johnson went 3 for 5 and scored 2 runs. Jeff Natale went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. Andrew Pinckney went 2 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. Bryan Pritz went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI.

Lancaster edged Stockton 8-7. Jose Vaquedano started and went 2 scoreless, hitless innings. He gave up 1 BB and had 3 Ks. Kyle Fernandes (1-0) threw 3 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits. He did not allow a BB while striking out 2. Ismael Casillas went 2 1/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and a BB. He had 4 Ks. Chad Rhoades went 1 2/3 innings allowing 2 runs on 2 hits. He had 1 K. Steve Garrabrants went 2 for 4 with a home run. Mickey Hall went 2 for 4 with a home run, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. He is now hitting .325. Ryan Khoury went 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI.

Augusta edged Greenville 7-6. Daniel Bard went 5 innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits. He did not walk a hitter and had 2 Ks. Richie Lentz threw 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits. He had 2 Ks. Cody McAllister (0-1) took the loss giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and a BB in an inning of work. He had 2 Ks. Josh Papelbon went 1/3 of an inning and gave up 1 hit. Jon Still went 2 for 2 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Josh Redddick went 3 for 5 with a run scored and 2 RBI. He is now hitting .328.

Lowell bombed Mahoning Valley 10-2. Jimmy James (2-0) went 5 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits. He did not walk anyone while striking out 5. Brantley New threw 2 scoreless innings giving up 2 hits. Adam Blackley went 1 scoreless inning allowing 1 hit and 1 BB. He had 2 Ks. Eric Beattie pitched the 9th inning giving up 1 run on 1 hit and 2 BB. He had 3 Ks. Rafael Cabreja went 2 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBI. Brett Lewis went 3 for 6 with a run scored and a RBI. Ty Weeden went 2 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. Luis Segovia went 2 for 5 and scored a run. David Marks went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and a RBI.
In Gulf Coast League play, the Red Sox defeated the Reds 12-5. Jose Alvarez went 4 innings giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. He did not walk a hitter while fanning 4. Emilis Guerrero threw 4 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and a BB. He had 4 Ks. Chad Povich went an inning allowing a run on 2 hits and a BB. He had 1 K. Mitch Dening went 2 for 5 with a run scored and 4 RBI. Oscar Tejeda went 2 for 5 and scored 2 runs. Luis Sumoza went 2 for 5 with a run scored and 3 RBI. Victor Serrano went 2 for 4 and scored a run.
Player of the Night: Justin Masterson who in his AA debut pitched 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball allowing 2 BB. He had 9 Ks.