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April 12, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Almanzar helps Drive gain split in doubleheader


4/12 Cup of Coffee: Happy Easter everyone! Yesterday Pawtucket edged Buffalo 1-0 behind the pitching of Kris Johnson who threw 5 shutout innings while allowing 2 hits and a walk. He had 5 strikeouts. Marcus McBeth threw 2 shutout innings allowing 2 hits. He had 1 strikeout. Fernando Cabera pitched the final 2 innings. He did not allow a run on a hit and a walk. He fanned 4. Carlos Moldonado went 1 for 2 with a home run.

Connecticut defeated Portland 10-4. Travis Beazley went 4.1 frames giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. He had 3 strikeouts. Blake Maxwell went 1.2 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits. He had 1 strikeout. Chad Rhoades threw 1.1 innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and a base on balls. TJ Large threw the final 1.2 innings and did not allow a run on a hit and a walk. Josh Reddick continued to swing a hot bat going 2 for 5 with a home run and 2 runs scored. Aaron Bates went 2 for 4 and scored a run. Jorge Jimenez went 2 for 3 with a RBI.

Salem edged Frederick 6-5. Jose Capellen went 5 innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk.He fanned 1. Jose Alvarez went 2 frames giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk. He had 1 strikeout. Chad Povich pitched a perfect final 2 innings fanning 4. Luis Exposito went 1 for 1 along with 3 base on balls. He scored a run. Jason Place went 1 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI.

Greenville split a doubleheader with Greensboro. The Drive lost 6-1 in the first game. Hunter Strickland threw 4.2 innings allowing 6 runs on 9 hits. He had 2 strikeouts. Armando Zerpa went the final 1.1 frames and did not allow a hit. He gave up 1 walk and struck out 2. Mitch Dening went 2 for 3 with a RBI. In the seond contest, the Drive came back to earn a 8-3 win. Bryan Price threw 5 innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits and a walk. He had 5 strikeouts. Lance McClain went 1 inning giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk. He fanned 2. Mitch Herold threw a clean final inning recording 2 strikeouts. Ryan Dent went 3 for 4 and scored 2 runs while driving in another. Michael Almanzar went 2 for 3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.

Player of the Night: Michael Almanzar who had 2 hits which produced a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI