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April 18, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Tejeda scores 4 runs in Greenville win

4/18 Cup of Coffee:

After eight games on the road to start the season, the Pawtucket Red Sox dropped their home opener to Lehigh Valley by a score of 4-3. Starting on three days' rest in place of the injured Clay Buchholz, knuckleballer Charlie Zink (0-2) took the loss, giving up 4 earned runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 6.0 innings, striking out 2. Billy Traber finished the game, firing 3.0 scoreless innings giving up only 1 hit while striking out 3 Iron Pigs. Jeff Bailey went 3 for 4 at the plate, launching his fourth home run of the young season in the third inning. Zach Daeges had a nice night as well, going 2 for 4 with a double.

In the team's first road contest of 2009, the Portland Sea Dogs emerged victorious, doubling up Binghamton 8-4. Blake Maxwell started for Portland, throwing 3.0 innings and giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits. He struck out 4 and did not walk a batter. Lefthander Dustin Richardson (2-0) followed Maxwell to the mound and earned the win, giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits and a walk in 3.0 innings, striking out 3. Chad Rhoades and TJ Large finished the game for the Sea Dogs. Bubba Bell went 2 for 5 at the plate with a double and a run scored, and Mark Wagner also went 2 for 5, including his second home run of the season. Lars Anderson went 1 for 3 with a home run of his own and 2 runs scored, while Ryan Khoury drove in 3 with a bases-loaded double in the third.

Despite a tough day on Thursday, Salem bounced back to earn a 5-4 victory over Frederick in Carolina League action last night. Jose Capellan (1-0) earned the win, firing 5.1 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 7 hits and a walk, striking out 4. Kyle Fernandes pitched the next 2.2 innings, giving up 1 earned run on 2 hits, striking out 4. Jason Blackey slammed the door with a scoreless ninth, striking out 1 to earn the save. Batting third and serving as the team's designated hitter, Ryan Kalish went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, a walk and 2 runs scored. Thirdbaseman Zak Farkes went 2 for 2 at the plate with 2 walks and a steal, while Jason Place launched his first home run of the season, a 3-run shot in the third inning. He now has 10 RBI on the young season.

In an impressive all-around performance, the Greenville Drive blanked Greensboro, 9-0. Casey Kelly (2-0) was impressive once again in his second start of the season, scattering 4 hits and a walk in 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out 4. Caleb Clay pitched the final 4.0 innings, giving up 3 hits and a walk while striking out 2. The Drive pounded out 12 hits on the evening, with David Mailman and Anthony Rizzo each going 2 for 5. Ryan Lavarnway, serving as the team's DH, drove in 2 with a triple in the first, while Michael Almanzar hit his second home run of the year in the fourth. But the hitting star of the night was Oscar Tejeda, who went 3 for 4 with a walk, a triple, a home run, and 4 runs scored.

Player of the Night: Oscar Tejeda, who went 3 for 4 with a triple, a home run, and 4 runs scored in a 9-0 Greenville win.