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June 25, 2009 at 6:45 AM

Mendez has strong start in Gulf Coast opener


6/25 Cup of Coffee: Action on Wednesday saw Norfolk defeat Pawtucket 4-2. Michael Bowden threw 6 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and a walk. He had 6 strikeouts. Rocky Cherry tossed 1.2 frames giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. He had 2 strikeouts. Javier Lopez got the last out but not before giving up a run on 2 hits. He fanned 1. The offense produced 6 hits spread out among 6 different players.

Connecticut edged Portland 3-2 in 13 innings. Jarod Plummer pitched 6 innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out 8. Dustin Richardson threw 2 scoreless innings allowing a hit and a walk. TJ Large pitched 2 innings giving up s run on a hit. He fanned 1. Chad Rhoades threw 2.1 frames giving up a run on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out 2. Jorge Jimenez went 3 for 5 with a run scored. Argenis Diaz went 2 for 6.

Oneonta blanked Lowell 3-0. Yeiper Castillo went 5 innings giving up a run on a hit and 3 walks. He fanned 6. Chad Povich threw an inning allowing a run on a hit and 2 walks. He had a strikeout. Jeremiah Bayer pitched a scoreless inning allowing a hit. He had a strikeout. Dennis Neuman tossed the final 2 frames giving up a run. He did not allow a hit but gave up a walk. He struck out 4. The Spinners managed just 3 hits in the game.

In their Gulf Coast League opener, the Red Sox edged the Reds 6-5. Roman Mendez went 5 innings giving up a run on 2 hits. He fanned 5. Pete Ruiz threw 2 innings giving up 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out 3. Charlie Rosario pitched 2 scoreless innings giving up 1 hit. He had 4 strikeouts. Ivan Ochoa went 2 for 3. Seth Schwindenhammer went 2 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. Ken Roque went 2 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI.

Player of the Night: Roman Mendez who allowed 1 run on 2 hits over 5 innings of work. He did not allow a walk and had 5 strikeouts.