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August 24, 2009 at 5:48 AM

Alvarez wins 7th game of season, ties Spinner record

8/24 Cup of Coffee: Highly touted Phillie prospect Joe Suarez notched his 15th win of the year, 3 of which have come at the Triple-A level, as Lehigh Valley downed Pawtucket 4-2. Billy Traber (7-6) started and took the loss, going 4.2 innings and allowing 3 runs on 8 hits. The PawSox managed 6 hits in the game, with Jeff Bailey going 2 for 4. Pawtucket has now lost 38 of its last 49 games.

Jorge Jimenez's single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Portland a 3-2 walkoff win over Harrisburg. Blake Maxwell started and went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks. Tommy Hottovy and Andrew Dobies held the Senators scoreless for the next 3.2 innings. Bryce Cox (1-5) entered the game and held Harrisburg scoreless for the final 1.1 frames and earned the win. Jimenez went 2 for 5 with a RBI and Luis Exposito went 3 for 4 with a home run. In 57 at bats with the Sea Dogs, he is hitting .351.

Salem split a doubleheader with Potomac on Sunday. In the first game, Chih-Hsien Chiang hit a three-run homer in the 6th inning to provide the margin of victory in a 3-1 win over the Nationals. Seth Garrison (8-10) started and got the win, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing 1 run on 3 hits. Derrick Loop recorded the final 4 outs to earn his 16th save, which ties him for second-most in the Carolina League. In the second contest, Potomac scored 7 runs in the 2nd inning en route to a 14-2 hammering of the Sox. Salem scored twice in the 7th inning to avoid a shutout. Jose Capellan (5-3) lasted 3 innings, giving up 10 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 3. Jason Blackey also had a rough outing, giving up 4 runs in 2 innings of work.

Trailing by a run going into the bottom of the 4th inning, West Virginia scored 3 times and went on to a 4-1 victory over Greenville. Caleb Clay (4-6) started and took the loss, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits in 5 innings of work. He struck out 5. Michael Lee pitched the final 3 frames allowing a run on a hit and 2 walks. Oscar Tejeda went 2 for 4 and Ryan Lavarnway went 1 for 3 with a home run.

Lowell scored 4 runs in the top of the first and went on to a 12-2 win over Oneonta. Jose Alvarez (7-3) turned in a strong performance and picked up his 7th win, tying a franchise record for wins in a season. He went 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits. He did not allow a walk and had 8 strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 1.54. Wilfred Pichardo went 2 for 3 and scored 4 runs. He extended his hitting streak to 9 games. Michael Almanzar went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI. The Spinners now hold a 2-game lead in the Stedler Division.

In the Gulf Coast League, the Reds downed the Red Sox 2-1. Manuel Rivera (1-3) took the loss, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings of work. He struck out 4. Kyle Stroup and Dustin Mercadante held the Reds scoreless for the remainder of the game. Jose Garcia went 1 for 3, hitting a home run in the bottom of the 8th inning to bring the Red Sox within 1. The Red Sox had 2 on with 1 out in the bottom of the ninth, but could not complete the comeback.

Player of the Night: Jose Alvarez, who picked up his 7th win to tie a Lowell record for victories in a season.