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August 29, 2009 at 6:31 AM

Lavarnway homers twice in Drive win

8/29 Cup of Coffee: On Friday, both Pawtucket and the Gulf Coast Red Sox saw their games wiped out by bad weather.

In the Eastern League, New Hampshire downed Portland 6-2. Blake Maxwell (5-8) took the loss giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 2. Richie Lentz pitched 2 scoreless, hitless innings. Derrick Loop threw a 1-2-3 9th. Daniel Nava scored both Sea Dog runs. He scored in the first on a RBI single by Lars Anderson and again in the 8th on a Jorge Jimenez single. Daniel Nava went 1 for 2 in the game with 2 walks. After 21 games in AA, he is hitting .413 and has a OBP of .511.

The Salem Red Sox split a doubleheader with Wilmington. The Red Sox lost the first game 3-0. Wilmington scored 3 runs in the 4th inning on 2 doubles and 3 singles. Seth Garrison (8-11) threw 7 innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits. He did not give up a walk and fanned 3. Kyle Fernandes pitched 2 scoreless frames. Che-Hsuan Lin went 2 for 4. Salem came back to take the second contest 1-0. The only run in the game came in the bottom of the 4th when with 1 out, Brad Correll reached second on a 2 base error by Wilmington right fielder Nick Van Stratten. Correll then scored on a single by Jered Stanley. The Blue Rocks staged a mild threat in the 9th inning when Jason Blackey walked a batter and hit another. He then induced the next hitter to hit into a game ending double play. Jose Cappellan (6-3) picked up the win throwing 5 scoreless innings allowing 5 hits and a walk. He fanned 3. Zack Borowiak went 2 for 2 in the game.

Ryan Lavarnway's 2 home runs and 4 RBI led Greenville to a 7-5 win over Kannapolis. He now leads the Drive in home runs this season with 19. That is the third most in team history, just 2 behind the record shared by Jon Still and John Otness. Caleb Clay (5-6) turned in a strong performance to earn the win. He allowed just 2 runs on 3 hits over 5 innings. Will Middlebrooks extended his hitting streak to 13 games going 1 for 2. Pete Hissey went 2 for 4 to extend his streak to 10 games. Zach Gentile and Oscar Tejeda each had 2 hits in the game. The Lowell Sun is reporting that Manager Gary DiSarsina said that Westmoreland had messed up his left collarbone.

Hudson Valley scored 2 runs in the top of the 8th inning to stage a come from behind 4-3 win over Lowell. Jose Alvarez was in line for his record setting team win when he left the game after going 6 innings allowing just 2 runs on 7 hits. He fanned 7. Michael Bugary (2-1) entered in the 7th and in the inning Ryan Westmoreland made a great catch to preserve the lead. Unfortunately, Westmoreland broke his collarbone running into a wall in the outfield later in the game. He will miss the remainder of hte season and the Fall Instuctional League, but should be good to go for 2010 spring training. In the 8th inning, Hudson Valley scored 3 times on a combination of 2 singles, 2 sacrifice bunts and an error off Bugary and Dennis Neuman to take the lead. Wilfred Pichardo, Drew Hedman and Ken Roque each had 2 hits in the game.

Plyer of the Night: Ryan Lavarnway who had 2 home runs and 4 RBI in the Drive win