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August 11, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Moanaroa collects 4 hits in GCL Sox loss

It was a light day of action for Sox affiliates, as Portland, Salem, and Lowell were idle on Monday. After blowing a 4-run lead in the eighth inning and subsequently re-tying the score in the ninth, Pawtucket went on to win a thriller over Charlotte, 6-5 in twelve innings. Chris Duncan, who went 1 for 6, led off the twelfth with a double and scored with 2 outs on a passed ball by Knights catcher Tyler Flowers. Aaron Bates, though, was the offensive star for the Red Sox, going 2 for 5 with a walk, a home run and 3 RBI. Mark Wagner also went 2 for 5, including a double and an RBI, and Chris Carter went 2 for 4 with 2 walks. Bubba Bell, who replaced the rehabbing Jeff Bailey in the bottom of the eighth, went 2 for 2 with a double and a triple, and Brian Anderson, making his first start against his former team, went 2 for 6. On the mound, it was another strong performance for stop-gap starter Randor Bierd, who went 5.1 scoreless innings yielding only 3 hits, striking out 5. Hunter Jones went the next 1.2 innings but ran into major trouble in the eighth. He ended up being charged with 5 runs on 4 hits and a walk. Marcus McBeth, Javier Lopez, and TJ Large went the next 5.0 scoreless innings to close it out, with Large (3-1) doing 2.1 innings of that work to earn the win.

Bowling Green scored early and late to take an 8-4 victory over Greenville. Fabian Williamson (8-4) was tagged with the loss, going 5.0 innings allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk, striking out 4. Lance McClain was a bit more effective on this night, tossing 2.0 frame while allowing 1 run on 4 hits, striking out 2, but Chad Povich couldn't keep the Drive in the game as he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in just 1.0 inning of work. Mitch Dening continued to swing a hot stick for Greenville, going 2 for 3 with a walk, a double, 2 RBI and a run scored. Pete Hissey had nearly an identical line, going 2 for 3 with a walk, a double, and a run scored. Both men also stole a base, as did Zach Gentile (1 for 4) and Ryan Lavarnway (1 for 3), with the latter collecting his first theft of the season.

The scoring came fast and heavy for both sides after a relatively dosile start in the Sunshine State, but the GCL Red Sox dropped an 11-6 decision to the GCL Twins. The Sox lineup scattered their 11 hits, although 4 of them did belong to Boss Moanaroa, who went 4 for 5 with a double and an RBI in the losing effort. Felix Sanchez went 2 for 5 with a triple and a run scored, while Ken Roque went 1 for 2 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored. Tyler Yockey and Roberto Ramos each only had 1 hit, but each man drove in 2 runs. On the mound, it was the rehabbing Paul Byrd who got the start as he tries to prepare for stretch-drive major league action. Byrd went the first 3.0 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 1. Richie Wasielewski came on in relief but provided little of it, allowing 6 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in just 2.1 innings. Kyle Stroup wasn't much better in his 2.2 innings, as he allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. Dustin Mercandante put an end to the madness with a perfect ninth, including 2 strikeouts, but it was too little, too late for the Red Sox in this one.

Finally, in the Dominican Summer League, the DSL Red Sox took down the best of the DSL Brewers and Orioles, earning a 6-4 victory. Yunior Ortega got things started and allowed only 2 unearned runs on 4 hits in his 4.2 frames, walking 2 and striking out 6. William Cuevas (4-1) took over and earned the win by firing 4.1 innings of his own, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk, striking out 5. Luis Urena had a nice showing at the plate, going 2 for 4 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored, while Roberto Doran went 1 for 3 with 2 walks and a home run, his second of the year. Dreily Guerrero also went 1 for 3 with 2 walks, as the Red Sox collected an astounding 14 free passes on the night.

Player of the Night: Boss Moanaroa, who went 4 for 5 with a double in a losing cause.