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September 1, 2009 at 6:18 AM

Lowell win cuts magic number to 2


9/1 Cup of Coffee: On the last day of August, Lehigh Valley defeated Pawtucket 4-1. Michael Bowden went 5 strong innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits. He did not allow a walk while striking out 4. TJ Large (3-3) took the loss, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in 1.1 innings of relief. Travis Denker and Dusty Brown each had 2 hits in the contest.

Portland trailed 1-0 going into the 9th inning, but scored 4 times and downed New Hampshire 4-1. With 1 out in the 9th, Jon Still singled and was replaced by pinch runner Iggy Suarez. Lars Anderson singled moving Suarez to third. Then with 2 outs, Yamaico Navarro doubled, driving in both runners. Jason Place followed with a walk, and Ryan Khoury singled scoring Navarro and advancing Place to second. Daniel Nava singled driving in the 4th run of the inning. Reliever Bryce Cox allowed the Fisher Cats to load the bases with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th, but got out of the jam by inducing a game-ending double play. Jorge Jimenez, Still and Navarro each had 2 hits in the game. Ryne Miller started and threw 5.2 scoreless frames, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 7. Derrick Loop (1-0) got the win pitching a scoreless, 1-hit inning.

Lexington edged Greenville 3-2. Jeremy Kehrt (1-2) took the loss, going 6.2 frames and giving up 3 runs on 7 hits. He struck out 4. Ty Weeden went 2 for 3.

Lowell reduced its magic number to 2 with a 8-5 win over Brooklyn. Yeiper Castillo (6-1) started and earned the win, pitching 6 scoreless, 3-hit innings. He gave up 3 walks while striking out 5. Ronald Bermudez went 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Wilfred Pichardo and Derrik Gibson each had 2 hits in the game. Brooklyn scored all 5 of its runs in the 8th inning, with 4 coming off reliever Jeremiah Bayer and the other off of Michael Bugary.

In the GCL, the Orioles blanked the Red Sox 2-0. Roman Mendez (2-3) took the loss, allowing a run on a hit and a walk in 2 innings of relief. He struck out 2. The offense managed just 4 hits in the game, with Felix Sanchez going 2 for 3 with a double. The closest the Red Sox came to scoring was in the 5th inning, when they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 out. This game marked the conclusion of the GCL Sox' season, as they finished with a 26-27 record, good for 4th place in the GCL South, 7.0 games back.

Player of the Night: Yeiper Castillo, who earned his 6th win of the season throwing 6 scoreless, 3-hit innings.