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Mike Andrews: Could you compare and contrast the defensive tools of Josh Reddick and Ryan Kalish? What factors will be the most determinative as to what outfield positions they will play at the next levels?
MA: What can we make of Lars Anderson's 2009 season?
MA: You must be very proud of Anthony Rizzo’s accomplishments in 2009. Please discuss his development over the course of the last year.
MA: Can you discuss the relative strengths and developmental needs of Luis Exposito, Tim Federowicz, and Ryan Lavarnway?
MA: Felix Doubront and Stolmy Pimentel are two of the more successful international pitchers in the organization. What are the keys to their respective successes?
MA: Che-Hsuan Lin appears to have some of the best tools in the organization, particularly his defense and speed. How well did his bat come along in 2009?
MA: The young Greenville infield from early 2009 went in various directions over the course of the season. Could you contrast the development of Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Dent, Oscar Tejeda, and Michael Almanzar over the 2009 season?
MA: Daniel Nava and Derrick Loop are two independent league signees who have had some real success in the Sox system over the past couple years. How did they come onto the Red Sox' radar, and where do they stand in terms of being potential major league contributors?
MA: In that same vein, what aspects of their respective games do Bryce Cox and Chris Province need to work on to excel at the next levels?
MA: We ask this every year, but you've given us great names like Stolmy Pimentel, Roman Mendez, and Manny Rivera in the past, so we'll ask again: what players coming out of the Latin American program should we keep an eye on next season?
September 28, 2009 at 8:50 PM
After a tough 2008 campaign that saw him put up a 6.45 ERA in 24 starts, Richardson was converted to a relief pitcher during the off-season. The 25-year-old left-hander responded, putting up a 2.55 ERA in 45 appearances, striking out 96 in 74.0 innings and earning an Eastern League All-Star nod. A fifth-round selection in the 2006 draft, Richardson now owns a 22-21 record with a 4.11 ERA in 348.0 innings in the Red Sox system.
September 24, 2009 at 4:44 PM
The Fall Instructional League got underway this week in Fort Myers, and the league will run until mid-October. Also referred to as "Instrux", the Fall Instructional League is a short-season league used to develop Low-A and Rookie-Ball players, often including many recently-drafted prospects. The league focuses on fundamental baseball and includes classroom training, akin to the gulf Coast League. Forty-four players will participate in the Fall Instructional League for the Red Sox in 2009:
Pitchers: Drake Britton, Cesar Cabral, Yeiper Castillo, Randy Consuegra, Chris Court, Eric Curtis, Jordan Flasher, Leandro Marin, Roman Mendez, Renny Parthemore, Pedro Perez, Manny Rivera, Juan Rodriguez, Kyle Stroup, Francisco Taveras, Raynel Velette, Kendal Volz, Richie Wasielewski, Tyler Wilson, Madison Younginer
Catchers: Carson Blair, Chia-Chu Chen, Ryan Lavarnway, Oscar Perez, Christian Vazquez
Infielders: Michael Almanzar, Jose Garcia, Derrik Gibson, Miles Head, Jose Iglesias, Casey Kelly, Chris McGuiness, Will Middlebrooks, David Renfroe, Oscar Tejeda, Jason Thompson, Jose Vinico
Outfielders: Reymond Fuentes, Alex Hassan, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Brandon Jacobs, Wilfred Pichardo, Seth Schwindenhammer, Shannon Wilkerson
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The Coffee pot has been drained, but we'll have a fresh one on when the Arizona Fall League kicks off in October. Until then, all the best.
Player of the Night: Mitch Dening, who had 2 hits in the game and scored the Drive's only run.
September 18, 2009 at 6:31 AM
Lynchburg ended Salem's season with an 8-7 win, sweeping the Carolina League Mills Cup Championship Series in three games. Lynchburg scored six times in the second inning and held an 8-4 lead going into the sixth. The Red Sox rallied with two runs in the sixth on a Ryan Dent home run, and pushed another across in the ninth to pull within one. With the tying run on third and the winning run on second, Zach Borowiak grounded out to second to end the game. Starter Kyle Weiland took the loss, giving up 7 runs in 1.1 innings. Che-Hsuan Lin, Anthony Rizzo and Mike Jones had 2 hits apiece.
Player of the Night: Stolmy Pimentel, who threw 5 innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits.
September 16, 2009 at 11:50 PM
The SoxProspects Community selected Ryan Lavarnway as the 2009 Offensive Player of the Year, narrowly edging out Portland outfielders Ryan Kalish and Daniel Nava. Drafted by the Red Sox in the sixth round out of Yale in 2008, Lavarnway suffered through nagging injuries in his first professional season in Lowell last season. In 2009, the 22-year-old catcher came back in a big way, spending the entire season in Low-A Greenville, hitting .285 with a .367 on-base percentage, and leading the organization with a .540 slugging percentage, 21 home runs, and 59 extra base hits. He also finished second in the organization in OPS (.907, behind Nava's .991) and total bases (218, behind Kalish's 230). In 106 games this season, Lavarnway spent 66 behind the plate and 40 as a designated hitter. Look for the Ivy Leaguer to start the 2010 season in Salem.
Additionally, the community named Casey Kelly as the SoxProspects Pitcher of the Year, Ryan Westmoreland as SoxProspects Rookie of the Year, Kalish as Breakout Player of the Year, and Anthony Rizzo as Comeback Player of the Year. Each of these four players were also named SoxProspects 2009 All Stars. For details on these players' respective seasons, check out Zach Nicholson's report on the 2009 SoxProspects All Stars.
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Catcher: Luis Exposito
After winning the same honor in 2008, a .287/.339/.439 line with 29 doubles, 9 home runs, and 57 RBI was plenty good enough to allow Exposito to defend his All-Star crown. After compiling solid .271/.329/.424 numbers in 76 games for High-A Salem, the 22-year-old Florida native earned an August call-up to Double-A Portland. That's when the real production began. In 23 games for the Sea Dogs, Exposito hit a torrid .337/.371/.489 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI in 92 at-bats, including an impressive .462/.500/.692 against left-handed pitching. Exposito, who currently checks in as the tenth-rated prospect by SoxProspects.com, will soon head to Arizona to join the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.
First Base: Anthony Rizzo
In what may be the most surprising change from last season's SoxProspects.com All-Star ranks, a resurgent Anthony Rizzo easily supplanted the incumbent Lars Anderson to capture the honors in 2009. Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in May 2008 but declared cancer-free in November 2008, and he returned to professional baseball with a vengeance, unleashing a combined .297/.368/.461 line upon the pitchers of the South Atlantic and Carolina Leagues. In 445 at-bats split between Greenville and Salem, Rizzo hit 37 doubles and 12 home runs, and drove in 66. A sixth-round draft choice in 2007, Rizzo is currently the eighth-ranked prospect in the organization by SoxProspects.com.
Second Base: Ken Roque
Following a disappointing 2008 season that saw him hit just .236/.314/.330 for the GCL Red Sox, Roque burst through the gates in 2009 and never looked back. After putting up .317/.400/.520 numbers to start the season in the GCL, Roque kept hitting after an August promotion to Lowell, contributing a .313/.389/.469 line as a member of the first-place Spinners. Roque slammed 10 doubles, 7 triples, and 2 home runs along the way, driving in 26 in 155 at-bats while sporting a walk-to-strikeout ratio of 21/31. His combined .907 OPS tied him for second in the Red Sox system. Just 19 years of age, Roque was a seventh-round choice by the Red Sox in 2007 and is currently the system's fifty-seventh ranked prospect by SoxProspects.com.
Third Base: Jorge Jimenez
Another year, another All-Star nod for Jimenez, who takes his third honor at the hot corner with a .289/.366/.424 line in 498 at-bats for Portland. After hitting just 7 home runs in 2008, Jimenez nearly doubled his total this season, blasting 13 home runs and driving in 87 runs while earning the 2009 Portland Sea Dogs Most Valuable Player Award and being named to the Eastern League All-Star Team. The 25-year-old Jimenez, already a veteran of four minor league seasons in the Red Sox organization, was a fifteenth-round draft choice by the team in 2006. The tall left-handed hitter is currently the twenty-seventh-ranked prospect in the Red Sox system by SoxProspects.com.
Shortstop: Derrik Gibson
An impressive combination of speed and plate discipline netted 19-year-old Derrik Gibson the votes he needed to come away with All-Star honors at shortstop. After a less-than-stellar performance following a late-season call-up to Lowell in 2008, Gibson put worries to rest in 2009, finishing the year with a .290/.395/.380 line in 255 at-bats, including 15 doubles and 4 triples. His 28 steals in 33 opportunities ranked him second in the organization in thefts. An electric .471/.600/.755 month of June and a strong .412/.500/.525 month of September helped Gibson overcome a lull in July, when he hit just .178/.288/.218. A second-round pick in the 2008 draft, Gibson currently holds down the number 30 spot on the SoxProspects.com charts.
Outfield: Ryan Kalish
When a player finishes second in the Red Sox organization in home runs, tied for second in triples, first in walks, and fifth in steals, it's hard not to take notice. With his combined .279/.364/.457 line between two levels, 18 home runs, and 21 thefts, Ryan Kalish did just that. After tearing up the Carolina League to the tune of .304/.434/.513 with 5 home runs, 21 RBI, and a 26/20 walk-to-strikeout ratio, Kalish earned a promotion to Double-A Portland. He then proceeded to handle the Eastern League as well, hitting .271/.341/.440 with 13 home runs, 56 RBI, and 14 steals the rest of the way despite a slump immediately following his promotion. Just two seasons removed from missing time with a wrist injury, Kalish has vaulted back up the SoxProspects.com rankings, settling into the number three spot to close out the season. He will join fellow All-Stars Luis Exposito and Casey Kelly in the Arizona Fall League.
Outfield: Ryan Westmoreland
It's hard to have a professional debut better than that of Ryan Westmoreland, who justified his $2-million signing bonus as a fifth-round selection in the 2008 draft by hitting .296/.401/.484 in 223 at-bats. The 19-year-old Rhode Island native complemented his solid slash line with 15 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs, and 35 RBI for the Lowell Spinners before breaking his collarbone on August 28 after making a catch and crashing into an outfield wall. A true five-tool player, Westmoreland also stole 19 bases without being caught in 2009, and walked 38 times against only 49 strikeouts, ending the season as the system's fourth-ranked prospect by SoxProspects.com.
Outfield: Daniel Nava
Rounding out the outfield is Daniel Nava, who led Red Sox minor leaguers in batting average and on-base percentage and finished second in slugging percentage while hitting a combined .352/.458/.533 in 227 at-bats between Salem and Portland. Of his 80 hits this season, 29 went for extra bases, including 22 doubles and 5 home runs. Nava also walked 43 times and struck out on only 33 occasions. Nava had his best month in August following his call-up to Portland, hitting .382/.486/.640 in 89 at-bats. The Red Sox signed the 26-year-old switch hitter out of Chico of the independent Golden League following the 2007 season, and he proceeded to capture the California League batting crown in 2008 with Lancaster before continuing his success this season.
Designated Hitter: Chris Carter
In what appears to be his final season in the Red Sox organization, Pawtucket designated hitter Chris Carter went out with a bang. The 27-year-old left-handed hitter compiled .294/.358/.465 totals in 427 Triple-A at-bats, swatting 25 doubles and a team-high 16 home runs while driving in 61 runs to earn himself 2009 Pawtucket Red Sox MVP honors. Carter saved his best performance for last, hitting .317/.423/.476 to capture the SoxProspects.com Player of the Month nod in August. He even saw some time on the Boston roster, collecting an RBI in 5 at-bats. A veteran of four consecutive seasons at the Triple-A level, Carter was originally acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007 in exchange for Wily Mo Peña.
Starting Pitcher: Casey Kelly
When one is a first-round draft choice, it can be hard to exceed expectations. But by going 7-5 with a 2.08 ERA in 95.0 innings combined between two levels, Casey Kelly did just that. The 19-year-old right-hander struck out 74 and walked only 16 on the season, limiting opposing hitters to a .190 batting average and just 4 home runs in 17 starts. A two-way player, Kelly also hit .224/.305/.313 in 134 at-bats this season as the shortstop for the Greenville Drive following a short stint in the GCL to readjust to playing every day. Thanks mostly to his efforts on the mound, Kelly sits at the very top of the SoxProspects.com rankings as the 2009 season comes to a close. He will join Luis Exposito and Ryan Kalish as a member of the Arizona Fall League's Mesa Solar Sox in October, but as a shortstop.
Starting Pitcher: Junichi Tazawa
Continuing a trend of first-year players finding tremendous success in the Red Sox organization in 2009, Japanese righthander Junichi Tazawa impressed from wire to wire for Portland, Pawtucket and Boston. In 20 minor league starts covering 109.1 innings, Tazawa pitched to a 9-7 record with a 2.55 ERA, striking out 94 and walking only 27. The 23-year-old Tazawa yielded only 8 home runs in 2009 and limited hitters to a .219 batting average against, earning himself a selection to the Futures Game roster and an Eastern League All-Star nod as well. He has gone 2-3 in 6 major league appearances so far for Boston, and finishes the season as SoxProspects.com's sixth-ranked prospect.
Starting Pitcher: Clay Buchholz
Sometimes it just takes some time for a top prospect to become a top contributor. After a disappointing 2008 campaign, Clay Buchholz righted the ship with a 7-2 record and a 2.36 ERA in 17 minor league starts, setting the stage for him to become a key contributor in the Majors down the stretch run. In 99.0 innings for Pawtucket before his call-up, Buchholz dazzled the International League with his advanced repertoire, punching out 89 hitters while holding the opposition to a .188 batting average. A first-round draft choice in 2005 and the former number one prospect on the SoxProspects.com list, Buchholz owns a career minor league record of 31-14 with a 2.42 ERA in 91 appearances spanning 443.1 innings in the Red Sox system.
Starting Pitcher: Fabian Williamson
Having come over from the Seattle organization in exchange for David Aardsma during the offseason, Fabian Williamson was nothing more than an intriguing new name as 2009 began. A 2.42 ERA in 108.0 innings for Greenville certainly changed that. In 28 appearances for the Drive, the tall 20-year-old left-hander managed a 10-5 record, punching out 104 while yielding just 71 hits on the year, only 3 of which were home runs. His versatility and talent were a great asset for Greenville as the team earned a birth in the South Atlantic League playoffs, where they currently are playing for the league championship. Williamson presently sits in the thirty-third spot in the SoxProspects.com rankings.
Relief Pitcher: Daniel Bard
Just two seasons removed from a disastrous year in which he went a combined 3-7 with a 7.08 ERA, walking 78 batters in just 75.0 innings, who would have guessed that in 2009, Daniel Bard would emerge as one of baseball's most electrifying relievers? Indeed, Bard needed just about a month in Triple-A Pawtucket to earn his second consecutive All-Star nod. As the Pawsox's closer, Bard put up a 1.12 ERA and notched 6 saves, striking out 29 hitters and allowing only 6 hits in 16.0 innings before getting the call to Boston. With the big league club, Bard has continued to dominate, fanning 59 and allowing just 34 hits in 43.1 innings to go along with a 3.32 ERA. Bard was originally a first-round draft choice in 2006 out of North Carolina.
Relief Pitcher: Fernando Cabrera
Another newcomer in the Red Sox organization, Cabrera was signed as a minor league free agent in January after putting up a 5.40 ERA in 28.1 innings for the Orioles in 2008. Assigned to Pawtucket and installed as the team's closer following the promotion of Daniel Bard, Cabrera thrived to the tune of a 1.71 ERA and 22 saves, striking out 51 in 52.2 innings. Cabrera allowed only 22 walks on the season and held opposing hitters to a .208 batting average. The 27-year-old Puerto Rican right-hander also saw brief time with Boston, allowing 2 earned runs and striking out 7 in 4.0 innings over 4 Major League appearances.
Relief Pitcher: Derrick Loop
What a year it was for former independent league standouts. Just like fellow All-Star Daniel Nava, Loop was plying his trade for Chico of the Golden League before being signed by the Red Sox in June 2008. After an impressive stint to end the 2008 season in Lancaster during which he pitched to a 3.04 ERA in 53.1 innings, Loop really turned it on in 2009 for Salem. As the team's closer, Loop managed a 3-3 record with a 1.61 ERA and 18 saves in 47 appearances, striking out 78 over 67.0 innings while yielding only 51 hits. The 25-year-old left-hander features a devastating pickoff move, as he duped 15 baserunners on the year. Loop was originally a draftee of the Cleveland organization, having been selected by the Indians in the twenty-third round in 2006.
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Greenville fell 3-0 to Lakewood, and now faces the same challenge as Salem. Caleb Clay took a no-hitter into the 5th inning before giving up three straight hits and the first run of the game. He gave up two more in the 6th before being replaced by Lance McClain. Clay went 5 innings allowing 3 runs, 2 of which were earned, on 3 hits. He struck out 5. Zach Gentile, Ryan Lavarnway and Casey Kelly each had 2 hits in the game.
Player of the Night: Chih-Hsien Chiang, who had 3 RBI for Salem.
September 15, 2009 at 6:14 AM
Lakewood downed Greenville, 6-3. Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th, the Drive allowed the BlueClaws to score two more insurance runs to finalize the score. Brock Huntzinger started and went 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits. He did not allow a walk while striking out 5. The Drive out-hit the BlueClaws, 10-9, but were just 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position, leaving 11 runners on base. Zach Gentile went 3 for 4 and scored a run. Shannon Wilkerson and Casey Kelly each went 2 for 4 in the game.
Player of the Night: Zach Gentile, who led the Drive with 3 hits in their loss.
September 13, 2009 at 5:51 AM
Player of the Night: Pedro Perez, who after allowing 2 hits when he entered the game, threw a scoreless 3 innings allowing just a walk.
September 12, 2009 at 6:29 AM
Mitch Dening hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th to give Greenville a 3-2 win over Asheville and a two-game sweep of their best-of-three series. The Drive trailed 2-0 in the 6th inning when a Zach Gentile double scored Oscar Tejeda. Gentile then scored on a double by Ryan Lavarnway to tie the score. Jeremy Kehrt earned the win in relief, allowing 1 unearned run on 3 hits over 4.1 frames. He struck out 5. Tejeda went 2 for 3 in the game. Greenville will now face Lakewood in the South Atlantic League Championship, beginning on Monday.
Player of the Night: Shared between Mike Jones and Mitch Dening, who both had walk-off homers, giving their respective teams Division Championships.
September 11, 2009 at 11:40 AM
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Greenville scored twice in the top of the 9th to earn a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Asheville, taking a 1-0 lead in their series. Ryan Lavarnway homered to lead off the 9th and tie the score, and Will Middlebrooks followed with another home run to provide the margin of victory. The Tourists loaded the bases with 2 out in the bottom of the inning, but Kyle Rutter got the final out on a line drive to second baseman Zach Gentile. Lavarnway and Middlebrooks each had 2 hits in the game. Stolmy Pimentel went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs, 1 of which was earned. Mitch Herold earned the win, pitching 2 scoreless, 1-hit innings. Fabian Williamson will get the ball for the Drive in game two this evening.
The Lowell-Staten Island game was postponed. The teams will play the third and final game of their series on Saturday, opting not to play on Friday in observance of 9/11.
Player of the Night: Chih-Hsien Chiang, who went 3 for 5 with a home run.
September 10, 2009 at 11:59 PM
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Lowell downed Staten Island, 3-2, in 11 innings. The Spinners jumped off to an early 2-0 lead, scoring twice in the top of the first. Alex Wilson started and was dominant in his 3 innings of work. He held the Yankees scoreless allowing 3 hits, while recording 7 strikeouts. Ryan Pressly took over and held Staten Island scoreless for the next 3 innings before walking the first 2 hitters he faced in the 7th. The Yankees were able to plate single runs in the seventh and eighth off of Cesar Cabral and Chez Angeloni, respectively, to tie the score. Angeloni allowed a pair of singles in the 9th before giving way to Jordan Flasher. With runners on first and third, he gave up an intentional walk to load the bases, then proceeded to strikeout the side to send the game to extra innings. In the top of the 11th, Dan Butler led off with a home run to provide what would be the winning run. Doug Wogee earned the win throwing 2 scoreless innings. Chris McGuinness went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Yeiper Castillo will toe the rubber in tonight's winner-take-all Game 3.
The first game of the Greenville-Asheville series was postponed last night due to rain. However, with Thursday originally scheduled to be an off day for travel, the teams will play tonight instead. Stolmy Pimentel will get the ball for the Drive.
Player of the Night: Jordan Flasher, who with the bases loaded and no outs, struck out the side to save the Spinners' season.
September 9, 2009 at 6:18 AM
Player of the Night: Ronald Bermudez
September 8, 2009 at 11:59 PM
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Portland ended their season on a winning note, downing New Hampshire, 12-4. The offense pounded out 15 hits in the game. Four of those were home runs, with Ryan Kalish and Juan Apodaca each hitting single blasts. Jon Still had 2 homers. Daniel Nava, Jorge Jimenez and Still each had 3 hits in the game. Blake Maxwell (7-8) got the win, going 6 innings. He gave up 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk, and struck out 7. The Sea Dogs finished the season with a 67-74 record, which left them in 4th place in the EL Northern Division.
Salem edged Lynchburg, 6-5, to capture a playoff spot. Trailing 5-1, the Red Sox scored 2 runs in the 7th and 2 more in the 8th to tie the game. In the 9th, Ryan Dent doubled and with 2 out scored on a Brad Correll double to provide the winning run. Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 4 with a home run. Correll went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Tim Federowicz had 2 doubles, a run scored and 2 RBI. Robert Coello (5-3) got the win, throwing 2 scoreless innings of relief. He gave up 1 hit and had 3 strikeouts. Salem starts its best-of-five playoff on Wednesday in Winston-Salem. The rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka will get the start in game one.
Greenville ended its regular season with a 5-1 win over Asheville. Caleb Clay (6-7) started and got the win, going 5 innings. He gave up 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks and struck out 4. Tom Di Benedetto had 2 doubles and scored a run. Michael Thomas hit his 4th home run of the season. The Drive finished the 2nd half of the season with a record of 34-36, which put them in fourth place. They made the playoffs by way of their first half division win, and begin a best-of-three series with Asheville on Wednesday.
Lowell did not play on Monday, and begins its best-of-three series with Staten Island tonight. Jose Alvarez gets the start in game one for the Spinners. The teams split the six games they played this season.
Player of the Night: Brad Correll, who went 2 for 4 with a run scored and had the game-winning RBI as the Salem Red Sox clinched a playoff bid.
September 7, 2009 at 9:23 PM
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New Hampshire downed Portland, 8-3. With the Sea Dogs ahead 3-2, the Fisher Cats scored 4 times in the 8th inning on a grand slam homer by DH Moses Sierra. The Manchester squad added 2 more in the 9th to give the team its final margin of victory. Ryan Lawson threw 7 strong innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out 6. Andrew Dobies (2-3) pitched the 8th and was charged with the blown save and the loss. He gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and a walk. Yamaico Navarro was 2 for 2 with a home run. Jon Still also had 2 hits in the game.
Lynchburg scored a run in the 1st inning and held on to score a 1-0 win over Salem. With 1 game remaining, the Red Sox need either a win or a Kinston loss today to capture the final playoff spot without needing a one-game playoff. Eammon Portice (8-8) took the loss despite throwing 6 strong innings. He gave up a run on 6 hits and did not allow a walk while fanning 6. That gave him 141 strikeouts for the season, which with 1 game remaining leads the Carolina League. The offense managed just 4 hits in the game, with no runner advancing beyond second base. Tim Federowicz went 2 for 3.
Greenville scored 5 runs in the 2nd inning and went on to a 6-2 win over Asheville. The 5 runs came by way of a walk and 5 singles. Pete Hissey went 3 for 4 and scored twice. Will Middlebrooks had 2 hits and scored a run. Oscar Tejeda had 2 hits, a run scored and 2 RBI.
Brock Huntzinger (10-9) got the win, pitching 5.2 innings. He gave up 1 run on 5 hits and a walk, and struck out 7.
Lowell came back from an early 2-0 deficit to down Brooklyn, 4-2. Trailing 2-1 in the 6th, the Spinners scored twice on 2 singles and a throwing error by Cyclones pitcher Chris Hilliard. His wild throw to first base on a sacrifice bunt attempt allowed both runners to score. Michael Almanzar went 3 for 4 and scored twice. Alex Hassan went 2 for 4 and scored a run. Tom Ebert (4-0) earned the win, pitching 3.1 innings of relief. He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.
Player of the Night: Chris Carter, who went a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate and scored 4 times in game 2 of the PawSox doubleheader.
September 6, 2009 at 11:54 AM
Iglesias will join the four previously announced Sox heading for Mesa - catcher Luis Exposito, outfielder Ryan Kalish, and relief pitchers Chris Province and Dustin Richardson - as well as three more unnamed players, reported by Baseball America to be an infielder and two more pitchers. Greenville Drive hitting coach Billy McMillon will also fill that same role for the Solar Sox.
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Portland came from behind to edge New Hampshire, 7-6. The Sea Dogs trailed by 2 going into the bottom of the 8th inning and tied the score on a pair of walks and 3 singles. The Portland squad then scored in the bottom of the 9th to win. Jon Still led off the inning with a double, his 38th of the season, followed by an intentional walk given to Lars Anderson. New Hampshire pitcher Zach Dials then walked Jason Place and Iggy Suarez to force in the winning run. Chad Rhoades (6-2) earned the win, pitching a clean 9th inning. Suarez had 2 hits and 2 RBI in the game. Luis Exposito extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 1 for 4. It was the Sea Dogs' 6th walk-off win of the year and the second by way of a bases-loaded walk.
Salem downed Lynchburg, 7-6, in 11 innings. The win gives Salem a 2-game lead for the final playoff spot with 2 games left to play. The Red Sox trailed 6-4 going into the bottom of the 9th, but an RBI single by Tim Federowicz and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Dent sent the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, Chih-Hsien Chiang doubled and scored on a single by Dent for the win. Jason Blackey (2-0) got the win, pitching a scoreless 11th despite giving up a hit and 2 walks. Chiang went 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored. Dent went 4 for 4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Greenville hammered Asheville, 9-1 behind the strong starting performance of Jeremy Kehrt (2-2). He went 7 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits and a walk, striking out 7. Ryan Lavarnway had two hits, including his 21st homer of the season. He had 4 RBI in the game. Michael Thomas also had a home run, his 3rd of the year.
The Brooklyn Cyclones scored a run in the bottom of the 9th on three straight singles to edge Lowell, 4-3. Chez Angeloni (1-1) took the loss, giving up 1 run on 5 hits over 3 innings of work. Michael Almanzar drove in 2 runs and Alex Hassan homered to account for the Spinner offense.
Player of the Night: Ryan Dent, who drove in 3 runs and scored 2 more, helping Salem reduce its magic number to 1.
September 5, 2009 at 11:11 PM
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With the Sea Dogs trailing by 1 run in the bottom of the 8th, Jorge Jimenez doubled and scored on Juan Apodaca's single to tie the game. Six innings later, in the bottom of the 14th, Ryan Kalish hit a 2-out, walkoff homer to give Portland a 3-2 win over New Hampshire. It was his 12th homer for Portland and 17th overall in the 2009 season. Josh Papelbon (1-0) earned his first win at the AA level, throwing 3 scoreless, hitless innings. He walked 2 while striking out 3.
Salem downed Lynchburg, 3-2, and took a 1-game lead for the Carolina League Southern Division Wild Card with 3 games left. The Red Sox trailed 2-0 after just an inning and a half, but responded with runs in the 2nd, 5th and 7th innings to pull out the win. Mike Jones' single in the 7th inning drove in Jonathan Hee with what proved to be the winning run. Derrick Loop, returned from Portland, gave up 2 singles and had runners on first and third before getting the final out of the game and earning his 17th save of the year. Kyle Weiland (7-9) got the win, going 7 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk and struck out 3. Jones, Zach Borowiak and Chih-Hsien Chiang all had 2 hits in the game.
Asheville blanked Greenville, 4-0. The win gave the Tourists the second-half crown in the Division, setting up a first-round match-up between the Drive and Tourists in the first round of the SAL playoffs. Fabian Williamson (10-5) took the loss, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks in 5 innings of work. He struck out 5. Shannon Wilkerson went 2 for 4 with a double.
Lowell added one more win to their franchise record total with an 8-2 rout of Brooklyn. The Spinners scored 7 runs in the top of the 7th to break open the contest, a rally that was capped off with a 3-run homer by Christian Vazquez. Wilfred Pichardo stole his 32nd base of the season. He also had 2 hits. Derrik Gibson stole his 28th base of the year. Pedro Perez (2-5) earned the victory throwing 6 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits and 2 walks. He fanned 6. He was not fazed by Met Carlos Beltran, who went 0 for 3 in a rehab start for the Cyclones.
Player of the Night: Ryan Kalish, who hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 14th inning to give the Sea Dogs a 3-2 win
September 4, 2009 at 5:26 AM
Trenton downed Portland, 5-2. Kris Johnson (0-3) threw 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. The game got out of hand in the 8th inning ,when Derrick Loop gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk. Ryan Kalish hit his 11th home run in the 9th inning, and scored both of the Sea Dog runs. Jorge Jimenez went 2 for 4 with a double.
Winston-Salem defeated Salem, 7-5, in 11 innings. Tim Federowicz hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th to send the game into extra innings. Catcher John Curtis, however, hit a walk off 2-run homer in the 11th inning off Chad Povich (0-1) to give Winston-Salem the win. Despite the loss, Salem remains tied for the Wild Card. Federowicz and Ryan Dent each had 2 hits in the game.
Greenville out-lasted Bowling Green, 7-6, in 12 innings. With the score tied at 5 in the 11th inning, the Hot Rods scored to take the lead. The Drive responded to even the score on a Zach Gentile RBI single in the bottom half of the inning. In the bottom of the 12th, Oscar Tejeda, with 2 out, singled to drive in the winning run. Ryan Lavarnway, Kade Keowen and Tejeda each had 2 hits in the contest. Felix Ventura (3-7) pitched the final 3.2 innings to earn the win. He gave up a run on 4 hits.
Lowell scored 4 times in the top of the 10th inning to come out with a win in Oneonta, 9-5. The win set a Spinner franchise record for wins in a season with 43. The Spinners' 4 runs in the 10th came on 2 walks, 2 errors, a double by Drew Hedman and a single. Joantoni Garcia led the offense, going 3 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. His 3 hits were all doubles. Alex Hassan, Drew Dominguez, and Hedman each had 2 hits. Michael Bugary (3-1) threw 2 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Jordan Flasher got the final three outs in the game to earn a save.
Player of the Night: Joantoni Garcia, who had 3 doubles in the Spinners' win over Oneonta.
September 3, 2009 at 9:31 AM
at 6:21 AM
Portland scored 4 times in the bottom of the 6th inning to overcome a 3-1 deficit, and went on to a 5-3 win over Trenton. Ryan Khoury led off the 6th with a bunt single, Daniel Nava walked and both scored on Ryan Kalish's triple. Jorge Jimenez singled driving in Kalish, and then took second on an error. Jon Still was then walked intentionally. Lars Anderson then grounded into a forceout at second. With runners now at first and third, Juan Apodaca grounded into a forceout scoring Jimenez with the 4th run of the inning. Blake Maxwell (6-8) started and went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks to earn the win.
Salem downed Winston-Salem, 9-5. Stephen Fife (3-2) threw 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk. He struck out 5. The Red Sox out-hit the Dash 14-8 in the contest. Will Vazquez led the attack, going 3 for 4 with a home run and 5 RBI. Anthony Rizzo, Brad Correll and Zach Borowiak each had 2 hits in the game.
Bowling Green defeated Greenville, 7-3. Caleb Clay (5-7) took the loss giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks over 2 innings, fanning 2. Casey Kelly led the offense, going 2 for 5 with a RBI. The Drive defense committed 4 errors in the game, with Kelly contributing 2 of them, giving him 10 on the season.
Lowell clinched first place in the Stedler Division for the 2nd straight year with a 13-0 hammering of their division rivals, Oneonta. Jose Alvarez pitched a complete game shutout, allowing 5 hits and a walk. It was his 8th win of the season, which set the Spinners' single-season record. He also leads the NY-Penn League with an ERA of 1.52. Derrik Gibson, Chris McGuinness, and Ken Roque each had 3 hits in the game. Gibson reached base 5 times in the game and scored 3 times, setting the franchise record for runs scored at 53, which also leads the League. Wilfred Pichardo stole his 28th base, tying the franchise record. In game two, Lowell completed the sweep, downing the Tigers, 6-2. The win tied the Spinners' record for most wins in a season at 42. Pichardo swiped 3 more bases, giving him a franchise single-season record total of 31. Alex Wilson started and threw 3 scoreless, 1-hit innings. Tom Ebert (3-0) got credit for the win, despite giving up 2 runs in 2 innings of work. Willie Holmes led the offense, going 3 for 3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.
Player of the Night: Jose Alvarez, who pitched a complete game shutout, giving the Spinners the Stedler Division title.