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May 11, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Iglesias has perfect evening, but affiliates can't bring home a victory


5/11 Cup of Coffee: It was a tough night on the farm, as the affiliates went 0 for 4 on the evening, despite a big night from Portland's shortstop and some notable names on the mound.

The beginning of Mike Cameron's rehab assignment was not enough to save Pawtucket from a narrow 3-2 loss to the Gwinnett Braves (ATL). Gwinnett took an early 2-0 lead as they broke through in the fourth against PawSox starter Randor Bierd, who went 4.0 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits to drop to 2-3 on the season. Pawtucket retaliated in the fifth, as Lars Anderson doubled and was knocked in on Bubba Bell's RBI single. Cameron, who went 1 for 3 on the night
acting as the designated hitter, roped a double in the eighth and scored on Angel Sanchez's RBI single to account for the second Pawtucket run. A costly throwing error by catcher Dusty Brown allowed the winning run to score for the Braves in the top of the eighth. Chad Paronto pitched 3.0 scoreless innings of relief for Pawtucket, striking out 2. The PawSox struck out eleven times against Braves pitching as they fell to 1-4 against Gwinnett this season.

A leaky bullpen denied Casey Kelly his first Double-A win as Portland fell to Binghamton (NYM) 7-5. Kelly pitched the first 5.0 innings of the contest, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, striking out 7 and walking 2. The Sea Dogs got on the board in the second on Chih-Hsien Chiang's sacrifice fly, his fifteenth RBI of the season. RBI singles from Ryan Kalish and Yamiaco Navarro and a sacrifice fly from Jose Iglesias in the fifth helped Portland jump out to a 4-3 lead. Santo Luis came on in relief of Kelly in the sixth, but was hammered for four runs in his lone inning of work to pick up the loss. Portland got one back in the bottom half of the inning on Kalish's RBI groundout, but could not put together any viable threats the rest of the game. Tommy Hottovy pitched the final 3.0 innings in relief, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 4. Iglesias was a perfect 4 for 4 on the evening, lacing his eighth double and raising his average to .308

A rough start by Stolmy Pimentel gave the Frederick Keys (BAL) a 7-2 victory over Salem. Pimentel, now 3-2 on the season, went 4.0 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits while striking out 2. The Red Sox would score their lone runs of the contest in the second, on Alex Hassan's RBI double and Ryan Dent's RBI triple. Mitch Herold followed Pimentel on the mound and went 2.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. Kyle Fernandes and Blake Maxwell combined to pitch 3.0 scoreless innings of relief to finish the game. Will Middlebrooks was 2 for 4 with a double to bring his average up to .354. Hassan was the only other member of the Salem lineup to have a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 as he added an outfield assist and an RBI.

Greenville had a tough time getting into drive Monday evening as they mustered only four hits in a 3-0 loss to the Hickory Crawdads (TX). Kendal Volz took the hill for Greenville and went 4.2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 3 and allowing his first walk of the season. Volz ran into trouble beginning in the second inning, giving up two solo home runs, and subsequently allowed the third Hickory run on back-to-back doubles in the third inning. Vladimir Frias was 2 for 3 to account for half of the Greenville offense. Chris McGuiness and Reymond Fuentes each collected a hit to round out the production for the Drive. Despite the shutout, Greenville showed their speed, collecting four stolen bases to place them in a tie for second in the South Atlantic League for thefts. Tom Ebert and Cesar Cabral combined to pitch 3.2 perfect innings of relief. Michael Almanzar and Ronald Bermudez had tough evenings, both striking out three times to go a combined 0 for 7.

Player of the Night: Jose Iglesias, who went 4 for 4 with a double and an RBI in Portland's 7-5 loss.