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May 1, 2010 at 6:47 AM

Volz, Nava star in Friday's victories


5/1 Cup of Coffee: Josh Reddick and Daniel Nava put on a power display in Pawtucket, but it was big righty Kendal Volz who stole the show Friday evening as the three of the four affiliates put notches in the win column.

In Pawtucket, Reddick and Nava combined to drive in all seven runs in a back-and-forth 7-6 win over Indianapolis (PIT). Already down 1-0, Reddick hit his third home run of the season in the bottom of the first to tie it up. The Indians plated another in the top of the second before Reddick doubled to score two more in the bottom half, making it 3-2. With the score tied at 3, Nava went deep with two men on only to have Indianapolis come back and tie it with 3 of their own in the following frame. It was Nava's second home run of the night and third of the season that gave Pawtucket the lead for good in the seventh. Adam Mills got the start for Pawtucket, allowing 6 runs, 5 earned in 5.2 innings. Dustin Richardson, Joe Nelson, and Fernando Cabrera combined for 3.1 innings of hitless, scoreless relief, and in his first Triple-A start, Lars Anderson was 0 for 2 with a pair of walks and a run scored.

All nine of Portland's starters had a hit, but an astonishing 7 walks in a ten-run seventh inning helped Portland stroll past New Britain (MIN) 13-4. Starter Stephen Fife struck out 2 and allowed just 3 hits, but left with the game tied at 2 after 6. Ryne Lawson gave up a pair in the top half of the seventh before the Rock Cats' pitchers got wild. Former Sea Dog Chris Province entered the game and got Yamaico Navarro to ground out with the bases loaded, but proceeded to walk 5 of the next 6 batters he faced. Province was charged with 6 runs, 3 of which came on a three-run Luis Exposito triple after he was replaced. Seven different Sea Dogs drove in runs, led by Exposito with 3 and Ryan Kalish, Will Vazquez, and Navarro with 2 each.

While Portland came out of their off day fresh, Salem fell flat in a 12-2 loss to Kinston (CLE). The Indians pushed a run across in each of the first two innings before Ryan Dent hit an RBI single to bring Salem back to within a run. Unfortunately, that was a close as they would get, as Kinston hung a 7-spot on Sox starter Stolmy Pimentel in the fourth inning. Pimentel made it only 3.2 innings and was charged with 8 runs, 7 earned. He walked 4 and struck out just 2. Jeremy Kehrt couldn't do much to stop the damage, allowing 4 runs of his own in 2.1 innings. Will Latimer and Blake Maxwell combined for 3.0 shutout innings to finish the game. Oscar Tejeda hit a bases-loaded single in the sixth to plate Salem's only other run of the night.

In another back-and-forth affair, Reymond Fuentes' speed created the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Greenville topped West Virginia 4-3. Fuentes singled, advanced to second on a balk and stole third before scoring on an error to give the Drive their fifth win in six games. Dan Butler doubled off old friend Hunter Strickland in the bottom of the second to give the Drive an early 1-0 lead, and starter Kendal Volz retired the first 10 batters of the game before allowing a solo home run in the fourth, the only blemish on an otherwise impressive evening in which he struck out 6 in 5.0 innings of work. West Virginia took the lead in the top of the sixth, but Derrick Gibson and Chris McGuinness drove in a run each in the bottom half of the frame to snatch the lead back for the Drive. It was tied at 3 when Fuentes scored the game winner. Jeremiah Bayer earned the win, striking out 4 and allowing 2 runs in 4.0 innings of relief. Gibson, Michael Almanzar, and WIlfred Pichardo each had a pair of hits in the win.

Player of the Night: Kendal Volz, who struck out 6 and walked none in 5.0 dominant innings as Greenville continued their winning ways. He lowered his ERA to 2.74 on the season.