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May 15, 2010 at 6:38 AM

Weiland impressive in Portland loss


4/15 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket and Salem put another notch in the win column Friday night, but it was Portland's Kyle Weiland who impressed once again with his third straight scoreless start.

Pawtucket continued their winning ways, collecting their fourth straight victory with Friday's 4-2 win over Syracuse (WAS). Michael Bowden allowed a solo shot in the first but collected himself to go 5.0 innings, giving up just 2 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. He fanned 4. Mike Cameron continued his promising rehab stint for the PawSox, putting them ahead with a two-run home run in the third. Aaron Bates singled to score Josh Reddick in the sixth, and Reddick added an RBI single of his own in the next frame. Chad Paronto threw 2.0 innings of scoreless relief, while Fernando Cabrera and Robert Manuel tossed scoreless frames of their own in the win.

Despite another fine start by Weiland, Portland lost for the second straight night, falling 4-3 to New Hampshire (TOR). Weiland gave the Sea Dogs 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out 3 and allowing just 2 hits to make it 3 starts and 14.0 innings since he allowed his last run. Luis Exposito staked him to a 1-0 lead in the sixth with an RBI double, but Eammon Portice allowed 3 runs in the bottom of the frame to put the Fisher Cats up 3-1. Chih-Hsien Chiang hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 3, but New Hampshire got an unearned run off Jason Rice in the bottom half of the inning to win it. Exposito had the only multi-hit game for Portland, and Anthony Rizzo was 0 for 3 with a walk in the loss.

After hitting a rough patch over the last week, Salem hopes to have gotten back on track with an 8-2 win over Myrtle Beach (ATL). Alex Wilson got the start and gave up a two-run home run in the first before settling down and holding the Pelicans hitless over the next six, finishing with 5 strikeouts. All but one of Salem's starting nine had a hit in the game, paced by Ryan Lavarnway, who was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and Oscar Tejeda, who had a pair of doubles. Ryan Dent added a pair of RBI, while Mitch Herold and Lance McClain combined for 3.0 innings of scoreless relief.

In Greenville, the Drive got off to a fast start but couldn't keep up in a 12-6 loss to Lakewood (PHI). Reymond Fuentes knocked in a pair in the first as Greenville jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Blue Crabs shelled starter Pete Ruiz to the tune of 8 earned runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings. Jeremy Hazelbaker stole 2 bags and Wilfred Pichardo stole 3 as both went 2 for 3 with 2 walks, and Michael Almanzar drove in 2 runs in the loss. Tom Ebert allowed just an unearned run in 3.2 innings of relief before Dennis Neuman gave up 3 runs, 1 earned in 2.0 innings of his own.

Player of the Night: Reigning SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week Kyle Weiland continued his stellar May, tossing 5.0 innings of shutout ball Friday night. He gave up 2 hits and struck out 3. He's allowed just 3 hits and no runs in 3 starts this month.