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June 10, 2010 at 6:36 AM

Chang's big night helps Portland muzzle SeaWolves


6/10 Cup of Coffee: While the draft wrapped up day three and a pair of former top prospects dueled in Cleveland, Portland's sixteen hits brought home a victory. Pawtucket was victimized by former draftee Pedro Alvarez, Salem was clawed by the Hillcats and the DSL Sox split a doubleheader.

Despite outhitting the Indians 8-6, Pawtucket fell to Indianapolis (PIT) 5-3. Starter Kris Johnson picked up the loss, going 5.0 innings as he allowed 5 runs on 5 hits while striking out 4. Lars Anderson's RBI double in the third got the PawSox on the board and tied the game 1-1. Aaron Bates laced an RBI single in the fifth that brought home two to once again even the score at 3-3. The Indians retaliated with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning and held Pawtucket to just one hit the rest of the way to seal the victory. T.J. Large pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit. Chad Paronto pitched a scoreless ninth inning, collecting a strikeout. Angel Sanchez was 2 for 3 and Daniel Nava was 2 for 4 to lead the Pawtucket offense.

Despite a 4-0 deficit after four, the Sea Dogs offense battered the Erie SeaWolves (DET) 10-6. Portland starter Robert Coello had a mediocre start, going 4.0 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits while striking out 4. The Sea Dogs got on the board in a big way in the fifth, tying the score at four on a solo home run by Ryan Khoury and RBI singles by Ray Chang and Luis Exposito. Portland put the game out of reach in the seventh, scoring six times on RBI singles by Chang and Khoury, an RBI triple by Chih-Hsien Chiang and a costly error by the Erie first baseman. Mitch Herold picked up the victory, going 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out 4. Ryne Lawson hurled the final 2.0 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while fanning 2. Chang and Spears were both 4 for 5 to ignite the Sea Dog offense.

Looking to complete a sweep of the Hillcats, Salem was tripped up by Lynchburg (CIN) 6-2. Red Sox starter Caleb Clay dropped to 2-4 on the season as he went 5.0 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 3. Down 5-0 after three, Salem picked up their first run in the fourth on Oscar Tejeda's sacrifice fly. Tejeda struck again in the eighth, as he smoked an RBI single to give Salem its only other run of the contest. Cesar Cabral pitched 2.0 innings in relief of Clay, allowing 1 runs on 3 hits while striking out 1. Zach Hammes tossed 2.0 innings of perfect relief to lower his ERA to 3.86. Mitch Dening and Jorge Padron both collected two hits to lead Salem's offense.

In game one of a doubleheader, the Red Sox doubled up the DSL Dodgers 4-2. Curtney Doran put the Red Sox on the board in the first on an RBI single to open up an early 1-0 advantage. With the game tied 1-1 in the third, Xander Bogaerts smashed an RBI double to give the Red Sox a 2-1 advantage. Aly Gonzalez's RBI single and Jesus Loya's sacrifice fly helped plate two key insurance runs in the fourth, giving the Red Sox an advantage they would not relinquish. Yunior Ortega picked up the victory, going 6.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and striking out 2. Ricardo Betancourt pitched a scoreless seventh inning to collect his first save. Dreily Guerrero was 3 for 4 to lead the Red Sox offense.

Unable to complete the doubleheader sweep, game two saw the DSL Red Sox fall to the DSL Dodgers 3-1. The Red Sox scored their lone run of the contest in the first on a Curtney Doran RBI single. Sully Bonnelly picked up the loss, going 4.0 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits. Francellis Montas pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, striking out 3. Cesar Cabral, who has had a rough season thus far, added a scoreless inning of relief. Doran was 2 for 3 to have the only multi-hit game for the Red Sox.

Player of the Night: Ray Chang, who went 4 for 5 with a triple and 3 RBI in Portland's 10-6 victory over Erie.