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June 26, 2010 at 7:02 AM

Vinicio perfect from the dish


6/25 Cup of Coffee: Nobody in the high minors swung the bat well, but Jose Vinicio and his GCL teammates put up a ten-spot in a win Friday night.

Felix Doubront made his first start for Pawtucket since his big-league debut, but the offense sputtered for the second straight night in a 6-1 loss to Syracuse (WAS). Doubront allowed 3 runs in the second inning on a couple of hits and a balk, going 5.0 innings and striking out 4 while giving up just the two singles in the second. Kason Gabbard gave up a run on 1 hit in 1.0 inning and TJ Large retired just 1 batter before being charged with 2 runs. Bubba Bell was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Lars Anderson had a hit in his third straight game. Tommy Hottovy retired all 5 batters he faced in the loss.

Kyle Weiland's fifth straight impressive start wasn't good enough to beat top prospect Kyle Gibson, with New Britain (MIN) squeaking by Portland 2-1. Weiland went 6.2 innings, fanning 7 and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits in the hard-luck loss. Luis Exposito added a pair of hits and Che-Hsuan Lin doubled to score Chih-Hsien Chiang in the seventh for the Sea Dogs' only run. Eammon Portice struck out 2 in 1.2 innings of relief.

Salem bounced back from a dismal second-half opener with a 4-3 win over Wilmington (KC). Starter Miguel Gonzalez picked up his first win since 2007, allowing just a pair of hits in 5.0 shutout frames. Ryan Dent was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, while Oscar Tejeda doubled and scored twice. Mike Lee yielded 2 runs in 3.0 innings of relief, and Blake Maxwell was touched up for a run in the ninth while earning his third save of the season. Pete Hissey and Jon Hee added RBI in the win.

Greenville won their second straight out of the all-star break with another quality start by Manny Rivera, who fanned 5 and allowed 1 run on 4 hits in 5.0 innings as the Drive topped Charleston (NYY) 3-1. Derrik Gibson was 1 for 2 with a 2 walks, a double and an RBI, while Ronald Bermudez added a hit and an RBI. Pedro Perez and Dennis Neuman combined for 4.0 innings of shutout relief.

Lowell's first six batters of the night scored, but they couldn't muster enough offense after that in an 8-7 loss to Connecticut (DET). Miles Head hit a three-run triple in the first, while David Renfroe was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Brandon Jacobs and Bryce Brentz each added RBI in the loss. Tyler Wilson struck out 4 and yielded 4 runs on 6 hits in 4.0 innings, with Garrett Rau giving up 1 earned in 4.0 of his own. Armando Zerpa was charged with the blown save, retiring 2 batters in the ninth while being charged with 3 runs, with Kyle Rutter recording the final out.

The 16-year-old Vinicio was an incredible 5 for 5 with a double and an RBI in the GCL squad's 10-9 win over the Twins. Jason Thompson had 2 hits, including a home run, while Willie Holmes, Trygg Danforth, and Moko Moanaroa each had a pair of hits. Moanaroa drove in 3. Miguel Celestino was charged with 5 runs, 1 earned in 5.0 innings, and Scott Swinson gave up 4 runs in as many innings.

Despite scoring 7 runs, the DSL squad managed just 4 hits in an 8-7 loss against the DSL Yankees 2. Dreily Guererro had 3 of the team's 4 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Luis Diaz, Francellis Montas, Kiler Gil, Alexander Mateo, and Nefi Ogando were all less than stellar from the hill.

Player of the Night: Jose Vinicio, who went 5 for 5 with 3 doubles and an RBI Friday afternoon.

 
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