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July 4, 2010 at 7:19 AM

Coello fans 9, Holliman impresses in debut


7/4 Cup of Coffee: A pair of pitchers that the Sox plucked out of the independent leagues had good outings Saturday night as Robert Coello and debutant Mark Holliman each laid the groundwork for their team's shutouts while in Greenville, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Ronald Bermudez continued their magnificent second half's in a lopsided win.

Coello continued to dominate in Triple-A, striking out 9 in 6.1 innings as Pawtucket topped Lehigh Valley (PHI) 8-0. Coello walked 1 and yielded 3 hits, lowering his Triple-A ERA to 1.61. Aaron Bates was 1 for 2 with a home run and 4 RBI, and Ryan Kalish had a pair of hits and drove in a run. Josh Reddick added a double and 3 RBI, while debuting infielder Argenis Reyes walked twice and scored a pair of runs in the win. Chad Paronto and Kason Gabbard finished out the shutout for Coello.

One big inning was all it took for Binghamton (NYM) to push past Portland 9-3. Binghamton touched up Jeremy Kehrt for 7 runs, 6 earned on 8 hits in 4.1 innings, and scored 2 runs, 1 earned off Eammon Portice in 2.2 innings of relief. Bryce Cox pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Ryan Khoury and Chih-Hsien Chiang had 2 hits each, while Yamaico Navarro added a triple and 2 RBI in the loss.

In his organizational debut, Salem's Mark Holliman went 5.0 strong in a 3-0 win over Myrtle Beach (ATL). Holliman out-dueled top prospect Julio Teheran, striking out 4 and walking 1, while holding the Pelicans to their only 3 hits of the evening. Mike Lee struck out 3 in 3.0 hitless innings before Cesar Cabral retired the side in the ninth to get the save. Salem did all of their damage in the first, with Tim Federowicz driving in 2 with a bases-loaded single. Jorge Padron added 2 hits and Oscar Tejeda walked twice in the win.

Jeremy Hazelbaker was a single short of the cycle as Greenville moved to 8-2 in the second half with a 7-1 drubbing of Savannah (NYM). Hazelbaker was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI, and Chris McGuinness added 2 hits, including a solo home run. Drake Britton fanned 3 in as many innings, allowing an earned run on 3 hits. Tom Ebert notched his seventh win of the season, striking out 4 and walking 3 in 5.0 shutout innings, and Cesar Cabral pitched a perfect ninth. Ronald Bermudez added a 2-run home run, and all of the Drive's starting nine had hits in the win.

In Lowell, the Spinners offense was stymied once again in an 8-1 loss to Vermont (WAS). Felix Sanchez had 2 of the Spinners' 3 hits, while Kolbrin Vitek had the other hit and the team's only RBI. Roman Mendez struck out 6 but yielded 2 runs, 1 earned on 4 hits in 4.1 innings to take a hard-luck loss. Jay Broughton struck out 4 in 2.0 innings, but walked 3 and was tagged for 6 earned on 3 hits. Tyler Lockwood gave up a hit and struck out 2 in his professional debut, and Kyle Rutter retired the side in the ninth.

Suspended yesterday with the score tied at 4, Heiker Meneses hit a three-run home run in the ninth to give the Sox a 7-5 win over the Twins. Meneses finished the game with 5 of his team's 7 RBI. Swen Huijer took over on the mound and surrendered a run while striking out 2 in 1.2 innings. Justin Erasmus retired the final two batters to get the save.

In the regularly scheduled game, Juan Rodriguez, Raynel Velette, and Michael Gleason combined to one-hit the Twins in a 3-1 win. Rodriguez went the first 5.0, allowing 1 baserunner via the walk and striking out 2 before Velette fanned 3 and allowed a run on a hit and 3 walks in 2.2 innings. Gleason retired the last 4 batters to get the save. Heiker Meneses had another two-hit game, while Henry Ramos and Moko Moanaroa drove in a run each in the win.

DSL ace Yunior Ortega continued his impressive 2010 season Saturday morning, but the DSL Sox fell 2-1 to DSL Mets 2. Ortega struck out 3 and allowed 3 hits while holding the Mets scoreless in 6.0 innings of work before Sully Bonnelly gave up 2 runs on 2 hits, including a home run, in 2.1 innings to take the loss. Derward Ruiz had 3 hits and Juan Ugas added 2, while Curtney Doran had an RBI and was caught stealing twice.

Player of the Night: Robert Coello had his second outing with 9 strikeouts or more in his last three starts, pitching into the seventh inning in Pawtucket's win Saturday night.